Style Invitational Week 1204: At least ...

Comfort (or ‘comfort’) a Never-Trumper with a silver lining; plus
winning cynical definitions

(Bob Staake for The Washington Post)
By Pat Myers Entertainment
December 1

(Click here to skip down <#report> to the winning 12-word “Devil’s
Dictionary”-style entries)

*— Melania won’t be nagging you to eat your vegetables.*

*— The “Hamilton” cast won’t have to come all the way down to the White
House Blue Room anymore. *

*— The Trump Library won’t take up very much space. *

*— There’s at least a chance we won’t keep hearing about her damn emails.*

If you win, you get Abraham Lincoln. If you finish second, you get him.
(Pat Myers/The Washington Post )

REPORT FROM WEEK 1202: In Week 1202 we asked for song parodies that expressed some kind of
hope. If you’ve been in a funk since Nov. 8 but aren’t the lyrical type
(or even if you are) — or if you /are / happy with the election results
but would like to buck up a funk-dweller: *Note some good news for the
coming year to comfort — or “comfort” — those who are depressed about
the change of presidential administration. *

*Submit entries at this website:
* (all lowercase).

Winner gets the Inkin’ Memorial
the Lincoln statue bobblehead that is the official Style Invitational
trophy. Second place receives a hefty-feeling eight-inch-tall Donald
Trump bobblehead
from, the same company that sold us our extremely limited
edition (just 19 left!) Bobble-Linc. It’s a pretty good if too svelte
likeness of the president-elect except for the uncharacteristic closed
mouth (and single chin). Donated by Loser Dave Prevar.

*Other runners-up *win their choice of the yearned-for “This Is Your
Brain on Mugs” Loser mug

or our Grossery Bag, “I Got a B in Punmanship.”
Honorable mentions get one of our
lusted-after Loser magnets, “Magnet Dum Laude”

or “Falling Jest Short.”

First Offenders receive a smelly tree-shaped air “freshener” (FirStink

for their first ink). Deadline is Monday night, Dec. 12; results
published Jan. 1 (online Dec. 29). You may submit up to 25 entries per
contest. See general contest rules and guidelines at
. The headline “Maledictionary” was suggested
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*The Style Conversational *The Empress’s weekly online column, published
late Thursday afternoon, discusses each new contest and set of results.
Especially if you plan to enter, check it out at

And from The Style Invitational four weeks ago . . .


Flailing around in search of /some/ tie-in for *Week 1200,
* the Empress trotted out a recurring contest
in which we ask for wry, cynical “Devil’s Dictionary”-type definitions
of words or expressions; the catch was that the term plus the definition
had to consist of exactly 12 words (two words connected with a hyphen
counted as two).

4th place

*Mythology:* Religions no one will get angry that you call mythology
anymore. (Daniel Galef, Montclair, N.J.)

3rd place

*A nail-biter:* The first 30 seconds of a Cleveland Browns game. (Dave
Airozo, Silver Spring, Md.)

2nd place

and the ski mask with curly tentacles under the eyeholes

*Promises:* These need to be made frequently, since they don’t keep
well. (Kevin Dopart, Washington)

And the winner of the Inkin’ Memorial:

*Sex: *Something to do during the lame sketches on “Saturday Night
Live.” (Hildy Zampella, Falls Church, Va.)

The twelves of nether: honorable mentions

*“Eat your vegetables”: *Phrase uttered before finding spinach dangling
from dog’s mouth. (Hildy Zampella)

*Hands:* In a severed country, the man with tiny ones is king. (Jesse
Frankovich, Lansing, Mich.)

*Negligee:* Sleepwear for times you expect to neither sleep nor wear it.
(Kevin Dopart)

*Reality TV:* How people genuinely act while performing scripted stunts
on camera. (Melissa Balmain, Rochester, N.Y.)

*Telephone:* A retro app that some people actually use on their phones.
(Daniel Galef)

*Hoi polloi:* If you have to ask, you’re surely one of them. (Cindi Rae
Caron, Blowing Rock, N.C.)

