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'The victim of an extremely vicious browbeating'

DEFINITION: n. Annoying neighbors who spend endless hours mowing their lawns, painting their fences, washing their cars, and browbeating you because you have a life. v. To express disapproval for someone's lifestyle.

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Domichiders

Created by: rombus

Pronunciation: dome - chide - urs

Sentence: Lucy and Ken have become the domichiders of their neighboorhood. Everyone avoids them like the plague because they are constantly giving all the neighbors suggestions on how to improve their homes, yards and lives....

Etymology: domicile and chide

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Admire your sentence for the implied way domichiders reminds us of a spiders ... and both equally unwelcome! Greate create! - silveryaspen, 2009-03-17: 14:04:00

metrohumanx Very clever! - metrohumanx, 2009-03-18: 04:53:00

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Neighbores

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: nābôrz

Sentence: John found the people next door complete neighbores. What little personality they had is hyper-directed into lawn care. They have gone so far as to install electric fences to keep squirrels from walking on their perfectly-manicured yard. Squirrels in the trees you ask? Absolutely not! No trees! Trees are far too random in the way they grow and all that leaf dropping just won't do. Grass clipped to 5/8 inch and a few carefully-selected flowers are all they'll tolerate.

Etymology: neighbor (a person living near or next door to the speaker or person referred to) + bores (people whose talk or behavior is dull and uninteresting)

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Honebodies

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: hone bod ees

Sentence: Marcia was always criticized by her neighbours, because she never stayed home and spent hours working on her house. The Kranks, the honebodies from next door, were the first suspects when Marcia was found dead on her grass. She should have taken fencing lessons to get lawn order.

Etymology: Hone (to sharpen, improve,make perfect or complete) & WordPlay on Homebodies (people who seldom leave home)

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Naboobs

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: NAY-bubes

Sentence: Coretta thought of her neighbors as naboobs, people of some wealth and circumstance who who had nothing better to do than improve their properties and their lives while she sunbathed, partied and did her best to just look pretty.

Etymology: Play on the word 'nabob' (A person of wealth and prominence)

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COMMENTS:

Good word there Mustang :) I was waiting to read what kind of sentence or story you would write with the "Naboobs" of the neighborhood! lol, Very good description! - abrakadeborah, 2009-03-17: 01:43:00

metrohumanx Very titillating word, there, Mr M! - metrohumanx, 2009-03-17: 03:14:00

Hey Deborah...uh huh...there's boobs, and then there's boobs. Not all of them are rednecks. ;-) - Mustang, 2009-03-17: 06:18:00

Thanks Metro...My cup runneth over..... - Mustang, 2009-03-17: 06:19:00

There goes the naboobhood! - readerwriter, 2009-03-17: 07:09:00

There goes the naboobhood! - readerwriter, 2009-03-17: 07:09:00

got a big laugh out of how you took a snobby word like nabob and brought it down to the boob level! - silveryaspen, 2009-03-17: 13:57:00

Mustang, what a good Mammory you have for words! You get a lot of support here, too. - Nosila, 2009-03-17: 23:26:00

Got the idea off the boob tube....lots of good mammories from watching that. - Mustang, 2009-03-18: 02:30:00

Like your word Mustang, these comments rate an A+ ... especially for being funny! - silveryaspen, 2009-03-18: 13:00:00

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Naysaybours

Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: nay say burz

Sentence: The final straw was when the naysaybours complained that her underwear was too loud

Etymology: neighbours naysayers

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Good one...was she from Nickeragua? - Nosila, 2010-09-29: 00:42:00

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Lifenvy

Created by: remistram

Pronunciation: li-fen-vie

Sentence: Cam and Sylvia took their lifenviousness too far when they parked their truck on Trish's front lawn. She's never home to take care of her property anyway and she won't even notice it there.

