Style Invitational Week 1059: With parens like these . . . (to make a
song title funnier)

By Pat Myers
Thursday, February 6, 4:57 PM

*(Someone Photographed Us) The Way We Were*

*Kiss Me (Where the Sun Don’t Shine) *

*I Want to Hold Your Hand (In Warm Water While You’re Sleeping) *

Loser Dave Letizia recently shared with the Style Invitational Devotees
group on Facebook a post on Joe Blogs,
the site of
NBC Sports columnist Joe Posnanski. Mr. Blogs was expressing irritation
about the decidedly odd use of parentheses in some pop song titles:
Sometimes they contradict the rest of the title, as in “(I Can’t Get No)
Satisfaction”; other times, the only essential words are in the
parenthetical (Simple Minds’ “Don’t You (Forget About Me)”); and some
are just total head-scratchers, like Lionel Richie’s “All Night Long
(All Night).”

But Dave had an idea: What if the parenthetical made the title
/funnier?/ *This week: Add some words in parentheses to a well-known
song title to make it funnier in some way, *as in the examples above,
offered up on the Devotees page by Losers Neal Starkman, Christopher
Larson and Diane Wah in response to Dave’s suggestion.*You may also add
some description, or make up a fake line or two from the song, to add to
the funny.* Note: Adding “in bed” or “in my pants” aren’t likely to get
ink for originality. Make sure you’re using the actual song title in the
part that’s not in parentheses; we liked Jen Harris’s “(Notify Police if
This Person’s Seen) Walking in a Winter Wonderland,” except that the
song title really contains just the last two words.

Winner gets the Inkin’ Memorial
the Lincoln statue bobblehead that is the official Style Invitational
trophy. Second place receives a large plastic tote bag featuring the
logo of the Bimbo Bakeries
(“pronounced ‘Beembo,’ the Web site clarifies), sent to us from Los
Angeles by Christopher Lamora; how affirming it will be to tote a big
shopping bag announcing BIMBO, the cuddly bear mascot notwithstanding.

*Other runners-up *win their choice of a yearned-for Loser Mug
or the ardently
desired “Whole Fools” Grossery Bag.
mentions get a lusted-after Loser magnet, either the Po’ Wit Laureate

or Puns of Steel.
Offenders receive a smelly tree-shaped air “freshener” (FirStink

for their first ink). E-mail entries to /
/ or, if you were born in the 19th century,
fax to 202-334-4312. Deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 18; results published
March 9 (online March 6). No more than 25 entries per entrant per week.
Include “Week 1059” in your e-mail subject line or it might be ignored
as spam. Include your real name, postal address and phone number with
your entry. See contest rules and guidelines at
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results” line is by Kevin Dopart. Four people independently submitted
the subhead for this week’s honorable mentions, and so all of them get
no credit whatsoever. Join the lively Style Invitational Devotees group
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*Report from Week 1055, our neologism contest guest-judged by Loser Kevin Dopart — the Invite’s
top ink-getter in each of the seven previous years — as a reward for
reaching the Double Hall of Fame: getting his 1,000th blot of Invite
ink. This contest, which Kevin created himself, was the first since 2005
that Kevin didn’t enter. The challenge was to take an actual word or
term and replace one or more letters with K’s, or add K’s.

The Empress
sent Kevin all the entries without the entrants’ names attached; he’s
learning right now, along with you, who the winners are. See the Style
Conversational at ** for Kevin’s reflections on the
contest and how much he regretted offering to do the Empress’s job for

*The winner of the Inkin’ Memorial:

*Sorry I Kissed You: *The “While You Were Out” note circulating the
office the day after the holiday party. /(Kristen Rahman, Silver Spring,
Md.) /

*2.* */Winner of the regifted giant whoopee cushion

/: * *Karmadillo boots:* Dude, it was destined to be footwear! /(Gordon
Cobb, Atlanta) /

*3.* *You’ve got your troubles, I’ve got mink:* If Mae West didn’t say
it, she should have. /(Gary Crockett, Chevy Chase, Md.)/

*4.* *St. John’s work: *Clock in; revise Gospel; clock out; lunch w/
apostles; clock in; spell-check epistle; clock out; brewskis w/ JC. . .
/(Melissa Balmain, Rochester, N.Y.) /

*K sera sera: honorable mentions*

*Kimbecile:* Dennis Rodman. /(Nan Reiner, Alexandria, Va.) /

*Alaskank:* Nanookie of the North. /(Chris Doyle, The Villages, Fla.) /

*Kötterdämmerung:* The Twilight of the Sweathogs. /(Deborah Guy,
Columbus, Ohio) /

*Sporks Illustrated: *Cafeteria fanzine — check out the hot Skim-Soup
Issue! /(Kathleen DeBold, Burtonsville, Md.) /

*“A fool and his monkey are soon parted”:* An off-the-record-comment by
aMunich airport customs official.

