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DEFINITION: n., 1. The process by which pairs of socks are washed, dried, and then separated perhaps never to be reunited again. 2. The place where lost socks disappear to. v. To lose your mate in the wash.

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Created by: bananabender

Pronunciation: Rhymes with rock-a-bye-baby

Sentence: Each time one of his rare cartoon character socks went awol from his bulging sock drawer, (as socks are wont to do), my aging wannabe rock singer dad would lament its disappearance by singing his Sockabyebaby ballad for days on end.

Etymology: sock + rock-a-bye (lullaby) + baby (sweetheart as in a pop song)


very funny - Jabberwocky, 2008-01-09: 10:33:00

Luv the sentence! - OZZIEBOB, 2008-01-10: 16:48:00

chuckling even more ... watch out for child and family protective services who might go after those sockabyebabies! - silveryaspen, 2008-01-11: 14:01:00


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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: parədīs

Sentence: Socks lead a rough life, forced to live much of their lives in dark smelly caves called shoes, being walked on constantly and generally not appreciated. Even their mending is a mild curse. (Darn!) Because of this Marney isn*t too concerned when one escapes to pairadise. She is convinced that the swirling of the dryer creates a tiny black hole at the center of the drum. It is so tiny that only one sock can squeeze through at a time thus leaving its mate behind. Marley has a ritual where she takes the widowed hose and places it in the dryer. She sets it to fluff and an unlimited time setting. Though she might need to dump the lint trap several times, the mismatched footwear eventually makes it across time/space barrier to rejoin its mate. Strangely enough, once she has reunited the couple, the first-departed may return for a visit via the black hole that resides under her bed.

Etymology: pair (a set of two things used together or regarded as a unit) + paradise (heaven as the ultimate abode of the just)

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Created by: grohldberg12




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Created by: Nuwanda

Pronunciation: black-holz

Sentence: Marnie knew if she could just find the secret portal into the blackholse, she would wander into a sock-filled utopia where errant socks and other miscellaneous garments were lined up in an orderly fashion just waiting to be reunited with their mates or owners. So obsessed was she that her husband came home to find the washer and dryer disassembled and the beginnings of a hole dug into the laundry room floor. From that moment on, Marnie and her husband never spoke of the blackholse again, and Marnie started wearing those little disposable foot covers they have in shoe stores for trying on shoes without socks.

Etymology: Mash-up of black hole and hose


metrohumanx Very thorough- a strong scientific foundation, with overtones of Hitchcock and Poe, yet with a happy ending. Remarkable. - metrohumanx, 2008-11-06: 12:00:00


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Created by: mweinmann

Pronunciation: no + pares

Sentence: Estelle brought a book with her today, hoping that this time, she could stay awake at the laundramat. But, alas, she once again nodded off and had the same dream.....that she had visited the land of nauxpairs, where everyone wore one sock. This must be the place where all my missing socks have gone, she would exclaim!! Just as she started to recognize some of her own missing laundry, she would awaken just to wait by the washing machine again...wondering if this time, they would all still be there.

Etymology: No + Aux (short for auxiliary or second) + Pairs (sets of two, two that go together or match)


metrohumanx Cute, economical, and VERY amusing. Carry on! - metrohumanx, 2008-11-06: 11:54:00

Someone Nauxtorious was obviously to blame...and Estelle must have Nauxrcolepsy! - Nosila, 2008-11-06: 22:03:00


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Created by: Tigger

Pronunciation: /dis-sok-soh-see-ay-shun/

Sentence: It's a little known fact that, like radioactive elements, each new pair of socks has a distinct half-life, equal to the number of times they may be laundered before spontaneously decaying into a single sock, by a process known as disocksociation.

Etymology: disassociation - the state of being unconnected (Latin, dis- prefix meaning "apart or asunder" & associātus "joined to") + sock (from Latin, soccus "slipper")


clever! - bananabender, 2008-01-10: 00:18:00


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Created by: wayoffcenter

Pronunciation: ärgīlimbō

Sentence: When Nancy couldn't find one of her favorite purple socks she knew it had done the argylimbo, dancing its way under the washer or dryer. She refused to subscribe to her boyfriend's theory that single socks are capable of transcending into a different dimension and held in argylimbo only to return if you throw its mate away.