Etymology: life + envy

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Fastediouswipers

metrohumanx

Created by: metrohumanx

Pronunciation: fass-TEED-ee-us-WHY-purrz

Sentence: The people next door were disdainful- Of Kate who’d relax on her lawn. While they mowed until it became painful.... She would leisurely laugh and then yawn. His name was Hector and hers didn’t matter- The Grooms were bad neighbors and as they grew fatter, They bullied, they swaggered, they tried to be pushy.... But Kate just reclined on magnificent tushy..... K was aloof and the Grooms domineering- judgemental, pathetic and constantly jeering... But all those who knew her said Kate was sublime, and manicured lawns were a sad waste of time.... We all knew the Grooms were disdainful old gripers- Some even called them FASTEDIOUSWIPERS!

Etymology: FASTidious+tEDIOUs+Swipe+WIPERS= FASTEDIOUSWIPERS.....FASTIDIOUS: scornful, difficult to please, having capricious standards; fastidious Middle English, from Latin fastidiosus, from fastidium disgust, probably from fastus arrogance (probably akin to Latin fastigium top) + taedium irksomeness.....TEDIOUS: tiresome because of length or dullness, dreary fat and boring; Middle English, from Late Latin taediosus, from Latin taedium Latin taedium disgust, irksomeness, from taedēre to disgust, weary.....SWIPE: a sharp often critical remark, a strong sweeping blow; probably alteration of sweep [1739].....WIPERS: a person who wipes(usually derogatory),something (as a towel, sponge or 2-ply paper) used for wiping certain areas; origin obscure [1552]

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metrohumanx GNOME MORE LANDSCRAPING! http://www.freethegnomes.com/ - metrohumanx, 2009-03-17: 02:51:00

Naming him Hector was a stroke of genius. Interesting verbotomy and great etymology! - silveryaspen, 2009-03-17: 14:21:00

Good word. :) - kateinkorea, 2009-03-17: 19:49:00

You are brilliant and so creative :) - abrakadeborah, 2009-03-25: 14:02:00

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Twitbores

Created by: abrakadeborah

Pronunciation: twit-bores

Sentence: The Adams family were such twitbores that neighbors could not survive in order to comply with their perfectionism.

Etymology: Twit- To taunt, ridicule, or tease, especially for embarrassing mistakes or faults. Bores- a dull, repetitious, or uninteresting person, activity, or state.

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Jonesists

Created by: BookWorm579

Pronunciation:

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Annoighbors

Created by: WeimCentral

Pronunciation: a-noi-burs

Sentence: Betty was surrounded by annoighbors who judged her severely for her lack of Master Gardener status. Yes, she buys marked down plants at Home Depot but it is commensurate with their likelihood of viability in her yard.

Etymology: Annoy (generally vexing) + Neighbors (those who either abut your property or are just butts in your close proximity)

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Neighbores

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: nay borz

Sentence: Alice lived in an average urban housing tract of single family dwellings. She lived next door to that one couple on every block who spends every spare second out there tending their yard. These neighbores used scissors to eradicate every long single blade of grass. Their yard looked unnatural in its manicured state and even the bugs avoided it. Too bad they treated Alice and her country garden home with such disdain. They thought she was a hoe...

Etymology: Neighbors (persons who live near each other) & Bores (a person who evokes boredom;make a hole with a pointed power or hand tool)

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Hoodhogs

Created by: readerwriter

Pronunciation: hood-hawgz

Sentence: Patience had endured enough. She was exhausted from the nightly raids by her nebby neighbors, Neil and Nosy Parker. They pruned, they plowed, they picked. What deadheads! So what if her dog peed all over her lawn--it was her lawn, wasn't it? And the world needed more nitrogen! Last night was the last straw. Patience had been awakened by the sound of the duo flooding her yard with water. She stood at her window and watched in astonishment. Obviously these hoodhogs were trying to dilute the urine. Then they began to root around, scraping up the dead grass, quietly bickering over whether it should be to a depth of one-quarter or one-half inch. In the morning she had found a note on her back door saying, "Now you may sow replacement grass."