*“Believe me”:* A lie has just been told, or shortly will be. (Gary
Crockett, Chevy Chase, Md.)

*“Make America great again”:* Fill in the blank with your chosen
prejudice. (William Kennard, Arlington)

*“With all due respect”:* “Prepare, as I snort in your general
direction.” (Gigi Thompson Jarvis, McLean, Va., a First Offender)

*“My bad”:* “I’m scoring points by flippantly admitting that I messed
up.” (Neal Starkman, Seattle)

*“Locker room talk”: *A terrible defense used to cover a terrible
offense. (Jesse Frankovich)

*“Use at own risk”:* “Legal team made us write this. Have
fun!”(Nathanael Dewhurst, Lynn, Mass.)

*Ego trip: *The belief that people worship the water you walk on. (Chris
Doyle, Denton, Tex.)

*Bar:* A place characterized by raising of glasses and lowering of
morals. (Tom Witte, Montgomery Village, Md.)

*Good old days: *When we could afford two spaces after a period. (Mary
Kappus, Washington)

** *Bridgegate:* The story of how clogged arteries caused a fat
politician’s demise. (Dave Airozo)

*Buyer’s remorse: *Coming to a neighborhood near you on January
twenty-first. (Nan Reiner, Boca Raton, Fla.)

*Cialis:* You want something to happen? Get in the same bathtub, dummy!
(Hildy Zampella)

*“Drain the swamp”:* Get rid of those who don’t look like you. (Mae
Scanlan, Washington)

*Cubs:* A team that has managed to disappoint its most masochistic fans.
(Gary Crockett)

*Dieter: *Someone who counts the calories in what everyone else is
eating. (Chris Doyle)

*Diplomacy:* The art and practice of committing international extortion
without obvious hostility. (Kevin Dopart)

*Election:* A quadrennial event that one is tempted to elect to shun.
(Douglas Raybeck, Amherst, Mass.)

*Electoral college: *Designed over 200 years ago specifically to defeat
your candidate. (Jerry Birchmore, Springfield, Va.)

*Empty-nesters:* Parents who fear their chickens may come home to roost.
(Chris Doyle)

*Exercise bike:* An oddly shaped coat rack usually found in basement
corners. (Duncan Stevens, Vienna, Va.)

*Fine print at the bottom: *An anagram of “Often the important bit.”
(Jesse Frankovich)

*Grace: *The ability to wish a scoundrel well while gritting your teeth.
(Roy Ashley, Washington)

*Mike Pence:* A politician who willingly hitched his wagon to a tsar.
(Kevin Dopart)

*Pollster:* An oracle who has swapped entrails for numbers, with similar
accuracy. (James W. Hertsch III, Fairfax)

*Roller coaster:* A carnival ride to help you relax after the election.
(Mary Kappus)

*Sinkhole:* When God decides a vacation home in Florida needs a
basement. (Lawrence McGuire, Waldorf, Md.)

*Subway:* Mass transit technology that is rumored to work in other
cities. (Kevin Dopart, Washington)

*Supermoon:* No prettier than other hardworking moons, but better lit
and publicized. (Melissa Balmain)

*Tim Kaine:* Someone whose favorite expression is “Don’t quit your day
job.” (Hildy Zampella)

*Tootsie Roll:* Food that, when chewed, helpfully removes old, worn-out
fillings. (Duncan Stevens)

*Understudy:* An actor who /means /“break a leg” when he says it. (Kevin

*Veterinarian:* A sort of magician who pulls things out of a rabbit.
(Daniel Galef)

*Voter:* One who studiously gathers all available misinformation about
candidates for office. (Duncan Stevens)

*Voters:* People with their middle fingers on the pols of the nation.
(Chris Doyle)

*Loser:* A person who succeeds at a pursuit you deem insufficiently
worthwhile. (Tom Witte)

*Style Invitational:* Contest used to prove who has the most free time.
(John Hutchins, Silver Spring, Md.)

*Still running — deadline Monday night, Dec. 5: two simultaneous
contests! *
*Week 1202,* song parodies containing some lyrics about hope:

*Week 1203,* what you would do with any of several magical powers: