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Created by: Nosila


Sentence: Be careful what you wish outloud for...


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Created by: c1mcgraw

Pronunciation: CA-vil-roo

Sentence: Beth suddenly heard in her head the pounding hooves of the cavilrue, as the smirking waiter approached with her re-cooked steak.

Etymology: Cavil -- to raise irritating and trivial objections. Rue -- to feel sorrow over; repent of; regret bitterly.

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Created by: bzav1

Pronunciation: maitre dee skusting

Sentence: What he did to my cake was maitrdisgusting. I will never complain about my dessert again!

Etymology: maitre de + disgusting

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Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: ree ta la fo bee ya

Sentence: When Fastedia dines out, she always finds fault with her meal selections. Her complaints are picky, minor beefs that really annoy the wait staff. (Where's my parsley garnish?) Afterall, they are busy enough without running back and forth for her. After several acts of revenge in past, she has developed retaliphobia of the servers. It makes her job as a restaurant columnist all the harder...

Etymology: Retaliate (take revenge for a perceived wrong)& Phobia (an anxiety disorder characterized by extreme and irrational fear of simple things or social situations)

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Created by: Stevenson0

Pronunciation: wey/dress

Sentence: Whenever you complain and send back an item at a restaurant be prepared for the waitress to waitdress your food with a little spattle and snottle to make things just right for you.

Etymology: WAITDRESS - verb WAITRESS (a woman who waits on tables) + REDRESS (satisfaction for wrong; to set right; remedy, or repair)


metrohumanx Great word! - metrohumanx, 2008-10-28: 17:44:00


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Created by: logarithm

Pronunciation:·fo.bik sab′ə fo bIk


Etymology: Sabotage - A deliberate act of destruction or disruption in which equipment is damaged. Phobic - suffering from irrational fears.


metrohumanx Sabophobic is real textbook material. - metrohumanx, 2008-11-19: 20:27:00


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Created by: Stevenson0

Pronunciation: mey/truh/byoo/shun

Sentence: As soon as she returned her over cooked steak, she had a sick sense that maitrebution would occur behind the closed doors of the kitchen on her new steak.

Etymology: maitre d'+ retribution


franke Great word -- I'll be thinking about it the next time I send food back at a restaurant. Yikes!! - franke, 2007-11-30: 10:03:00

A legitimate beef. No doubt her next steak will be cooked medium hair. - purpleartichokes, 2007-11-30: 10:22:00


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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: ri-sip-ruh-keyk

Sentence: After Joyce complained about her entrée she feared that the dessert she ordered might be a slice of reciprocake.

Etymology: reciprocate (to give and receive reciprocally; interchange) + cake (a sweet, baked, breadlike food, made with or without shortening, and usually containing flour, sugar, baking powder or soda, eggs, and liquid flavoring)

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Created by: petaj

Pronunciation: counter attack

Sentence: No sooner had Nelly complained to the insurance officer across the service desk about the poor quality of the repairer's work on her storm-damaged roof, she felt that coil of fear in her stomach. Would this woman counterattack with quick thrust of her letter opener, or was she in for a year delay in getting the ruined carpet replaced.

Etymology: counter attack (retaliation) + counter (where one obtains service in a shop or service centre)

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Created by: flyingheadlice

Pronunciation: way-tal-i-ah-FO-bee-ah

Sentence: Leonard has determined that Sheldon does not have waitaliaphobia, as he continuously offends Penny with no fear of repercussions.

Etymology: waiter retaliation phobia

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Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-11-30: 00:28:00
Today's definition was suggested by remistram. Thank you remistram~ James

remistram - 2007-11-30: 10:14:00
I admit - one of my paranoias....

purpleartichokes - 2007-11-30: 13:49:00
Thanks for all the great definitions Remi!

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-12-01: 07:45:00
By the way, Remistram also gets a credit for yesterday's definition. She originally submitted her definition about compulsive sniffing in June, so I have added her name to the credits which she shares with kabloozie. Thanks! ~ James

silveryaspen - 2008-12-09: 01:06:00
Am I the only one confounded by the previous verbotomies being show as new ones, along with the re-run of the definition? When we go to vote for the new verbotomies, it's going to be confusing to vote for the new verbotomies instead of the old verbotomies.

logarithm - 2008-12-09: 04:24:00
A re-run, huh? I think it's ok to mix the old and new verbotomies together, and let people vote for their favourites. New verbotomies are great, but some of the old ones might still be the better ones. p/s Silveryaspen: I am back! ;-)

wayoffcenter - 2008-12-09: 05:31:00
But old games have already been decided and have major point advantages over any new entries. It stops regular contributors from playing. They already have a word entered for this contest.

logarithm - 2008-12-09: 07:02:00
It's a contest?

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2008-12-09: 07:05:00
Hey Silvery et al, Oops! Double replay. I have now updated today's definition. See it here: Isn't it a bit early to be wearing Christmas decorations? Be creative, James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2008-12-09: 07:17:00
Yes, logarithm, it's a game. We have daily and weekly winners. The winning word of the day gets printed in the "b", Baltimore's free daily newspaper. See: b the paper. ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2010-03-25: 00:11:00
Today's definition was suggested by remistram. Thank you remistram. ~ James

'That cake is so dry it's completely indigestible!'

DEFINITION: n., The fear that your service representative will retaliate after you have complained. v., To be afraid of bad service because you complained about it.

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