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DEFINITION: n., The anger and frustration that grows out of an unsatisfying, unfulfilling or unpredictable relationship one has with an electronic device, especially a computer. v. intr., To be trapped in a passive-aggressive, codependency with a computer.

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Created by: CanadianAndyCapp

Pronunciation: TECH-NO-STRANG-U-LA-TA

Sentence: Because his computer repeatedly and stubbornly refused to dish up the information that he had just spent the last six hours inputting, Joe suffered a severe attack of technostrangulata. However, with the aid of a six pound hammer and the threat "I know it's in there, Give it too me!" he soon persuaded the demonic machine to relent.

Etymology: Techno- to be derived from an alien torture device. Strangulata- To be inclined through blind frustration to commit mayhem upon technology. See also NeoLuddite or Ludditeism


been there - bookowl, 2008-01-30: 20:12:00

Top emotive sentence and etymology. Funny! - bananabender, 2008-01-30: 23:38:00


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Created by: Stevenson0

Pronunciation: in/com/put/uh/bull

Sentence: After many months of anger and frustration and unsatisfying results from her laptop, the technical advisor at the computer store advised Jane that her and her laptop were completely incomputible and she should move onto a new machine.

Etymology: computer + incompatible


I like it! Will she go to a computer dating agency to shop around? - bananabender, 2008-01-30: 07:50:00

perfect word! - Jabberwocky, 2008-01-30: 12:16:00

From the chains of computrimony goeth Jane! great word. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-01-30: 16:21:00

hi mr.stevenson its chris the 1 who asks a lot off qu. at lunch im purpleman kk - purpleman, 2008-01-30: 20:44:00


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Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: ee lek tron ik ee dik shun

Sentence: Edith had an electroniceddiction. She had an e-ventful relationship with her computer and she had e-nabled herself to get hopelessly e-ntangled in the World Wide Web. She had finally e-volved her thinking and e-nrolled in a support group. She was not sure how e-ffective this group might be for her, as some of the members had a worse e-ddiction than she did, but e-dmitting the problem was half the battle, right? The only problem with her e-therapy was that her group met on-line instead of in person!

Etymology: Electronic (of or relating to electronics; concerned with or using devices that operate on principles governing the behavior of electrons) & e- (short form of electronic, especially refers to something on computers) & Addiction (being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming)


E-xcellent! - silveryaspen, 2008-11-21: 12:40:00


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Created by: metrohumanx

Pronunciation: BUY-oh-sphere

Sentence: SexySadie was neat, sweet and long as her wireless connection remained cooperative. Her first desktop bit the dust when she attempted an on-line purchase and melted her Visa card by inserting it into the A: drive. Seriously chastised, she would coddle her new computer with loving care. Capable of computing until the cows came home, she was trapped in a feedback loop of Verbotomizing, e-mailing and Facebooking, choosing to ignore the creeping back pain her doctor had warned her about. A compressed non-system disk in her spine was bad enough, but her BIOSFEAR was far worse, and could be potentially fatal. If she shut down her Lappy 286, it might never re-boot correctly, and she would become the pathetic owner of a hi-tech doorstop. SexySadie loathed her own inability to stop surfing almost as much as she loved and despised the electronic ogre which kept her a virtual prisoner of her own semi E-rotic addiction. The Electronic Fun Transfers stopped abruptly when the battery created it's own "wireless hot spot" one frosty night and incinerated the tacky velour ottoman she had gotten for a pittance on E-Bay...........................SexySadie oooooh What have you done?

