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paul wheaton

Joined: Dec 14, 1998
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Each year the Washington Post's Style nvitational asks readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing only one letter and supply a new definition. Here are the 2002 winners:
Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.
Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.
Foreploy: Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting laid.
Giraffiti: Vandalism painted very, very high.
Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.
Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.
Hipatitis: Terminal coolness.
Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)
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.
Glibido: All talk and no action.
Dopeer Effect: The tendency for stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.
And, the winner of the Washington Post's Style Invitational:
Ignoranus: A person who's both stupid and an asshole

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Mark Howard
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Joined: Feb 14, 2001
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I heard a rather amusing play on words at a work meeting one day:
assume: makes an ass out of u and me
No letters were replaced or swopped, but the definition seemed to work remarkably well, particularly in the context of IT development planning :roll:
Of course, this one may be as old as the hills and I, as usual, was the last to hear about it
Thomas Paul
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I remember seeing that one on an episode of the Odd Couple in 1972.

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Jim Yingst

Joined: Jan 30, 2000
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Yeah. It's progressed into something tiresome for me, as I find it's necessary to make assumptions all the time, in order to get things done without questioning everything. The thing is, I usually try to state the assumption up front, so that if I'm wrong, the source of the error is easier to detect. Occasionally someone pops up with that old canard about "assume" - but my theory is that it's the unstated assumptions that are the real problem. Don't bother me about my stated assumptions, unless you can replace them with more definite information.

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Paul Stevens
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Joined: May 17, 2001
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Originally posted by mark howard:
I heard a rather amusing play on words at a work meeting one day:
assume: makes an ass out of u and me

I think it was on the three stooges quite awhile ago.
Julie McCarthy

Joined: Aug 28, 2000
Posts: 21
Awwww...I forgot how much fun this forum can be.
While recommending javaranch to quite the accomplished geek today, I realized I haven't been here to dumb down the place in a long time. You'd have no reason to remember my name of course, but it makes me happy to see some familiar 'faces' at the ranch.
Rock on, y'all.

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Michael Ernest
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Joined: Oct 25, 2000
Posts: 7292

It's only been a year and five months since your last post, Julie Mc. Where's the fire?
Jim Yingst

Joined: Jan 30, 2000
Posts: 18671
You'd have no reason to remember my name of course
Well some of us remember. Hi Julie!
Julie McCarthy

Joined: Aug 28, 2000
Posts: 21
Honestly? Wow, I didn't realize. My time away is indicative of how long it's been since I last had the privilege of working with techies (not one myself).
If it helps stoke the fire, I can breathe on my monitor till it's all steamy and stuff.
p.s. Jim!!! :wave:
[ February 19, 2003: Message edited by: Julie McCarthy ]
Bert Bates

Joined: Oct 14, 2002
Posts: 8898
Ok -
I'm not saying these are great, but here are a couple of Java related 'new words':
twitch - a nervous flow control keyword, when executed the program branches both ways.
gloat - a primitive for really large floating point numbers that only you can pronounce.
fry - risky code, if it throws an exception, it's so bad that the processor can short circuit.
vinal - a class modifier for really old classes.
duper - inheriting from really cool classes
fop - a really stupid kind of loop

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