Style Invitational Semaine 1485 contest: Switchcraft – transpose 2 letters to create a new word

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Toggle the L and D in LEMONADE and you get DEMON ALE: Which caused Billy and Susie’s booth to sell out in 20 minutes.

IZZLO : For this singer, the truth really it hurts.

ACT OF DOg: Does your home insurance policy cover shredded furniture?

This week’s contest was suggested by 21-time loser Jeff Rackow, who reminded the Empress of her gaffe in February when she announced the week 1474 contest as “Week 1744”, and suggested let her at least make it into a competition. This week: reverse the positions of two letters in a word, name, title or phrase, then describe the result, as in the “Lemonade/demon ale” example from Jeff and others above. (Oh, I guess you could also transpose the numbers. What the heck.) As with all of our neologism contests, feel free to include a fun sentence showing how your term might be used, since other losers might think of the same word, and because we want readers to laugh, you know?

Submit up to 25 entries to (no capitals in the web address). The deadline is Monday, May 2; results appear May 22 in print, May 19 online. See this week’s Entry Form or the Conversational Style column to learn how to format your entry.

The winner takes home the Clowning Achievement, our Style Invitational trophy. Second place receives a pair of adorable Racing Nuns: Spin the wheels at the bottom, like a toy car, and send the mini-sisters sweeping gracefully down the hall. They even have cute freckles under their wimples. Gift of loser Charlie Hummel, whose family had “given up Nun Racing for Lent”.

Fellow finalists earn their choice of our “For best results, pour into the high end” loser mug or our “Whole Fools” Grossery bag. Honorable mentions get one of our coveted Loser magnets, “A Small Jester of Appreciation” or “Close, but Ceci N’est Pas un Cigare”. First-time offenders are only given a smelly tree-shaped “air freshener” (stinky tree for their first ink). See general contest rules and guidelines at “Head Fakes” was submitted by Jesse Frankovich, Chris Doyle and Tom Witte; Dave Prevar wrote the honorable mentions subtitle. Join the lively Style Invitational Devotees group on Facebook at; “Like” the Style Invitational Ink of the Day on Facebook at; and follow @StyleInvite on Twitter.

The conversational style: The Empress’ weekly online column discusses each new contest and set of results. See this week’s published at the end of the day on Thursday April 21 to

Head fakes: Play on the headlines of the week 1481

Week 1481 was our everlasting Mess With Our Heads contest, in which readers picked a headline from any publication and reinterpreted it by adding a bank title or subtitle. The head of post “Trump probably broke the law, judge says” brought many bank heads like “Probably Catholic Pope”, “Probably Pink Sun in the East Today.”

Post title: At 101, he finally graduates from high school

Bank manager: Gap year plans; skeptical parents (Milo Sauer, Fairfax, Virginia)

“My goal, ultimately, is to get eyeballs”: Our exclusive interview with Mr. Potato Head (Barbara Turner, Takoma Park, Maryland)

2nd place and the Hillary Clinton dancing doll:

The Catholic University appoints its president: ‘Biden, duh’ (Sam Mertens, Silver Spring, Maryland)

And the winner of the clownish achievement:

Surveillance video captures a man throwing a stone through two windows: The slapped comedian continues to be assaulted (Bill Dorner, Indianapolis)

Dazed: Honorable Mentions

Date Lab: It wasn’t what she expected: Lots more panting and barking, on the one hand (Duncan Stevens, Vienna, Virginia)

At 101, he finally graduated from high school: The post apologizes for the delay (Ryan Martinez, Takoma Park, Maryland)

How to get a husband to stop and listen: Taser unveils new marketing slogan (Allen Haywood, Washington)

Looking at the trees isn’t the only way to mark the National Cherry Blossom Festival: But keep your zipper still (Kevin Dopart, Washington)

“For the love of God, this man can’t stay in power”: “I’m doing my best,” Kroger bagger sputters after Shopper Karen’s outburst (Michael Cohen, Greenbelt, Maryland)

10 women who have made history so far in 2022: Grouping them into one article gives us space to real news (Hannah Seidel, Alexandria, Virginia)

97% visibly reduced their wrinkles in one week [face cream ad]: Ga. reports great success in decreasing voter turnout (Beverley Sharp, Montgomery, Alabama)

Are we ready for another wave? Queen says she will venture out again next week. (Mark Raffman, Reston, Virginia)

Art Briles steps down as Grambling’s offensive coordinator days after being hired: “I don’t understand – I thought I was REALLY offensive” (John Hutchins, SilverSpring, Maryland)

Birth of a Final Four: ‘No more children!’ wishes mother of quadruplets (Terry Lewis, Springfield, Virginia, a first time offender)

