Paul L. Caron

Friday, October 29, 2004


The Washington Post's Style Invitational asks readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition. One of the the 2001 winners:

Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.
My non-tax favorite:
Ignoranus: A person who's both stupid and an asshole.
Update: This post sparked a Friday afternoon discussion on the TaxProf Discussion Group, and the irrepressible Jim Maule (Villanova) offered these additional tax examples (reprinted here with Jim's permission):
Biddie Tax: imposts imposed on older ladies

Cadify: what Congress does when it puts stuff into the tax law for the benefits of jerks

Excrude: the refinery product on which certain liquid fuels taxes are imposed

Gros Income: the starting point for French income taxation

Grass Income: the source of increased wealth for marijuana dealers

Like-Kin Exchange: transaction in which dependents are swapped

Nunrecognition: what happens when a female member of a religious order realizes gain

Reelization: tax policy reflected in the recent tax break for fishing tackle boxes

Repeel: trying for a second time to get to the banana

Wrecognition: what's used to start the tow truck

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