The Washington Post's Style Invitational asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting or changing one letter, and supply a new definition. Here were some winners:
*Arachnoleptic fit: The frantic dance performed just after you've accidentally walked through a spider web.
*Beelzebug: Satan in the form of a mosquito that gets into your bedroom at 3 a.m. and cannot be cast out.
*Caterpallor: The color you turn after finding half a worm in the fruit you're eating.
*Bozone: The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating.
*Decafalon: The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.
*Dopeler effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.
*Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.
*Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.
*Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.
*Karmageddon: It's like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it's like, a serious bummer.
*Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.
Proverbs 13:4—The slacker craves, yet has nothing, but the diligent is fully satisfied.
There was another clever word included in the Washington Post—Glibido: All Talk and No Action. It reminds me of a Norwegian word, Schlutif, that is slang for someone who is lazy and irresponsible. Slackers have good intentions but they fail to achieve anything because of their inherent laziness. They make great claims but get nowhere. They remind me of those who give gag gifts—boxes of nicely wrapped paper filled with smaller nicely wrapped boxes but nothing inside.
As followers of Christ we never want to be defined as full of hype but without substance. Our testimony is made sure by our actions. James said it well. “What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can his faith save him?” (James 2:14). Let’s be sure to match our talk with godly action for the glory of the One who made us to make a difference.
After all is said and done, more is said than done.—Aesop
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)