Some new 'fun' words from the Washington Post
Handout for LING-057, Language and Popular Culture
The Washington Post published its yearly contest in which readers are asked
to supply alternate meanings for various words. [Notice how many of these are 'blends'.] And
the winners are:
Coffee (n.), a person who is coughed upon.
- Flabbergasted (adj.), appalled over how much weight you have gained.
- Abdicate (v.), to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.
- Esplanade (v), to attempt an explanation while drunk.
- Willy-nilly (adj.), impotent.
- Negligent (adj.), describes a condition in which you absent-mindedly
answer the door in your nightgown.
- Lymph (v.), to walk with a lisp.
- Gargoyle (n.), an olive-flavored mouthwash.
- Flatulence (n.) the emergency vehicle that picks you up after you are
run over by a steamroller.
- Balderdash (n.), a rapidly receding hairline.
- Testicle (n.), a humorous question on an exam.
- Rectitude (n.), the formal, dignified demeanor assumed by a
proctologist immediately before he examines you.
- Oyster (n.), a person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddish
- Pokemon (n), A Jamaican proctologist.
- Frisbeetarianism (n.), The belief that, when you die, your Soul goes
up on the roof and gets stuck there
- Circumvent (n.), the opening in the front of boxer shorts
And for more fun, look at the American Dialect Society Words of the Year page.
And for previous examples from the Washington Post, see