My evening routine almost always includes time for a crossword puzzle. There's something satisfying about filling those little boxes with letters so they fit correctly down and across, and figuring out the right letters appeals to my sense of logic too. Truth be told...I love words.
So I was intrigued recently when I saw a thread of messages on one of the scrapbooking message boards about artificial words. Those message boards are definitely not limited to paper crafts...you can learn all kinds of things on them. But the thread contained what was represented to be a list of the winners of a contest sponsored by the Washingon Post where readers were asked to take a word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting or changing just one letter, and supply a new definition. After researching the contest, I'm about to conclude it might be one of those Internet legends but the words are still clever and worth a laugh. Here are a few:
intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund which lasts until you realize it was your money to begin with
reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly
bozone:The atmosphereere that surrounds stupid people and prevents bright ideas from penetrating
giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high
sarchasm: The gulf between the those with sarcastic wit and those who don't get it
inoculatte:To take coffee intravenously, like when you're running late
hipatitis: Terminally cool
osteopornosis: A degenerate disease
Karmageddon: When everyone is sending off really bad vibes and then the Earth explodes
Caterpallor: The color you turn after finding half a worm in the apple you're eating
Even having read them before, they still make me smile seeing them again, but I doubt they'll be showing up in any of my puzzles anytime soon.