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'I can open this thing!'

DEFINITION: v., To strain with all your might in a desperate effort to open a sealed container, such as a jar of pickles. n., A small jar which cannot be opened.

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Created by: tumblebehr

Pronunciation: Strugg ner



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Created by: ErWenn

Pronunciation: /ˈskɹɛntʃ/

Sentence: Once, when presented with a jar with a lid sealed shut by dried-out shoe polish, my grandfather screnched the jar into pieces.

Etymology: From screw + wrench. Kinda sounds like "clench", which is what one does with one's teeth while screnching.


True story about my grandfather. Cut him up pretty badly, but still a very impressive display of manhood. (As with all impressive displays of manhood, a certain degree of stupidity is a necessity.) - ErWenn, 2007-10-30: 11:06:00

Your word sums up well the effort and feeling of the task. - OZZIEBOB, 2007-10-30: 16:52:00


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Created by: Lidipop

Pronunciation: 4-suh-fay-led.

Sentence: she secretly enjoyed watching him struggle! his forcefailed attempt made her laugh...hehehe :)

Etymology: force + fail.(In action)= "forcefailed"

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Created by: TJayzz

Pronunciation: ress-el-vess-el

Sentence: No matter how hard Tony tried to wrestlevessel with the jar of pickle onions he could not manage get the lid off. His wife persuaded him to let her try and with a quick twist the seal was broken in no time, the grin on her face said it all but she insisted it was all in the wrist action.

Etymology: Wrestle(To grapple with, to overcome an opposing tendency or force) + Vessel(an object used to hold or contain something) = Wrestlevessel

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Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: torrk chewer

Sentence: The torqueture caused the strain of four muscles and at least two little pickles

Etymology: torque torture


excellent - Jabberwocky, 2008-09-26: 15:02:00

The root of this word must be Torquemada, the Grand Torturer of the Spanish Inquisition! - Nosila, 2008-09-26: 20:24:00


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Created by: November


Sentence: He could just as well stop trying to twist and shout, this was one of those definite ajarafar's.

Etymology: (the obvious a Jar) Ajar adv. & adj. Partially opened: left the door ajar. + A far adj., farther or further, farthest or furthest. Being at considerable distance; remote: a far country. Going back a considerable extent in time: the far past. More distant than another: the far corner. Extensive or lengthy: a far trek.


or Ajarafarce Where the ending is also the word *farce • noun 1 a comic dramatic work or genre using buffoonery and horseplay and typically including ludicrously improbable situations. 2 an absurd event. - November, 2008-09-30: 08:43:00

metrohumanx Wow. - metrohumanx, 2008-09-30: 14:36:00


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Created by: Whittier




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Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: rist sist

Sentence: Stanley could normally open anything but this pickle jar was determined to wristsist all his efforts. Try as he mite, he could not open it. What he did not realize was that he had met the leader of the Wristsistance in his fridge, Colonel Cornichon. The Colonel had dilliberately held his position and mobilized his highly trained commandos, The Gherkins, to hold off Stanley's attacks. When Stanley held their stronghold under hot water and tapped it with a knife, the Colonel knew the siege was almost over and mustard his courage and sent out an SOS (Sweet or Sour) signal: "Mayo-day, Mayo-day, we don't relish this a salt. Although we've worked hard for our bread and butter, pickles, it is time to use our brines and admit defeat, since wristsistance is futile and sing the old war songs. 'Goodbye, Piccallili, Farewell Leicester Square, it's a long, long way to sip a sherry, but my heart's right there'. Dill we meet again, in the Alimentary Canal, I salute you."

Etymology: Wrist (a joint between the distal end of the radius and the proximal row of carpal bones) & Resist (refuse to comply;withstand the force of something;elude, especially in a baffling way)


Can't open the pickle jar? No big dill! Great paranomasiac story... - LoftyDreamer, 2008-09-29: 20:23:00


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Created by: libwen

Pronunciation: 'frik-trayt

Sentence: Sadly, the container of yogurt squirted me after I had frictrated too hard to get it open.

Etymology: friction + frustrate

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Created by: gcolton




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Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-10-30: 04:21:00
Today's definition was suggested by Clayton. Thank you Clayton! ~ James'

petaj petaj - 2007-10-30: 09:11:00
That guy in the cartoon ought to have some droolpickles with all that effort.

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-10-30: 11:38:00
Hey Petaj, Good idea! I have added some Pavlovian droolpickles. (You may need to reload to see the updated image.) ~ James

Kevcom - 2007-10-30: 15:39:00
Print it out! Print it out! Soooo Good just like the last!

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-10-31: 00:56:00
Thanks Kevcom! ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-10-31: 01:21:00
VERBOTOMY BLOG PARTY: November 1, 2007 is Verbotomy's first birthday! We are having a Blog Party to celebrate. Everybody is invited to the Verbotomy Blog to chat. All comments will be published as soon as you post them, so bring your favorite words and definitions and we'll chat. Go to Talk to you then! ~ James

petaj petaj - 2007-10-31: 04:20:00
The droolpickles look great. He must have been salivating in anticipation.

November - 2008-09-30: 07:53:00
or Ajarafarce Where the ending is also the word *farce • noun 1 a comic dramatic work or genre using buffoonery and horseplay and typically including ludicrously improbable situations. 2 an absurd event.

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2010-02-25: 00:02:00
Today's definition was suggested by Clayton. Thank you Clayton. ~ James