Etymology: From HOOD, slang/contraction for neighborhood + HOGS, meaning greedy or selfish, also a play on pig, derogatory for police

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No doubt distant cousins of hedgeghogs? - Mustang, 2009-03-17: 22:57:00

All that grass and not a sharp blade in sight when you need it! - Nosila, 2009-03-17: 23:29:00

metrohumanx Hahahaha! Good word! - metrohumanx, 2009-03-18: 04:49:00

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Skullandcrossjones

karenanne

Created by: karenanne

Pronunciation: skul and CROS joanz

Sentence: No matter how hard anyone on the court tried, they could never match the beauty and perfection of the Jones family's property. This was due to the fact that both Mr. and Mrs. Jones were retired landscapers, and each spent at least two hours a day working in the yard. To top it off, they went for walks each weekend in which they pointed to various sections of their neighbors' yards and whispered to one another, apparently identifying flaws and not bothering to conceal their disapproval. Some of the court's residents had nearly killed themselves trying to keep up with the Joneses, to no avail. The neighborhood atmosphere became so toxic that after a while, everyone started referring to them as "Mr. and Mrs. Skullandcrossjones."

Etymology: Jones, as in "keeping up with the Joneses" + skull-and-crossbones (a picture of the human skull above two crossed bones, now used as a warning of poison, danger or death)

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jollyroger over and out! - Nosila, 2010-09-28: 19:44:00

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Yardsell

Created by: silveryaspen

Pronunciation: yard cell

Sentence: My neighbors were constantly gardening and telling me that I needed to do the same. I am sick of their constant yardsell.

Etymology: YARD, SELL being a play on yard sale. Also a play on hard sell. YARD - the area of land immediately surrounding a house, often covered with grass or landscaping. SELL - persuade somebody of something: to make an idea or proposal acceptable to somebody. Cell - a confining and very limiting place.

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metrohumanx A perfect lawn IS the sign of a sick mind. Leave the Aspen leaves where they lie. - metrohumanx, 2009-03-17: 03:12:00

Good combination of ideas. - kateinkorea, 2009-03-17: 19:51:00

Good word...as metro says, leave the Aspen leaves where they lie and you will be more Poplar! Some people just Birch and Beech all day to get attention. If they want to Spruce up your yard, they should come and do it! - Nosila, 2009-03-17: 23:23:00

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Maintenazi

mrskellyscl

Created by: mrskellyscl

Pronunciation: main-ten-a-tzi

Sentence: Tish liked her new neighborhood, however after a few days she began to notice a low pitched, constant hum. It sounded like lawn equipment. The droning never stopped. It was there on Sunday morning and Friday night at 2 am.-- all the time, really. Could it be that she had accidentally moved into a neighborhood run by Maintenatzis? Come to think of it, the woman across the street constantly raked and swept the street. Strange, what would she have to rake in January? Tish looked out the window -- she was out there sweeping. The woman's face was expressionless and her eyes seemed to focus on nothing as she swung her broom back and forth. Here husband was trimming his bushes. Each branch was perfectly trimnmed and all exactly the same size. Tish knew that Maintenazis were not people to be ignored, but who and what are these people she wondered. Just then she noticed the sound -- the lawn equipment -- was it getting closer?

Etymology: To enforce through intimidation lawncare maintenance by strict codes and ideology. Maintenazis are known to leave their homes only to go to Home Depot for more mulch.

