Style Invitational Week 1237: Our alliteracy campaign

Write a headline whose words start with the same letter; plus more
foal names from spring

(Bob Staake for The Washington Post)
By Pat Myers By Pat Myers

July 20


(Click here to skip down <#report> to more “foal” names from Weeks 1222
and 1226)

*Chris Christie’s Copious Corpus Caught in Cocky Comfort on Closed Coast *
/(Original headline, from / /“Chris Christie Caught
Sunbathing After Closing All State Beaches Over July Fourth Weekend”/

Here’s a contest we, amazingly, haven’t done before. It was suggested
way back last summer, in those innocent times, by Loser Bill Verkuilen,
who’d seen an article about a protest in which environmental activists
left piles of fake manure under donkey statues set up at the Democratic
National Convention. The Associated Press headline read: “Fracking foes
put fake feces under donkey art displays.” Bill’s friend thought the AP
should have followed through with the alliteration, suggesting “Foes
furnish fake feces for free-standing federal faction furnishings.” Bill
countered with “Drilling denouncers deliver dramatic DNC donkey doodoo.”

 This week: *Rewrite an existing headline from any publication, print or
online — about something in the news from July 20 to 31, by using
alliteration *— starting most of the words with the same letter (or
letter /sound,/ as in “Kansas Corn”). Include the original headline and
give the publication’s name and date. You may use either news headlines
or ads. While not /all / the words in the headline need begin with the
same letter, the effect will probably be weakened if a significant word
isn’t with the program.

These leggings really show off your muscles -- well, someone's muscles.

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

Winner gets the *Inkin’ Memorial
the Lincoln statue bobblehead that is the official Style Invitational
trophy — one of the last few before we come out with a new design.
Second place receives a pair of spandex leggings with the legs’ muscles,
tendons, etc., depicted on them. Creeeepy. Donated by 300-time Loser
Dave Prevar.

*Other runners-up *win our “You Gotta Play to Lose”

Loser Mug or our Grossery Bag, “I Got a B in Punmanship.”
Honorable mentions get one of our
lusted-after Loser magnets, “No Childishness Left Behind”
“Magnum Dopus.”

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

for their first ink). Deadline is Monday night, July 31; results
published Aug. 20 (online Aug. 17). See general contest rules and
guidelines at . Join the Style
Invitational Devotees group on Facebook at /
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*The Style Conversational, * the Empress’s weekly online column, isn’t
happening this week or next, but the Empress will take questions at

And from The Style Invitational four weeks ago . . .

The Empress is off on vacation, correcting people’s grammar in other
cities, so this week we bring you more honorable mentions from this
year’s two “foal” name contests: *Week 1222* was our 22nd annual
challenge to “breed” any two names from a list of this year’s Triple
Crown nominees, and to name the resulting “foal” that alludes to both
parents’ names. Then in *Week 1226*, we had you “breed” any two of those
winning names and name the “grandfoal.” The first contest drew almost
4,000 entries and the second almost 2,000, and the E is happy to have a
chance to share more of them. Today’s Losers will get Loser magnets if
they didn’t get ink in the original contest. (See the original results
at * * and *

More ‘foals’ from Week 1222

*Action Everyday x Adornes = Bruce Frillis* (Beth Morgan, Palo Alto,

*Classic Rock x Gummy = Eleanor Wriggly* (Laurie Brink, Cleveland, Mo.)

*Mo Town x Vanish = No Town *(Jonathan Hardis, Gaithersburg, Md.)

*My Blue Heaven x Action Everyday = Heaven Can Wait* (Harold Mantle,
Walnut Creek, Calif.)

*Always Dreaming x Classic Rock = Zzzzzzz Top* (John Hutchins, Silver
Spring, Md.)

*Blueridge Traveler x The Stranger = Hillbilly Joel* (Deb Stewart,
Damascus, Md.)

*Cloud Computing x My Blue Heaven = The PERLy Gates* (Pete Morelewicz,
Fredericksburg, Va.)

*Fillet of Sole x Pollock = Fish and Drips* (Malcolm Fleschner, Palo
Alto, Calif.)

*Excitations x Factorial = !!! *(Bernard Brink, Cleveland, Mo.; Nan
Reiner, Boca Raton, Fla.)

*Gummy x American Anthem = MyGumTreeTisOfThee* (Chris Doyle, Denton, Tex.)

I*t’s Your Nickel x Gummy = Montijello* (Larry Gray, Union Bridge, Md.)

*It’s Your Nickel x Horse Fly = Buffalo Wings* (Elizabeth Kline,
Frederick, Md.)