Etymology: BIOS+FEAR=BIOSFEAR.....BIOS:Basic Input/Output System....FEAR:frighten,to have a reverential awe of,expect with alarm,to be afraid of or apprehensive; Middle English feren, from Old English fǣran, from fǣr......(With a subcutaneous reference to BIOSPHERE, an ancient eco-experiment in which volunteers lived in isolation for an extended period of time, not even caring to push the levers which we have provided for them.)


petaj perfect - petaj, 2008-11-21: 07:55:00

metrohumanx Isn't it time for an UPGRADE? Ah yes! The "good old daze"..... - metrohumanx, 2008-11-21: 08:11:00

metrohumanx WOW! Friday has been a cornucopia of chuckles. I hope to see you all at the 2010 Verbotomy Festival and Word Swap Extravaganza. (location TBA) - metrohumanx, 2008-11-21: 08:44:00

fabulous sentence metro - Jabberwocky, 2008-11-21: 10:16:00

E-ceptional! - silveryaspen, 2008-11-21: 12:39:00

Biosfearful word! - Nosila, 2008-11-21: 23:14:00

fantastic - OZZIEBOB, 2008-11-23: 15:44:00


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Created by: silveryaspen

Pronunciation: net serf

Sentence: Nettie became so addicted to surfing the net, she became a netserf.

Etymology: Net - short for internet, aka the web that takes us all in. Serf - enslaved laborer.


Good one. - Mustang, 2008-11-21: 04:41:00

nice - Jabberwocky, 2008-11-21: 10:17:00

Good word - OZZIEBOB, 2008-11-23: 15:47:00


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Created by: emdeejay

Pronunciation: tech amblivalent

Sentence: June was reminded of her techambivalence when her laptop spontaneously shut down during a 'heated' chat with her 'colleague'

Etymology: from 'technology' and 'ambivalence'

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Created by: mweinmann

Pronunciation: sigh - ko - lec - tron - ik

Sentence: Every day Veronica went totally psycholectronic while dealing with her computer. She was constantly frustrated and angry when it locked up or she could not figure out how to do something but in the end, she kept turning it on every day because it had really become her best friend.

Etymology: Psychotic (a person afflicted with psychosis: amental disorder in which contact with reality is lost or highly distorted) + Electronic (Usually refers to something that is available via the computer).

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Created by: bananabender

Pronunciation: MAK-ruh-moh-nee

Sentence: My computer and I have a mutually macrimonious relationship. I yell, rant and rave at it because it drops off the web frequently, and it, in turn, deliberately goes slow, throws up error reports attacking my sweet disposition, good looks and computing prowess, and even interrupts my verbotomizing by initiating unnecessary MacAfee updates. One day it's gonna be all too much and I will end our relationship by launching a deadly macattack. Maybe I'll macerate it in Macassar oil, aim a sharp blow to its macula and send it off to the IT graveyard way out yonder in the macrocosm. That should do the trick.

Etymology: MAC: computer. ACRIMONY: sharpness, harshness, or bitterness of nature, speech, disposition.


Payment for divorcing your computer? Roared with laughter! - silveryaspen, 2008-01-30: 06:41:00

I reckon I deserve a million or two after all the names it's called me! :) - bananabender, 2008-01-30: 06:53:00

Gone to the graveyard eh! Sounds a bit like " For whom the Dell tolls!" Good word. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-01-30: 16:25:00

Oh how right you are OZ. My computer is actually a Dell! - bananabender, 2008-01-30: 18:16:00


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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: kōddəpendənsē

Sentence: ”I love you. I hate you. I’d like to trash you. I can’t survive without you.” This codedependence is enough to drive Tim crazy. He says he’d like to get away from his e-vices but sleeps with his smart phone clutched tightly in his fist.

Etymology: code (program instructions) + codependence (excessive emotional or psychological reliance)

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Created by: urbanwookie



Etymology: silicon + contempt

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Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2008-01-30: 01:10:00
Today's definition was suggested by Silveryaspen. Thank you Silveryaspen. ~ James

bananabender - 2008-01-30: 08:22:00
Great definition Silveryaspen. You definately pressed our buttons with this one! So many clever and funny verboticisms and sentences. Still chuckling!

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2011-09-01: 00:13:00
Today's definition was suggested by Silveryaspen. Thank you Silveryaspen. ~ James