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Welcome. Clever sentence and word. Well-crafted! - silveryaspen, 2009-03-17: 14:13:00

Good word and funny sentence. - kateinkorea, 2009-03-17: 20:03:00

metrohumanx Excellent and creepy story! - metrohumanx, 2009-03-18: 04:47:00

Excellent word...welcome! - mweinmann, 2009-03-18: 13:06:00

Great word...ve haf vays off making you look after your yard...it is called Lawn Order! - Nosila, 2009-03-18: 18:59:00

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Goadneighbours

Created by: kateinkorea

Pronunciation: GOAD NAY bores

Sentence: My good neighbours had become goadneighbours, and now I was wishing for good fences. It all began when Mike got a promotion. He and his wife bought an SUV that they were always washing, waxing, and admiring while they took pictures of each other standing by it. They landscaped their yard, put in a pool, and built a sundeck. But everything was for show and pictures, and now the rest of us neighbours were tired of them harassing us. Suddenly our yards weren’t good enough, our houses needed painting and we were bringing down the neighbourhood. Any more goadneigbourly advice on how to take care of my weeds on my lawn or the cracks in my driveway, and I might just build that fence.

Etymology: GOAD: to keep irritating or annoying someone until they react GOOD NEIGHBOURS

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Puntastic verbotomy! So on the definition, too. Excellent! - silveryaspen, 2009-03-17: 14:37:00

You goad, Girl! - Nosila, 2009-03-17: 23:28:00

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Moanses

Created by: Banky

Pronunciation: /mohn-siz/

Sentence: Charlotte pulled out of the garage to find the Christmas lights torn down to the point that they were dragging through her hair. She clawed at the string of bulbs as she nearly ran the convertible into the mailbox. Looks like the Moanses were trying to give her another hint.

Etymology: Play on words of "Joneses", as in "keeping up with the" and moan, to low with dismay or pain

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Super funny! Truly a great word for complaining neighbors. Excellent! - silveryaspen, 2009-03-17: 14:08:00

Funny! - kateinkorea, 2009-03-17: 19:38:00

Sounds like our neighbour, Mona Lott! - Nosila, 2009-03-17: 23:32:00

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Abuttinski

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: ay but in skee

Sentence: In our sleepy suburban town, we had an abuttinski. She was Old Lady Burns, the bitter divorcee who lived next door to us and found fault with everything people did for enjoyment. She was the Neighbourhood Witch, the one who you could never please. If we didn't mow the lawn when she felt it needed it, she called the Noxious Weed Dept. If we did start up the mower to tackle the lawn, she called the Noise Abatement Dept. If our dog was out in our fenced off back yard, she called the Humane Society. We came this close to having to toilet train Sparky on the potty inside. If we even started up the barbecue, we would have to ensure we had enough food for the whole fire crew, as she would call them the minute we opened the lid. If we cooked something spicy, like curry, the HazMat Team was forced on the scene. The police practically lived on our street because she called them for everything from suspicious persons going door to door (like the paper boy and mailman) to recording license plates of vehicles not know to dwell on our street (like all these enforcement officers' vehicles from all the various city departments)and for attempted break-ins on her property (the gas meter reader,census-takers, the Avon lady). Reasoning, bribes,acts of kindness and inclusion,threats and logical persuasion all failed to change her behaviors. She was always in the right and she had her lawyer on speed-dial to launch suit over anyone who stood up to her underhanded, second-party bullying. She would hide in her house and have every civil servant at her beck and call to do her dirty work. Being self-righteous and thinking herself an upstanding and virtuous Christian, she did speak to every religion peddlar who came to her door. Many thought it poetic justice that the horrid smell coming from her home one day was due to the fact that one of these zealots had taken exception to her smug beliefs and bashed in her cranium several weeks before and helped himself to her valuables. The police, while appearing professional, were secretly glad she no longer controlled their work duties, so they could finally concentrate on real crimes; the Fire Dept. was relieved to have an opportunity to actually fight real fires elsewhere. The moral: if you are not nice to people, there will be no one around to close your lids when your time comes!

