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From: Texas Vegan (216-203-221-77.ny-02.cvx.algx.net)
Subject:         The fact is, there is no such thing as a Washington Post Mensa Invitational.
Date: April 5, 2006 at 10:29 am PST

In Reply to: vocabulary posted by 2006 on March 31, 2006 at 6:16 am:

"This list is kind of funny, but it bugged me. I could have sworn I'd seen it before. Besides, I doubt that Mensa would lend its name to an "invitational," especially one open to newspaper readers. Also, even if it were a Mensa contest, obviously a non-member wrote it.

"This year's 2005 winner." As opposed to next year's 2005 winner? Or last year's?

"Arachnoleptic fit? How many letters are we changing again? Caterpallor? Two letters changed in that one. And I'm pretty sure colors are usually classified as adjectives. There are others, but why bother.

"The fact is, there is no such thing as a Washington Post Mensa Invitational. A search of the Washington Post site indicates as much. Sadly, Snopes.com was of no help. But a Factiva search shows that a few of these words appeared in a Washington Post Style Invitational back in August 2, 1998. One of my favorites, "intaxication," appears again in the Post in the April 16, 2003 Bridge column."

Full article at the Monday, November 21, 2005 posting at "As I Please" (http://kenwheaton.blogspot.com/)

--Tex

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