*Big Gray Rocket x Thunder Snow = MOABominable* (Mike Ostapiej, Mount
Pleasant, S.C.)

*Dangerfield x Mo Town = No R-E-S-P-E-C-T* (Larry Gray)

*One Liner x Always Dreaming = Henny Jungman* (Steve Fahey, Kensington,

*Local Hero x Convict Pike = The Hoagie Pokey* (Danielle Nowlin, Fairfax
Station, Va.)

*Pat on the Back x Excitations = Pat on the Front* (Barry Koch, Catlett,

*El Areeb x Bobby Abu Dhabi = No Visa for You! *(Mike Creveling, La
Plata, Md.)

*Iliad x My Blue Heaven = Trojan Hearse* (Rob Huffman, Fredericksburg, Va.)

*Irap x J Boys Echo = JAY Jay jay Z zzz* (Mia Wyatt, Ellicott City, Md.)

*Always Dreaming x Comma Sister = Coma Sister* (Brian Halbert, Ashburn,
Va.; Mark Raffman, Reston, Va.; Beverley Sharp, Montgomery, Ala.)

*Big Gray Rocket x Fast and Accurate = Hope It’s Ours! *(George Smith,
Frederick, Md.)

*Fact Finding x The Hardest Way = Not Making Them Up* (Mark Raffman)

And more ‘grandfoals’ from Week 1226

*Fish Shtick x Lover & Lever = Misses Paul *(Andrew Hoenig, Rockville, Md.)

*Hive Got Rhythm x Have One Skittle = Bee Stingy* (Duncan Stevens,
Vienna, Va.)

*The Half-Dime Show x Don’s Surly Slight = Nickel Odium* (Duncan
Stevens; Kevin Dopart, Washington)

*Help a Thief! x Don’s Surly Slight = GrabHerPurse, See?* (Chris Doyle)

*In a Minute Dear x Man Asses = KeepYourPants On! *(Jesse Frankovich,
Lansing, Mich.)

*In a Minute Dear x Read It and Veep = Keep Your Pence On* (Jim Holt,

*Titan the Screw x P.A.T. on the Back = Atlas Hugged *(Pamela Love,
Columbia, Md.)

*Help a Thief! x Man Asses = Aiding & Abutting *(William Kennard,
Arlington, Va.; David Garratt, Silver City, N.M.)

*Help a Thief! x O Say, Can You C++ = Aid and a Bot *(Kevin Dopart)

*Troy, Troy Again x O Say, Can You C++ = Geeks Bearing GIFs *(Beryl
Benderly, Washington)

*O Say, Can You C++ x No, It’s Iowa = O Say, Can You D-* (Drew Bennett,
West Plains, Mo.)

*Titan the Screw x In a Minute Dear = 60 Second Man *(Jeff Shirley,

*Et Tupac? x Man Asses = Shakur Booties *(May Jampathom, Oakhurst, N.J.;
Dave Zarrow, Reston, Va.)

*Left Right Repeat x Titan the Screw = Boxing Wring *(Brad Alexander,
Wanneroo, Australia)

*Read It and Veep x No, It’s Iowa = Julia SooeyDreyfus* (Roy Ashley,

*Fish Shtick x Love Hertz = 50 Shads of Grey *(Mary McNamara,
Washington; Larry Gray)

*Man Asses x In a Minute Dear = Tuchus a While *(Dudley Thompson, Cary,

*Bonus Pints x The Who? = Pinball Whizzer *(John Hutchins; Rob Huffman)

*Carnegie Dali x Help a Thief! = Lox & Burgle *(Jeff Shirley)

*Chinese Checkers x Man Asses = Chinese Cheekers *(Warren Tanabe,
Annapolis, Md.)

*Bed Bath N Bayonne x Disappearing Inc. = Bed Bath N Begone *(Tom Witte,
Montgomery Village, Md.; Jon Gearhart, Des Moines)

*Congrats, Loser x Bed Bath N Bayonne = Flunk, Bunk N Dunk *(Mae
Scanlan, Washington)

*Shall I Comp Thee? x Bare It Browning = Free Bard!* (Dave Matuskey,

*Bare It Browning x Spruuuuce!!! = Porn in the USA *(Mark Raffman)

*The Who? x Bare It Browning = Keith’s Moon *(Tom Witte)

*Still running — deadline Monday night, July 26: two separate contests!
Enter Week 1235 for song parodies about science and technology, at , plus Week 1236 for bogus
etymologies, . *