Etymology: Abut (lie adjacent to another or share a boundary) & Buttinski(a meddler who tends to butt in)

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COMMENTS:

Good one Nosila! :)You are a great writer! - abrakadeborah, 2009-03-17: 01:37:00

metrohumanx I was just kidding about the brevity of "hydroflobia"....This is an excellent parable and one helluva mico-novel! I hope you're in charge of refreshments at the upcoming First Annual International Verbotomixer and Wordswap Extravaganza! - metrohumanx, 2009-03-17: 03:16:00

Amdire the way you captured that butt mentality! Great etymology. Terrific word! - silveryaspen, 2009-03-17: 13:54:00

Cheers, all...sadly my sister and her family had to move far away from us to escape such a neighbour...coming home was the most stressful and scary part of their day, because she spent long hours plotting fresh Hell for them. This creature outlived every elected official we had and there is finally a cease and desist response in her flagged file to warn emergency services not to respond to her calls, as she became a permanent nuisance. Of course, charging her $250 for every wasted call went a long way to curbing her behavior! It is sad that someone has nothing better to do but terrorize others...personally I think she'd give the Guantanamo guys a run for their money! - Nosila, 2009-03-17: 23:40:00

My heart goes out to you and your sister and your families. I am so thankful that I have exceptionally good neighbors! - silveryaspen, 2009-03-18: 12:56:00

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Houndskeepers

Created by: mweinmann

Pronunciation: hownds + keep + urs

Sentence: Morrie's neighbors were real houndskeepers. They spent their entire life grooming their yard and house so that it was a "showplace". Because Morrie did not choose to spend all of his free time in the same pursuits, his neighbors continuously derided him and made snide comments about the condition of his lawn.

Etymology: hound and groundskeepers >> Hound (To urge insistently; nag) groundskeepers (Groundskeeping is the activity of tending an area of land for aesthetic or functional purposes)

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So apt to the definition. Super etymology and verbotomy! - silveryaspen, 2009-03-17: 13:59:00

I agree with silveryaspen! - kateinkorea, 2009-03-17: 20:08:00

metrohumanx I agree with KateinKorea! - metrohumanx, 2009-03-18: 04:51:00

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Neighsaybor

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: nāsābər

Sentence: Ray lives next to a neighsaybor. The rules in his community say that you need to get permission from the improvement committee before taking on any exterior home improvement project. With Ray’s ”buddy” on the committee, nothing ever gets done. The group once tried to change the one-member veto rule but they were vetoed.

Etymology: naysayer (somebody who says no, denies) + neighbor (a person living near or next door to the speaker or person referred to)

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oops! sorry. should have read before I submitted :( - galwaywegian, 2010-09-28: 09:38:00

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Whoreticulturists

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: hor tik kul tur ists

Sentence: When Suzy Floozie moved next door to Mona & Dick, she was always embarrassed that her yard did not look like theirs did...a cover of House & Gardens. Of course, they spent every waking moment outside weeding, watering, mowing and fertilising. They in turn found her lack of yardwork offensive. They noticed she was out all night, slept all day, not often alone and dressed scantily. They harassed and derided her at every turn and eventually attacked her. It appears that Mona & Dick were whoreticulturists and while being cuffed by the police, they shouted out "She should have been spade long ago!" and "The only Ho at work in her yard was her!" and "So much for Lawn Order!"

Etymology: Whore (hooker,streetwalker,prostitute,someone who exchanges sex for money) & Horticulturists (individuals who practice the cultivation of plants)

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Ho ,ho ho - galwaywegian, 2010-09-28: 03:19:00

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Naybores

Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: nay bohrs

Sentence: It was difficult to discern whether the high pitched drone coming from the other side of the fence was a garden strimmer or one of the naybores complaining about the ingress of weeds from her wildflower garden.

