Monday, March 26, 2012

Children’s Version of Golden Rule: Do One to Others as they do One to You.

Play with Words
The Washington Post hosts a “Style Invitational,” inviting readers to take any word from the dictionary and alter it by adding, subtracting or changing one letter, and then supply a new definition.

Here are some winning entries:
sarcasm becomes sarchasm
The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the recipient who doesn’t get it

inoculate becomes inoculatte
The taking of coffee intravenously when you are running late

ibido becomes glibido
All talk and no action

From a friend, Bruce Peck:
confide becomes confido
To tell a secret to your dog

decompose becomes decomprose
A rotten style of writing

disconsolate becomes disconsolatte
The sad feeling you get when you run out of coffee

echo becomes echow
A repeated request for food

Another word-play story:
My neighbor found out her dog could hardly hear, so she took it to the vet. He found the problem was hair in its ears and cleaned both ears, and the dog could hear fine. The vet told the lady if she wanted to keep this from reoccurring she should get some “Nair” hair remover and rub it in its ears once a month. The lady went to the drug store to get some. At the register, the druggist tells her, “If you’re going to use Nair under your arms don’t use deodorant for a few days.” The lady says, “I’m not using it under my arms.” The druggist says, “If you’re using it on your legs, don’t shave for a couple of days.” The lady says, “I’m not using it on my legs either, and if you must know I’m using it on my schnauzer.” The druggist looked at her in amusement and cautioned, “Stay off your bicycle for a week.”

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