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'Don't worry. I'm not asleep. I'm meditating.'

DEFINITION: n. A state of heightened, subconscious awareness that allows drivers to "safely" navigate and control a vehicle without watching the road. v. To drive without bothering to watch where you are going.

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: strādär

Sentence: Jim gets up WAY too early in the morning to get to work. While driving down the highway there are stretches where the road is boringly familiar and music on the radio is sort of relaxing (less head banging than usual). He may start to nod off. That little voice in his head says **The road is straight. There is almost no traffic. Go ahead, close your eyes for just a second**. This is when he relies on stradar, that internal sense that the movement has shifted from linear to lateral. If it is severe, it will startle him enough to put a shot of adrenalin into his bloodstream and complete the trip with his head upright. If not, he will open all the windows, crank up the radio and sing along to to some song he may not even like all that much at the top of his lungs. Jim*s friends worry.

Etymology: stray (move without a specific purpose or by mistake) + radar (a system for detecting the presence, direction, distance, and speed of aircraft, ships, and other objects, by sending out pulses of high-frequency electromagnetic waves that are reflected off the object back to the source)

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Created by: allwise

Pronunciation: snoos-kju-ing

Sentence: Every day, as Jane snoozequeued her way to work, she would listen to language-tapes and subconsciously learn a new language every month or two.

Etymology: snooze - button-mashing in the morning queue - a line of people/cars which moves towards a common goal

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Created by: barqdog

Pronunciation: auto - tele - shalom - nia

Sentence: While driving, Mary fell into a state of autoteleshalomnia in which she had no recodnition of the ride, but arrived to her destination safely.

Etymology: auto- self. tele- at a distance. shalom- peace.


barqdog great us of words. i want you. - barqdog, 2011-02-17: 11:48:00

barqdog use* tehe - barqdog, 2011-02-17: 11:48:00


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Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: nod o pyle it

Sentence: It's no wonder Dora's long daily commute lended itself to her being able to drift into nodopilot mode. She left her home in Sleepy Hollow, drove past the Yawnkers turnoff, under the Boredwalk, past Lake Weary, close to Fort Fatigue, under the Spentsylvania overpass, through the town of Tuckerdout, past Conkorde-Jetlag Airport, over the Siesta Bridge and into the city of St. Pall where she worked as an accountant in the Restminster Abbey Nursing Home. Then eight long hours later, she would turn around and reverse her journey, while listening to Perry Como cd's in her car.

Etymology: Nod (to let the head fall forward through drowsiness;be almost asleep) & Autopilot (a cognitive state in which you act without self-awareness;a navigational device that automatically keeps ships or planes or spacecraft on a steady course)

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Created by: DGRosetti




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Created by: purpleartichokes

Pronunciation: gon-dee-tour

Sentence: When I got on the interstate, I must have taken a ghandetour, because when I arrived at work, I couldn't remember anything about the trip. It was likely I was wanderpondering some minutia, like today's Verbotomy definition.

Etymology: Ghandi, detour

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Created by: Discoveria

Pronunciation: Kar-varh-na

Sentence: After 15 years of solid driving experience, Betty had finally reached carvana - the awareness that her car and the traffic are ONE... and everything else is maya, illusion...

Etymology: Car + nirvana. Nirvana: the highest spiritual plane according to Buddhism. (Maya, btw, is the Hare Krishna (Hindu sect) word for illusion.)


Everything else is illusion? Sounds like carvananity... - wordmeister, 2007-03-13: 15:35:00

I thought so too...though that's not why I eventually rejected further exploration... - Discoveria, 2007-03-13: 18:03:00

erasmus I'm impressed with your Hindu and Buddist knowledge. like the word too. - erasmus, 2007-03-14: 05:23:00

I like this one! - jedijawa, 2007-03-14: 10:01:00

erasmus - thanks. No-one would suspect that I had to google nirvana for a definition...;D - Discoveria, 2007-03-14: 11:48:00


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Created by: mplsbohemian

Pronunciation: suhb-drihv-ehn-AY-shuhn

Sentence: Alex somehow managed the 18 miles from Bootlick to Possum Holler on a mixture of cold medicine and subdrivenation.

Etymology: Portmanteau of "driven", "divination", and "sublimation"

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Created by: brittmojo

Pronunciation: Non osis pilot

Sentence: The driver tended to be a nonosispilot.

Etymology: Non - not Osis- action Pilot- one who steers

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Created by: deweyanddoug


Sentence: I drove for thirteen hours straight, but my keen skill of Autoobsernavigation kicked in during the tenth hour on the road.


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Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-03-13: 01:00:29
Today's definition was suggested by purpleartichokes.
Thank you purpleartichokes! ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2009-09-30: 00:22:00
Today's definition was suggested by purpleartichokes. Thank you purpleartichokes. ~ James