Etymology: neighbour nay, bore

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I like it....goes good with naboobs. Naboob naybores.... - Mustang, 2009-03-17: 21:14:00

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Preenieacks

Created by: abrakadeborah

Pronunciation: Preen-e-acks

Sentence: The Jones neighbors that lived next to Sliezanna were total "preenieacks" as they tirelessly worked hard to manicure their lawns and detailed their cars every single weekend. Sliezanna she was a "preenieack" about her appearance and she was living life to it's fullest. Yet,the Jones's next door gave her a tongue lashing about keeping her yard as nice as theirs in order to keep up the curb appeal and tax value in the neighborhood. The next thing they knew,poor little Sliezanna fainted over them telling her just how perfect she needed to be. Sliezanna recovered from her fainting and hired a lawn service and mobile car wash company to keep up appearances so the nagging neighbors would mind their own business. All is well in the neighborhood...except for that nagging old Mrs. Jones next door that cuts her eyes every time she sees Sliezanna dressed to the 9's and giggling as she waves goodbye to Mrs. Jones.

Etymology: Preen;grooming. ieacks;(slang); more than one person having a mania about their own preening,cleaning and grooming habits whether personal or objects that need grooming.

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metrohumanx Sliezanna! Good one! Like it! Like IT! - metrohumanx, 2009-03-17: 02:57:00

good one - galwaywegian, 2009-03-17: 05:54:00

In both your sentence and your word ... great humor! - silveryaspen, 2009-03-17: 14:35:00

Preenieactual description of amny neighbors people on this site have met! ANd I love the name Sliezanna, too! - Nosila, 2009-03-17: 23:18:00

Thank you everyone :) I love this site and the challenges to use my creative thinking! Hugs to you all!!! - abrakadeborah, 2009-03-18: 03:14:00

Creative and to the point! Thanks! - jasjamson, 2009-05-08: 02:19:00

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Naboobs

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: NAY-bubes

Sentence: Loretta thought of her neighbors as naboobs, people of some wealth and circumstance who who had nothing better to do than improve their properties and their lives while she sunbathed, partied and did her best to just look pretty.

Etymology: Use of 'boob' (dufus, crude person) Play on the word 'nabob' (A person of wealth and prominence)

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Jerkaholics

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: jurk-uh-haw-lik

Sentence: Nicky lives next to jerkaholics. They are constantly mowing and trimming out in their yards. Clearly it is a conspiracy to make her look lazy. To make matters worse they dump their clippings in her overgrown lawn.

Etymology: jerk (a contemptibly naive) + workaholic (a person who works compulsively at the expense of other pursuits)

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Lifespurn

petaj

Created by: petaj

Pronunciation: lie-f-sp-ern

Sentence: After many years of censuring her neighbours, the old woman finally reached the end of her lifespurn when she collapsed midcriticism on the decorative border that had whipped her into a judgmental frenzy.

Etymology: life + spurn + lifespan

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COMMENTS:

Admire how well you put your sentence, your thoughts, and your word together. Very well done! - silveryaspen, 2009-03-17: 14:19:00

Good word and sentence. - kateinkorea, 2009-03-17: 19:41:00

Nothing like having a garden to die for... - Nosila, 2009-03-17: 23:31:00

metrohumanx Concise and excellent! - metrohumanx, 2009-03-18: 04:50:00

petaj thanks for the nice comments - petaj, 2009-03-18: 07:36:00

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Comments:

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2009-03-17: 00:01:01
Today's definition was suggested by kateinkorea. Thank you kateinkorea. ~ James

abrakadeborah - 2009-03-19: 04:08:00
Oh my gosh!!!!! I actually won today! Does that mean I'm "in?" I'm scrolling up and down! lol :) thank you everybody I'm honored~ bowing head now in gratitude to the wonderful creators and to kateinkorea for suggesting this definition :) Thank you all! You've made my day! MMMMMMMMMMWAH!

abrakadeborah - 2009-03-19: 06:14:00
Ok I see the current winner changes...I thought it was a daily thing? Oh well...I wonder if that means it always changes and it's not a daily winner. DANG! right when I think I have this site figured out ...I don't :/

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2010-09-28: 00:22:00
Today's definition was suggested by kateinkorea. Thank you kateinkorea. ~ James