/(Sylvia Betts, Vancouver, B.C.) /

*Kin and tonic:* Party time in West Virginia! /(Jeff Shirley, Richmond,
Va.) /

*Kongress: *What didn’t happen on top of the Empire State Building.
/(John O’Byrne, Dublin) /

*Kill & Killary:* Be afraid, voters. Be very afraid. /(Ann Martin, Falls
Church, Va.) /

*Unfurknish:* What the waitress at a scuzzy deli does when she drops a
turnover on the floor. /(Frank Osen, Pasadena, Calif.) /

*Seeksucker suit:* Favorite summer attire of top televangelists. /(Gary
Crockett) /

*Leak of faith:* Action taken by a True Reliever. /(Jeff Shirley) /

*Mennonikes: *Shoes that put a little rumspringa in your step. /(Mike
Ostapiej, Mount Pleasant, S.C.)/

*Tropic of Canker:* The latitude line that passes through the U.S.
Capitol. /(Diane Wah, Seattle) /

*The Big Kipper:* Pisces./(Melissa Balmain) /

*Kneed-to-know tactics:* Unfriendly persuasion. /(Beverley Sharp,
Montgomery, Ala.) /

*Béla Kartók:* A composer whose works — popular with NPR hosts Click and
Clack — are written solely for the automobile horn. /(Melissa Balmain) /

*Tykrannosaurus: *A destructive beast to whom an adult never said no.
/(Lawrence McGuire, Waldorf, Md.) /

*Stork surge:* What hospitals see nine months after a hurricane. /(Lela
Martin, Midlothian, Va.) /

*Sixteen Cankles:*1980 romantic comedy about the East German women’s
crew team. /(Mark Raffman, Reston, Va.) /

*Skip of the tongue:* An intentional omission. /(Hugh Pullen, Vienna,
Va.) /

*Chickpeaks:* Some hot garbanzos. /(Jeff Contompasis, Ashburn, Va.) /

*Subfreeking:* Really, REALLY cold. /(Brendan Beary, Great Mills) /

*Atlanta Brakes:* A team known for its short stops. /(Alba Frias,
Bethesda, Md.) /

*Ne’er-do-Welk:* An unemployed accordionist. /(Christopher Lamora, Los
Angeles) /

*Clandestink: *Silent flatulence in a crowded elevator. /(David Garratt,
Silver City, N.M.)/

*Kendowed:* Possessing no discernible genitals. /(Jeff Contompasis) /

*Christmask:* The Shroud of Turin. /(Melissa Balmain)/

*KYPD:* How Yogi Bear occasionally refers to the Jellystone Rangers.
/(David Garratt) /

*Kutumn:* Season of pruning. /(John O’Byrne) /

*Professor Snake:* He’s definitely Slytherin. /(Ann Martin)/

*Ikcicle:* What you find hanging from the outhouse. /(Beverley Sharp) /

*The Seven Deadly Sinks:* Those dwarves really need a new housekeeper.
/(Ann Martin)/

*Publick:* Being facedown in an Irish bar. /(Robert Gallagher,
Charleston, S.C.) /

*Freek: *Someone who will spend six dollars in gas to redeem a coupon
for a 60-cent soft drink. /(David Garratt) /

** Worst. Recipe. Site. Ever. /(Gary Crockett) /

*Have-knots:* Anxious folks. /(Dave Silberstein, College Park, Md.) /

/And Last:/ *Kevink:* If you didn’t get it, I didn’t get it. — The K
/(Lydia Cade, Colmar Manor, Md., a First Offender) /

*Still running — deadline Monday night: our Week 1058 “Good/Bad/Ugly”
joke contest. See *

/See the Empress’s online column The Style Conversational
(published late
Thursday), in which she discusses today’s new contest and results along
with news about the Loser Community — and you can vote for your favorite
among the inking entries, since you no doubt figured the Empress chose
the wrong winner. If you’d like an e-mail notification each week when
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*Next week’s results: Weather or Nuts * or *Winters and Losers, * a
contest for new meteorological terms. See

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