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Improve your English

For lack of anything better to post, here’s a little something to humour your day…

Once again, The Washington Post has published the
winning submissions to its yearly neologism contest,
in which readers are asked to supply alternate
meanings for common words.

The winners are:

1. Coffee (n.), the person upon whom one coughs.

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

5. Willy-nilly (adj.), impotent.

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

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

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

9. Flatulence (n.) emergency vehicle that picks you up
after you are 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.), (back by popular demand):
The belief that, when you die, your 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.

The Washington Post’s Style Invitational also asked
readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it
by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and
supply a new definition.

Here are this year’s winners:

1. Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid
people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The
bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of
breaking down in the near future.

2. Foreploy (v): Any misrepresentation about yourself
for the purpose of getting laid.

3. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which
renders the subject financially impotent for an
indefinite period.

4. Giraffiti (n): Vandalism spray-painted very,very

5. Sarchasm (n): The gulf between the author of
sarcastic wit and the person who doesn’t get it.

6. Inoculatte (v): To take coffee intravenously when
you are running late.

7. Hipatitis (n): Terminal coolness.

8. Osteopornosis (n): A degenerate disease.

9. Karmageddon (n): its like, when everybody is
sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And
then, like, the Earth explodes and it’s like, a
serious bummer.

10. Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting
through the day consuming only things that are good
for you.

11. Glibido (v): All talk and no action.

12. Dopeler effect (n): The tendency of stupid ideas
to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.

13. Arachnoleptic fit (n.): The frantic dance
performed just after you’ve accidentally walked
through a spider web.

14. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito
that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning
and cannot be cast out.

15. Caterpallor (n.): The color you turn after finding
half a grub in the fruit you’re eating.

And the pick of the literature:

16. Ignoranus (n): A person who’s both stupid and an

April 10, 2007 at 9:21 pm Leave a comment

Easter Weekend

We had an amazing Easter weekend. On Friday, Alex wanted to go to a parade which was starting in Raval at this huge old church. Other churches added groups to the parade. It started at 5:00 so we went close to where it bagan. Apparently, it makes its way to the cathedral and arrives around 8:30 at night. Leading the parade were 2 mounted police. Beautiful horses and uniforms. The riders were very friendly too.

We picked a spot where people were shortest and right across from the mounted police. While we were waiting for the parade to start we met these three Catalan women. They were just too funny. They were chatting up the mounted police and flirting with them. They were laughing and have a great time. We chatted with them and they told us all about the parade, where they lived, how long they’d known each other and lots of other chit chat. The one on the right said I looked american and apologized when I told her I was canadian. We had so much fun with them.

The procession started and this massive float came down the street. It was being carried by many men who were actually under it and physically carrying it. One man was in front of the float yelling out instructions and directions. There was lots of gold on this float. Really gorgeous.

The fixtures just glowed in the sun. Very beautiful creations and I am sure they were REALLY heavy.

In between the floats were people walking. A group of Spanish women in traditional dress walked by and I managed to get her attention and a big smile. I was so excited I blurred the shot. I had to soften it up to save the photo but her smile was beautiful.

The parade had other marchers and one other huge float but I didn’t manage to capture them well. The crowds were too dynamic and it was hard to get good photos.

On Saturday, Sebastian drove us to Besalou, it’s just 50 kms from the french border and on the way we could see the snow covered mountains of the Pyrenees. Just beautiful. The drive through the country was just great. The trees were just showing the tinge of green that showed new life was on it’s way. It made me feel amazing inside and I enjoyed it immensley. We arrived at Besalou and I was really pleased we had come here. It was like out of a book.

Walking around the city we popped into an artist’s tellier. Josep was the artist and once again we were treated like old friends by another catalan. They are so welcoming. We chatted with him for quite along time and he shared a bit of muscatel wine with us. A really interesting individual and I loved his workshop.

Lot’s of studies and unfinished pieces.

We left Josep and wandered around the town some more. I guess you can only see so many old buildings and churches. I tried imagining what it was like 700 years ago but couldn’t get there.

The others had a good time and Alex wanted to see some part of the Jewish legacy that this village held.

Just outside the walls, down by the river, was a very serene scene. I could have sat under the tree and lost myself. Everyone was getting hungry and we still had to get to Olot.

We finally arrived in Olot and had a great meal there. It took a bit of time to find the restaurant because Sebastian was looking for one that they had been to a while ago. It was well worth the wait because the food was sooooo amazing. After eating we finally managed to catch up with Joy and her friends. We had been paying tag with her all day. We all went for a drink at some bar in Olot and then headed home. We went over towards Vic and saw snow by the side of the road at the higher elevations. It was a great day.

April 10, 2007 at 3:19 pm Leave a comment

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