Word Play

If you like words and word play, you are going to want to check this out.

It’s the “Washington Post’s Mensa Invitational”. The contest asks ask readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition.

The results are hillarious.

By the way, apparently it’s not really authored by the Post.

Nevertheless, it’s worth a read.

Here are the winners:

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

2. Ignoranus: A person who’s both stupid and an asshole.

3. Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.

4. Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.

5. 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.

Rap Your Way to a Better Vocabulary

Actually to all sorts of better learning.

That’s the premise behind these guys who started Flocabulary.

They use hip-hop to improve scores in vocabulary, reading, writing, math and social studies.

By engaging kids in a medium they think is cool, learning suddenly becomes fun.

And kids do seem to have an uncanny ability to memorize song lyrics (even when they have trouble memorizing basic times tables).

Check out this introductory video.

I think it’s a great idea with a lot of potential to help people (not just kids) remember all sorts of messaging.