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'Do you have anything to say about your predecessor?'

DEFINITION: v. To pretend to forget an embarrassing act or event. n. A person who pretends to forget embarrassing moments or actions.

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Shambush

Created by: TJayzz

Pronunciation: Sham-bush

Sentence: Asked what it felt like to follow in the footsteps of his predecessor the new president cleverly avoided the question by faking a shambush and pretending he didn't know who the interviewer was talking about.

Etymology: Sham(fake) + Bush(Surname of the previous president of the USA)

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COMMENTS:

Cleverly crafted sentence! Avoiding the press's ambush with shambush! - silveryaspen, 2009-01-22: 11:04:00

funny - Jabberwocky, 2009-01-22: 12:38:00

Oh, my...wish I'd seen this before I used up all my votes! Love it. - readerwriter, 2009-01-22: 16:20:00

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Defactualize

Created by: Stevenson0

Pronunciation: de/fak/choo/al/ize

Sentence: All politicans, from the lowliest elected, to the President of the United States, must be able to defactualize certain happenings in order to be diplomatic and appear inclusive, accepting and tolerant of all people and situations.

Etymology: DEFACTUALIZE - verb - from DE (added to form verbs applying removal, or reversal) + FACT (something that actually happened, or exists) + ACTUALIZE (actual; to realize in action)

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COMMENTS:

Superb sentence and word! Wouldn't it be wonderful if there was some way to deactivate those who defactualize? - silveryaspen, 2009-01-22: 11:01:00

Great word...like when we unhire someone at work, we decruit them! - Nosila, 2009-01-22: 20:16:00

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Pretendshuhsh

Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: pree/tend/sh/huh/sh

Sentence: Sally was so pretendshuhsh that she would never acknowledge recognizing the employee at the liquor store who routinely pushed her heavily laden cart around the store.

Etymology: pretend + huh? + shush + hush + pretentious

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Great combo. Great word. - silveryaspen, 2009-01-22: 10:55:00

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Forgetwit

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: fərgetwit

Sentence: As he took up the mantle of his new job, Barry took the high road and chose to ignore the blunders of his predecessor — to forgetwit. It was not an easy thing to do.

Etymology: forget (fail to remember) + twit (fool)

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Oliberate

Created by: Nuwanda

Pronunciation: o-lib-er-ate

Sentence: Rather than obliterating his vanquished foe, the commander-in-chief demonstrated his ultimate coolness by oliberating him instead. With the whole world watching, he took the high road, though he had to clear a lot of brush off it because it had been untraveled for so long. If only he knew someone who was good at clearing brush. Oh yeah, not going to go there.

Etymology: A twist on the word obliterate, to incorporate liberate and to pay tribute to the O of the mOment.

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COMMENTS:

Well-crafted endings ... of both sentence and etymology! Oliberate is such a highly hopeful word. Obama has inferred comparisons to Lincoln, MLK, Kenedy and so many others, so I also thought it very clever that this brings to mind The Great Liberator, Simon Bolivar. - silveryaspen, 2009-01-22: 01:36:00

Good word and interesting sentence, good wordplay! - Nosila, 2009-01-22: 20:14:00

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Shamnesia

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: sham-NEEZ-ya

Sentence: Embarrassed at the prospect of actually revealing that he had been doing some personal 'research' on his predecessor, Barry instead created for himself, a state of shamnesia wherein he merely pretended that he knew nothing at all regarding the details of that 'research'.

Etymology: Blend of 'sham' (fake) and 'amnesia' (loss of a large block of interrelated memories)

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COMMENTS:

Can't understand why it isn't in common usage already! well done! - galwaywegian, 2009-01-22: 03:42:00

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Dubbayude

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: dub ba yewd

Sentence: When asked by Katie Couric, what was his most emBaracksing moments leading up to winning the election, Obama said it was admitting that he followed GWB into the White House. When asked why he would find that emBaracksing, Obama said he lacked the knack of making up his own words and their meanings and that he had virtually no experience invading foreign countries and making them hate his fellow Americans! He felt like a school janitor. That meant he dubbayude mopping up the verbal diarrhea and intellectual constipation he found himself surrounded by and cleaned up for the next time. You see, he was just Biden his time up until now!

Etymology: dubba (George W. Bush's nickname, one of the kinder ones; also means double) & You'd (you would, too!)

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COMMENTS:

luv the way you play with words and ideas! - silveryaspen, 2009-01-22: 01:06:00

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Washingone

Created by: mweinmann

Pronunciation: wash - ing - gone

Sentence: When in Washington, it is often to your advantage to play Washingone when you are asked too many questions about which you are unsure of the "best" answers to; especially when you are asked by media representatives who will broadcast your responses to be seen by millions of viewers.

Etymology: Wash + Washing + Washington + Gone --- Wash(ing) (the work of cleansing (usually with soap and water;Taking a buffer and running it through a filter of some sort. The result will (more often than not) be cleaner and more pleasing than the original) - Washington (the capital of the United States in the District of Columbia) - Gone (destroyed or killed)

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Sometimes those in DC also inspires Wishingone! Capital create! - silveryaspen, 2009-01-22: 10:52:00

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Chagret

Created by: jajsr

Pronunciation: Sha-gr-ette

Sentence: When asked about the former President's news conference, President Obama conveniently chagretted the incident.

Etymology: Mixture of "chagrin" - disquietude or distress of mind caused by humiliation, disappointment or failure; and "forget" - to lose the remembrance of.

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Shiftyeyenesia

Created by: youngin105

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Sentence: When someone has been caught pretending to have forgotten an embarrassing event: 'God, what a shiftyeyenesiac!'

Etymology: Shifty-eye: motion associated with guilt and/or embarrassment + nesia: the latter part of 'amnesia'.

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Comments:

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2009-01-22: 00:01:01
Today's definition was suggested by Mustang. Thank you Mustang. ~ James

metrohumanx metrohumanx - 2009-01-22: 06:33:00
Well, they found methane on Mars. Now we have to find the Martian cows responsible for the bovine flatulence.

silveryaspen - 2009-01-22: 11:12:00

readerwriter - 2009-01-22: 16:19:00
It's the one who jumped over the moon, Metro...

Nosila - 2009-01-22: 20:08:00
Isn't Mars part of the Milky Way?

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2014-10-24: 00:01:00
Today's definition was suggested by Mustang. Thank you Mustang. ~ James