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'Did you get the boss's message?'

DEFINITION: v., To grasp the meaning of muddled texts like blog posts, emails and text messages where standard grammatical or spelling conventions have been ignored. n., The ability to read and understand confused or poorly written messages.

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Intextpret

Created by: leechdude

Pronunciation: in-text-pret

Sentence: It was difficult to intextpret what Diego was trying to say but Joe figured it meant, 'never enter the ladies' washroom.'

Etymology: interpret, text

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Babelolfishcate

Created by: solocard

Pronunciation: bayb-lol-fish-cayt

Sentence: Even though Jimmy was adamant that his texts were easily understood, it took a while before his parents were able to babelolfishcate his messages.

Etymology: From the term "Babel Fish", mixed with internet speak. Other usages include Babelwtfish.

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petaj Got give a vote for a HGTTG reference - petaj, 2007-11-16: 06:51:00

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Lingjist

Created by: porsche

Pronunciation: ling/jist

Sentence: A talented lingist can unravel the meaning of any text.

Etymology: linguist + gist

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Good one Porsche! - purpleartichokes, 2007-11-15: 19:03:00

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Cryptograsp

Created by: xirtam

Pronunciation: krip-tuh-grahsp

Sentence: See if you can cryptograsp what I am typing. "You don't hvae to crroeclty sepll erevyhting jsut hvae all the ltteres, and hvae the fsrit and lsat lteetr in the crreoct poistoin." Pretty cool.

Etymology: crypto from cryptogram, A piece of writing in code or cipher. + grasp, mental hold or capacity; power to understand.

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Nice! - purpleartichokes, 2007-11-15: 19:00:00

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Gobbledegeek

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: GOB-ehl-de-geek

Sentence: As are all his associates, Lyndon is a total gobbledegeek who can instantly decipher the garbled lingo and abbreviations used by those who textmessage and post on blogs and forums.

Etymology: Blend of 'gobbledegook' (language characterized by circumlocution and jargon, usually hard to understand) and 'geek' (one who is knowledgeable about current technology)

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Jumbleguya

Created by: lumina

Pronunciation: jum/bl/gi/a

Sentence: The new boss seemed to have his own language when it came to texting. At first everyone was nervous. It wasn't until someone made a call down to the mailroom where Simon the jumbleguya worked. He could unscramble eggs.

Etymology: play on Jambalaya

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COMMENTS:

metrohumanx Twenty lashes with a wet noodle, Lumina. - metrohumanx, 2008-10-14: 02:34:00

Youch! (mix of Yummy and Ouch) :) - lumina, 2008-10-14: 10:04:00

great word - Jabberwocky, 2008-10-14: 13:20:00

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Degibbercrypt

metrohumanx

Created by: metrohumanx

Pronunciation: dee-JIBBER-cript..........Degibbercrypt is an existing word. (Based a match found for Degibbercrypt found by TheFreeDictionary.)...I find this unlikely, and I stand by my word. -Metro

Sentence: Each dreary morning, Stubbly Stu entered the Temple of Technology where he was employed as an InfoTech specialist. Winter was approaching and the sun's piercing rays bounced off the freshly waxed hallway floors into his tender eyeballs, which had not fully recovered from a gin-soaked weekend of cyber-debauchery. Stunned and amazed, Stubbly Stu saw a cluster of his co-workers gathered in a confused knot and arguing with an intensity usually displayed at a much later, and more humane, time of day. Sookie was waving her Blackberry, Jeff had unholstered his cellfone, and poor low-tech Mark was clutching a crumpled E-mail memo he had printed out, not assigning any reality to something he could not hold in his hand. They all looked up at the same time and saw Stubbly Stu standing there agog. "Stu! Help us!" cried Sookie. "The boss sent out a memo, and we can't figure out if we're all fired or if we're to hurry down to the conference center!" The boss, newly arrived from Red China, stubbornly refused to learn more than the rudiments of Engrish, and regarded punctuation and spelling as a capitalist plot intended to make her "lose face". "Stand back, folks!" Stubbly Stu said with a flourish..." I'm going to DEGIBBERCRYPT this message RIGHT NOW!".....and so he did. They were all fired. :)

Etymology: Fusion of DECRYPT and GIBBERISH.....DECRYPT:transitive verb -to convert (as a coded message) into intelligible form; to recognize and interpret (an electronic signal).....GIBBERISH:unintelligible or meaningless language; a technical or esoteric language; pretentious or needlessly obscure language often generated by pompous or incompetent pseudotechnocrats who have attained positions of power, or think they have.

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metrohumanx A mind is a terrible thing. http://www.nsa.gov/MUSEUM/ - metrohumanx, 2008-10-14: 02:40:00

Eggzellint! - Mustang, 2008-10-14: 17:21:00

Great story and word! - Nosila, 2008-10-14: 20:15:00

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Decyber

Created by: rikboyee

Pronunciation: dee-sigh-bah

Sentence: when i texted 'flz 88 grm nb h5g nnzz' to my friend i was confident he would be able to decyber it

Etymology: decipher, cyber

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Textititis

Created by: sipsoccer

Pronunciation: (Text-a-ty-tus)

Sentence: What the heck? You got textititis or something? I can't read your texts.

Etymology: Text: what you do or see. ititis: diseased

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Cypherfathom

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: sīfərfaðəm

Sentence: Harry spent his career breaking coded messages in his job at the NSA. Despite this he has trouble trying to cypherfathom emails and texts from his kids.

Etymology: cypher (a secret or disguised way of writing) + fathom (understand)

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Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-11-15: 00:01:00
Today's definition was suggested by Tigger. Thank you Tigger! ~ James

lumina - 2008-10-14: 00:53:00
jumbleguya

lumina - 2008-10-14: 00:58:00
Sorry bout that folks. Put my word in the comment area by accident.

metrohumanx metrohumanx - 2008-10-14: 02:48:00
I never know WHERE my comments are gonna pop up. Life IS uncertainty, I guess.

metrohumanx metrohumanx - 2008-10-14: 02:49:00
See what I mean?

zxvasdf zxvasdf - 2008-10-14: 08:47:00
I sure do!

lumina - 2008-10-16: 19:54:00
Yes, comments...you add them and just hope they show up where you thought. Since this seems a good a place as any AND since I waited long enough to not "jump the gun" like the other time I thought I had the winning word... "I would like to thank The Academy, the cast and crew, Kraft service, all little people I stepped on to get here, of course God, Jesus and my parents...for if it wasn't for them I would be here." *music kicks in...dancing guy with hook comes out from behind curtains..." "OH! I have to hurry!!! You like me! You really, really like me!" (classis Sally Field Oscar moment...but you guys knew that, right?) :)

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2010-03-11: 00:35:00
Today's definition was suggested by Tigger. Thank you Tigger. ~ James