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DEFINITION: n., The shock and embarrassment felt after innocently implying that you are much younger, only to discover that everyone actually knows how old you really are. v., To be embarrassed when caught lying about your age.

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Created by: petaj

Pronunciation: sprung-chick-n

Sentence: Eva Longevia was a sprungchicken. She insisted that she was only in her 30s, even in front of her parents who were both sprightly octogenarians. They quickly put the assembled guests to rights, disclosing that Eva was actually in her fifties.

Etymology: sprung (slang for caught, found out) + spring chicken (colloquialism for young person)


petaj I seem to have a fowl theme going this week - petaj, 2008-11-28: 04:01:00

You might have a fowl theme going, but they are so good, you might say they are the cock of the walk! I will long use and chuckle over sprungchicken and roasttrickey, and laugh a long time with you over them. - silveryaspen, 2008-11-28: 14:02:00


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Created by: purpleman

Pronunciation: fab/all/age

Sentence: to lie about your age

Etymology: fable+age


good etymology - porsche, 2008-02-05: 13:20:00

can some1 put a comment - purpleman, 2008-02-05: 19:10:00


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Created by: ooosofia


Sentence: I didn't realize my whoopsage until a fellow partygoer asked if I needed help turning up my hearing aid.

Etymology: whoops! + age

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Created by: logarithm

Pronunciation: ehm-bae-rej

Sentence: Imagine the embarragement Julie had at her surprise birthday party organised by her colleagues, when the number of candles on the cake correctly indicating her true age of 45, but all the while she has been telling them she was only thirty-something.

Etymology: 1) Embarrass: cause to be embarrassed; cause to feel self-conscious. 2) Age: grow old or older.

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Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: fos sil ayes

Sentence: Although she dressed and tried to act young, Methusalina's fossilies fooled no one. Many at the party thought the scar on her arm was from a bite inflicted on her by her pet dinosaur when she was a girl...

Etymology: Fossilize (convert to a fossil;be really old) & Lies (statements that deviate from or pervert the truth)

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Created by: bananabender

Pronunciation: FIB-ruh-LAYJ-shunz

Sentence: She counted the candles, realised that they had somehow discovered her real age, and immediately felt strange and more than a little unwell. She saw looks of horror descend over her friends' faces and noticed others trying to hide their laughter as the involuntary muscle twitching affected her. She was aging twenty years before their very eyes! Such is the eerie phenomenon of fibrillagetion.

Etymology: Blend of fib, age, rage, and fibrillations (Fine, rapid twitching of individual muscle fibers with little or no movement of the muscle as a whole.)


Another great blend of so many appropriate concepts and words. - silveryaspen, 2008-02-05: 07:04:00

great sentence to accompany the cartoon - Jabberwocky, 2008-02-05: 09:29:00

Great sentence and word! - OZZIEBOB, 2008-02-05: 15:45:00


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Created by: karenanne

Pronunciation: ak NAHL age ment

Sentence: When Miss Leed walked into her surprise 50th-birthday party, she suddenly understood that everyone had known for a long time what her real age was. Her becoming speechless was an indicator of aack-knowlAGEment of her realization, since she had never been known to lack something to say. One of her coworkers slapped her on the back and said, "Come on, do the math. You just got your 20-year pin last year. You couldn't have started working as a doctor when you were 19!"

Etymology: AACK (expression of embarrassment or shock) + knowledge + age (A play on the word "acknowledgment")

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Created by: loxhobabl

Pronunciation: gile-stone

Sentence: Karen perpetrated a >guilestone at her birthday get-together.

Etymology: guile, milestone

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Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: men day jus

Sentence: When they put the 50 candles on her birthday cake, Julie carried on her mendageious behaviour by acting all surprised and horrified that her usual 39 candles weren't on the cake!

Etymology: Mendacious (intentionally untrue;caught in a lie)& Age (how long something/someone has existed)

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Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: dee vee aje on

Sentence: Priscilla was guilty of deviageon, because she thought her co-workers had forgotten all the other years she had celebrated her 29th birthday...all of her 20 years working with them!

Etymology: deviate (be at variance with) & age (your REAL age)


Devilish word. I like it! - silveryaspen, 2008-02-05: 18:26:00

Nice combo. It does seem to imply a devilish intent to lie about one's age. - Tigger, 2008-02-05: 21:31:00

Wow. Definitely gets a vote from me. - Maxine, 2008-02-05: 21:39:00


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Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2008-02-05: 00:55:00
Today's definition was suggested by remistram. Thank you remistram. ~ James

silveryaspen - 2008-02-05: 06:56:00
Had so much fun with your definition remistram! All kinds of related verboticisms popped into my mind, some of which I couldn't resist putting in my sentence as I sat here laughing out loud. Everyone's great creations made me laugh more. Fun definition!

ErWenn - 2008-02-05: 10:09:00
I've made it a point to let my friends know that on my birthday cake, I expect one candle for every year of my age. (Next is the big three-oh.) You can't stop getting older, so you might as well enjoy the fire hazard that your birthday cake is slowly becoming.

remistram - 2008-02-05: 12:05:00
Can relate - turned the big 4-0 in January....ack!

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2008-02-06: 07:14:00
Yes the fires are getting bigger ~ James

silveryaspen - 2008-11-28: 14:10:00
Lots of fun and funny sentences today!

Nosila - 2008-11-28: 21:50:00
When I red your story I knew it was one in vermilion!

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2010-04-23: 00:07:00
Today's definition was suggested by remistram. Thank you remistram. ~ James