Humor / Word play / Writing

Let’s play around with the language—just for fun!

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You don’t need to be a wordsmith to love word play.

The Washington Post asks its readers to redefine words to comic effect. The newspaper’s word-re-purposing contest generates some doozies.

Let your funny bone decide your favorite from the Post’s winning entries from a few years back:

  1. Abdicate (v.) to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.
  2. Lymph (v.) to walk with a lisp.
  3. Coffee (n.) a person who is coughed upon (this one is kind of spooky, given the pandemic).
  4. Flatulence (n.) the emergency vehicle that picks you up after you are run over by a steamroller.
  5. Flabbergasted (adj.), appalled over how much weight you have gained.
  6. Reintarnation (n.) coming back to life as a hillbilly.

Soon, I’ll post some more Washington Post wordsmithing, and add a few of my own. Keep smiling!

© Ron Cooper 2020



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