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DEFINITION: v. To make something worse while attempting to make it better. n. A bad improvement.

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Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: reek on struk shun

Sentence: "how do you feel after your latest reekonstruction, mr Jackson?" the waiting media asked. "I'm bad" he said, "I'm bad"

Etymology: reek as in stinking, reconstruction


nice reference to MJ - Jabberwocky, 2008-05-15: 11:45:00


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Created by: petaj

Pronunciation: bad-er-ment

Sentence: The government's social engineering activities were well intentioned but ended up for the badderment of all. It was really more like woeful engineering.

Etymology: bad + betterment


Good one! - Mustang, 2008-05-15: 21:47:00

Oh, this word works nicely! Good job. - Tigger, 2008-05-15: 23:33:00


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Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: con a ver shun

Sentence: After watching way too many Improve Your Garden style shows on tv,the Reynolds family had decided to create a tropical getaway in their backyard. "Puerto Backyardo" they would call it, when friends asked where they'd be spending their vacation. They dreamed of Mai-Tai's served on the pool deck, luaus and barbecues with friends and a restful oasis after their hectic workdays. But Fate has a funny way of throwing cold water on your reveries. Instead of a dream home, their home had become a living nightmare of a money pit. Yes, the Reynolds' home renovation had truly become a conaversion. Due to poor planning, poor workmanship, misestimates,a fisticuffs with some of the sub-contractors, which involved police action and failure to get proper planning permission, they were left with a mess. No workable plumbing; a sinkhole, instead of a swimming pool;a huge fine for failing to dial-before-you-dig and the subsequent costs to repair the ruptured gas mains;a cease and desist work order from the county;a tools-down job action from the workers and various lawsuits from neighbours whose homes were also affected by this unnatural disaster. Not to mention, a few thousand dollars worth of tropical vegetation drying out in a shed, because there was nowhere to plant them. Serves them right for not doing their homework and checking out the credentials of their contractors, "The 3 Stooges Landscape Co." Nyuk, Nyuk, Nyuk...

Etymology: conversion ( the act of changing from one use or function or purpose to another;an event that results in a transformation)& aversion(a feeling of intense dislike;disinclined;opposed)

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Created by: TJayzz

Pronunciation: Grimm-proov-mant

Sentence: Since taking the home improvement course at her local college, Jenny couldn't wait to try out her new found skills in her own home, but when her husband saw the new lime green paint job in the lounge he thought it was more like a grimprovement.

Etymology: Grim(depressing, unappealing) + Improvement(The action of improving or improved, to make something better than it was) =Grimprovement


good word..grimpressive - Nosila, 2008-05-15: 01:54:00


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Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: wim proov ment

Sentence: When Cathy met Todd in High School, he was a brawny fellow, but lacking in refinement. Ten years later, they were wed, had 2 kids and Todd was now a big pudding of a man who was so whipped and broken by the demanding Cathy. She considered Todd her greatest wimprovement.

Etymology: Wimp (a person who lacks confidence, is irresolute and wishy-washy) & Improvement (betterment;change;progress)

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Created by: rebelvin

Pronunciation: ODD+modIFY

Sentence: Instead of helping her appearance overall, her nose job only oddified her face, leaving you with a faint impression of disgust.

Etymology: ODD+modIFY


Good one,Rebelvin. - Nosila, 2008-05-15: 01:52:00


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Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: ree - MUDL

Sentence: Wilford had set out to completely redesign and redo the interior of his home but lacking proper skills and experience his effort turned out to be a hideous remuddle rather than the upgrade he had envisioned.

Etymology: Blend of remodel and mix up in a confused or bungling manner


excellent - Jabberwocky, 2008-05-15: 11:41:00


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Created by: bookowl

Pronunciation: Ad/wurs/itee

Sentence: They suffered further adworsity when the contractor hung the windows upsidedown.

Etymology: add + worse + adversity

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Created by: OZZIEBOB

Pronunciation: mal-HANS-ment

Sentence: The best laid plans of mice and men often end in malhancement.

Etymology: Combination of MAL:bad, badly, wrong,wrongly & HANCEMENT:to make greater,as in value, beauty, effectiveness; provide with improved features.

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Created by: ZenoX

Pronunciation: shed it

Sentence: She went to a plastic surgeon the other day and shedited her nose. She was telling me all about that present she'll never afford now. Wait till she hears about her embarrassing shedit. She'll probably never admit her mistake.

Etymology: A shit edit, a change that should be hid in a dark place (shed).

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Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2008-05-15: 00:01:00
Today's definition is inspired by author and philosopher, Mark Kingwell who I saw last night speaking about "Social Change". He reminded us that not all change is good change. And noted that in German they have word to describe such bad improvements -- Schlimmbesserung -- which we don't have in English. And so it's today's challenge. Thanks Mark! ~ James