Sep 21, 2006

Etymology Lesson

Yes, sometimes I read the dictionary for fun! Does that make me a bad person? Someday I hope to see some of these revised definitions in there. (Thanks for the forward Karie! Love it!)

The Washington Post publishes a yearly contest in which readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for various words. The following were some of 2001's winning entries:

1. Coffee (n.), a person who is coughed upon.

2. Flabbergasted (adj.), appalled over how much weight you have gained.

3. Abdicate (v.), to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.

4. Esplanade (v.), to attempt an explanation while drunk.

5. Willy-nilly (adj.), impotent

6. Negligent (adj.), describes a condition in which you absent-mindedly answer the door in your nightgown.

7. Lymph (v.), to walk with a lisp.

8. Gargoyle (n.), an olive-flavored mouthwash.

9. Flatulence (n.) the emergency vehicle that picks you up after you are run over by a

10. Balderdash (n.), a rapidly receding hairline.

11. Testicle (n.), a humorous question on an exam.

12. Rectitude (n.), the formal, dignified demeanor assumed by a proctologist immediately before he examines you.

13. Oyster (n.), a person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddish expressions.

14. Circumvent (n.), the opening in the front of boxer shorts.

15. Frisbeetarianism (n.), The belief that - when you die - your Soul goes up on the roof and gets stuck there.

16. Pokemon (n), A Jamaican proctologist


Leslie said...

those are great! i think my favorite is negligent. or lymph. too funny!

Adriane said...

Haha, nice. I like "coffee" particularly. And "Pokemon".

Emily said...

Hysterical! I'm stealing this to repost elsewhere.

Foot Handle Pete said...

That was very funny, I thought that my dental assitant, (kris) was going to have an accident. we printed it out and showed it to paitents all day, got lots o' lauhgs. FHP

Bartimaeus said...

I didn't see any bugs on this post?