Bowser envisions the expansion of bicycles and buses: ‘With today’s butt size, we need to have bigger seats,’ says DC mayor (Craig Dykstra, Downtown)

Bowser plans a $10 million effort to support black homeownership in the city: Hopes to expand the program to cover 4 homes next year (Allen Haywood)

The brain implant allows the completely paralyzed patient to communicate: The first communication is with the billing department (Paul Frantz, San Francisco, a first time offender)

Clarence Thomas has good advice for his wife: Explains how self-destructing messaging apps work (Karen Golden, Prince Frederick, Maryland)

Congresswoman Madison Cawthorn under fire for DC drug and orgy charges: “Why weren’t we invited?” demand from GOP leaders (Steve Benko, Southport, Conn.; Ken Bredemeier, Fairfax Station, Va.)

DC’s plans increase the number of traffic cameras issuing fines: Tires of speeders will be punished instantly with a sharp point projectile (Jeff Contompasis, Ashburn, Virginia)

The review shows just how involved Cruz was: Trump colonoscopy shows ‘clear nasal impression’, doctor says (Mark Rafman)

The Getty exhibit features stunning depictions of the human body from the Renaissance to today: They turned into bones! (Coleman Glenn, Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania)

Giving New Listening to Grammy Nominees: The picky parents arrange a second round of interviews for the surrogate (Sarah Walsh, Rockville, Md.)

The drivers of I-395 are messing around, and it’s got the tape: A man races after speeders while holding his camera out the window (Jon Gearhart, Des Moines)

If Biden is frustrated with Garland, it’s his fault: He could have removed the Christmas decorations from the White House himself, critics say (Jon Grantham, Fairfax, Virginia)

Hunter admits to killing the neighboring family’s beloved dog: Bannon touts new Biden rumor (Frank Osen, Pasadena, CA)

It’s Pride week in Austin schools. The Texas AG says it’s illegal: Envy, lust, gluttony remain lawful, the AG assures the supporters (Karen Lambert, Chevy Chase, Maryland)

Jim Jordan urges his GOP colleagues to consider impeaching Biden: The other Rs refuse because “Biden is not really president” (Steve Leifer, Potomac, Maryland)

LA County Sheriff kicks his ass again: Will be assigned to the office after the second hospital stay (Jonathan Jensen, Baltimore)

Michigan cringes at surprising South Dakota: Big tectonic shift in the Midwest reported (Roy Ashley, Washington)

Other places of worship are reopening, but attendance is stable: Deacons fill empty pews with leftover cardboard cutouts (Jon Gearhart)

Afternoon update: Cool but generally pleasant this weekend: Boris Johnson moderate but amiable after a tough week at work (Jeff Shirley, Richmond, Virginia)

Private jets are multiplying in the sky: The Mile High Club is no longer just for humans (Marli Melton, Carmel Valley, CA)

Racks can make things easier, until it’s time to clean up: “When I scrub this floor, woo-ee, I rock right now!” said Dolly Parton (Roxi Slemp, Bariloche, Argentina)

Russia accused of breaking promise: Uh. (Dave Prevar, Annapolis)

Russians maybe sick: ‘You think?’ says the head of the cancer department of the Mariupol Children’s Hospital (Don Norum, Charlottesville, Virginia)

Schools across the country are quietly removing books from their libraries: “It’s good that the censors followed our noise rules!” said the outraged librarian (Ryan Martinez)

She was a candidate to run Levi’s. Then she started tweeting: When she built a nest on her desk, they urged her to see professional help (Bird Waring, Larchmont, NY)

Youngkin’s key adviser is paid by political companies, not the state: Fellow Republicans Praise Virginia Governor’s Efforts to Control State Spending (Jerry Birchmore, Springfield, Virginia)

Sink or swim: Florida Governor DeSantis signs witch trial bill (Kevin Dopart)

Trump is losing his grip on the GOP: Blamed little fingers (Stephanie Smilay, Takoma Park, a first offender)

Smith’s slap shows he’s not perfect: Analysts: Could have used more thumb, better tracking (Duncan Stevens)

BTS member tests positive for COVID-19: “Dabbing it was even worse than the nostril test,” the singer says (Bill Dorner)

A deep dive into the blue period: ‘Avatar II: Female Biology’ reviewed (Steve Honley, Washington)

Row your own canoe: And 101 other euphemisms for masturbation (Tom Witte, Montgomery Village, Maryland)

“Curried cauliflower legitimately replaces classic chicken salad”: Gene Weingarten reports being held hostage (Coleman Glenn)

Still running – deadline Monday evening April 25 — tell us a phrase that you can use in two specific places, such as the gym and the hairdresser. To see

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