New words from Washington Post contest

Discussion in 'Linguistics' started by Fraggle Rocker, Sep 23, 2007.

  1. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

    This week's Style Invitational: Make up a word containing the letters S T A R contiguously but in any sequence. Geeze the Post is really running out of ideas for this! Good thing the readers have not.

    Many of these won't make sense to non-Americans. However in the past you've joined in and tried to see the humor so I'll try to explain it in those cases.

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    Airsatz: What passengers breathe inside airliners.

    B'arstool: The evidence of a bear sitting in the woods. ("B'ar" is humorous dialect pronunciation of "bear" in Western movies.)

    Camper-trash: People who aspire some day to be trailer-trash. ("Caravan" and "small mobile home" in Britain. "Trailer trash" is a derogatory term for poor people living year-round in permanent camps (trailer parks) of what were designed to be a cramped vacation homes.)

    E-fenestration: Tossing out your old version of Windows.

    FlotsRAM: The three previous computers sitting in your basement.

    I-strain: What egotists give to others.

    OnSartre: A navigation system that provides no route and sees no exit. (OnStar is a GPS navigation system for cars.)

    Oughtacrats: People who have half a mind to solve all the world's problems with their brilliant ideas, and one of these days they'll get around to it.

    Overstraightment: "I am not gay. I have never been gay. The men I have sex with are not gay." (From recent embarrassing incident involving a U.S. Senator, a public restroom, and an undercover police officer.)

    Pornstarch: Viagra. (Sorry, I'll pass on the explanation.)

    Precrastination: Waiting till tomorrow to decide to put something off until another day.

    Retrash: To have a yard sale for the purpose of getting rid of the junk you bought at other people's yard sales. ("Jumble" in British English.)

    Reprocrastinate: To put off having children.

    Teetertatarstan: An unstable former Soviet republic. ("Teeter-totter" is another word for a seesaw.)
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  3. redarmy11 Registered Senior Member

    I like.

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    I'm thinking..
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