Etymology: argyle (a pattern composed of diamonds of various colors on a plain background, used in knitted garments such as sweaters and socks) limbo (the supposed abode of the souls of unbaptized infants) (a West Indian dance in which the dancer bends backward to pass under a horizontal bar that is progressively lowered to a position just above the ground)


metrohumanx Wow. Etherial religio-laundy surfactants can't diminish the other-dimensional logic behind ARGYLIMBO! I wonder where Madame Blavatsky did her wash? - metrohumanx, 2008-11-06: 12:04:00

zxvasdf love the story - zxvasdf, 2008-11-06: 12:13:00


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Created by: metrohumanx

Pronunciation: STICKS-uh-cull (alternatively: stick-SIGH-cull)

Sentence: Flo and Eddie drove down to the local Sudz-O-Mat with some trepidation. Flo didn't trust Eddie's laundry skills, and Eddie knew he'd suffer a tumble-dried fate worse than death if he lost just ONE of Flo's imported Mohair/Alpaca blend custom knitted reinforced-toe foot garments. After gently front-loading the best machine with Eco-friendly low-phosphate clinical-action detergent, Flo lovingly inserted her beloved socks and set the washer to "ultra-gentle". Flo positioned SweatyEddie on a folding chair right in front of the porthole and went next door to the pizzeria. Sure as shootin, when they opened the evil machine's greedy maw, Flo's coddled sockettes were riding solo, unpaired and unloved, traumatized victims of the mysterious STYXCYCLE which spelled the end of another modern relationship. Flo had insured her collection to the hilt, but although her temperment was set to NORMAL, she took Eddie down to the river and beat him on a rock in an effort to make him "come clean"...

Etymology: STYX+CYCLE=STYXCYCLE.....STYX:the principal river of the underworld in Greek mythology in which the Gods did their laundry;Latin Styg-, Styx, from Greek.......CYCLE:an interval of time during which a sequence of events or phenomena is completed < wash cycle,spin cycle> a course or series of events or operations that recur regularly and usually lead back to the starting point.


metrohumanx - metrohumanx, 2008-11-06: 11:33:00

hopefully they went to heaven where choirs of angels sing hose/anna in the highest - Jabberwocky, 2008-11-06: 12:11:00

metrohumanx Today's challenge has spawned a cornucopia of creativity that's going to make voting VERY difficult. What a crew! - metrohumanx, 2008-11-06: 12:14:00

metrohumanx - metrohumanx, 2008-11-06: 12:20:00

Don't know when I've had so many laughs reading the stories behind the words!!! Didn't know there was actually laundry being done in the underworld!! - mweinmann, 2008-11-06: 13:22:00

metrohumanx NOBODY escapes washday :) - metrohumanx, 2008-11-06: 15:45:00

Terrific imput as usual. Perhaps the wayward siocks are trying to escape eternal darnation. Nice combo by use of 'Styx" - OZZIEBOB, 2008-11-06: 17:41:00

Styx and's great therapy to hear everyone discuss their sox lives... - Nosila, 2008-11-06: 22:05:00

Good one!! - Mustang, 2008-11-06: 22:18:00


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Created by: paintergrl1313

Pronunciation: Lint-verse

Sentence: My socks disappeared into the lintverse, and my boyfriend thought he found a way to get them back. I haven't seen him since.

Etymology: Lint: That stuff that always appears where your socks should be. Kind of a weird space time continuum thing. Verse: Universe

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Created by: TJayzz

Pronunciation: Be-lawn-derd-try-ang-el

Sentence: Carla wished that she could solve the mystery of the belaunderedtriangle, but as she sat and looked at the huge pile of odd socks that she had accumulated over the past few months she knew that it was highy unlikely.

Etymology: See Bermuda Triangle(a region of the Northwestern Atlantic Ocean in which mysterious disappearances often occur)


metrohumanx I'll bet Carla caught a lot of static for that... - metrohumanx, 2008-11-06: 11:50:00


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Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2008-01-09: 00:01:00
Today's definition was suggested by sipsoccer. Thank you sipsoccer. ~ James

silveryaspen - 2008-01-11: 14:48:00
Your humorous definition brought us all a lot of laughs and a lot of fun words were created. Good one, sipsoccer.

silveryaspen - 2008-01-11: 14:54:00
James ... your cartoon for this daffynition has me roaring with laughter every time I look at it. Can't help wondering if you have a daughter with a boyfriend that inspired it ??? !!! It's a good thing there's no such thing as a cannibal dryer! Yet!

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2010-04-06: 00:01:00
Today's definition was suggested by sipsoccer. Thank you sipsoccer. ~ James

GossaMcqueen - 2013-01-16: 19:14:00
please, i made a mistake and posted wrongly - how do i remove my Word?