Day Brightener – More From The Washington Post

The Washington Post has also published the winning  submissions to its yearly contest, in which readers are asked to supply alternate meanings  for common words. And the winners are:

  1. Coffee, n. The  person upon whom one coughs.
  2. Flabbergasted, adj.  Appalled by discovering how much weight one has 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. Absentmindedly answering the door when wearing only a  nightgown.
  7. Lymph, v. To walk with a lisp.
  8. Gargoyle, n. Olive-flavored mouthwash.
  9. Flatulence, n.  Emergency vehicle that picks up someone who has been run over by a  steamroller.
  10. Balderdash, n. A rapidly receding  hairline.
  11. Testicle, n. A humorous question on an exam.
  12. Rectitude, n. The formal, dignified bearing adopted by  proctologists.
  13. Pokemon, n. A Rastafarian proctologist.
  14. Oyster, n. A person who sprinkles his conversation with  Yiddishisms.
  15. Frisbeetarianism, n. The belief that,  after death, the soul flies up onto the roof and gets stuck  there.
  16. Circumvent, n. An opening in the front of boxer  shorts worn by Jewish men.

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