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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: Nosila

Pronunciation: feet ternal darn ayshun

Sentence: It took Bobbie a while to realize a universal truth. When socks go into the dryer, we think they are just getting dried. The reality is they are getting tried. Crimes such as shrinking, holey toes and heels, fading or changing color and losing elasticity are punishable violations. Those guilty are sentenced to feeternal darnation...never to be seen again. Bobbie now knew that those missing hose were actually socks offenders.

Etymology: Play on Eternal Damnation (the state of being condemned to eternal punishment in Hell)...Feet (what the socks cover) & Darn (mending the holes in socks with wool/yarn; also a euphemism for damn)

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Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: sok greg ay shun

Sentence: The process of sockgregation on laundry day leads to many casualties. More hosiery pairs are torn apart in the dryer than married couples in Reno, darn it!

Etymology: Sock (hosiery;woolly covering for feet and ankles) & Segregation (the act of segregating or sequestering)

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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: 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: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: hose/taj

Sentence: We have reports of several hosetage situations taking place in a new subdivision where LG washers have been installed. We now believe LG stands for last gasp and several socks have lost their mates to the dreaded spin cycle gang.

Etymology: hose + hostage


metrohumanx Did the Bader-Meinhoff gang use dryers for their balaclavas, of just hang 'em on the line? - metrohumanx, 2008-11-06: 12:11:00

It's time to round them up and wring the truth out of will all come out in the wash! - Nosila, 2008-11-06: 21:56:00


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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: Mustang

Pronunciation: ar-GYL-uh-byss

Sentence: Sandra was perplexed because of the repeated and mysterious disappearances of several of her boyfriend Thad's argyles when she did is laundry at the laundromat.

Etymology: Blend of argyles and abyss


metrohumanx Another one bites the dust! - metrohumanx, 2008-11-06: 11:49:00

Seems Sandra has Argylethargy. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-11-06: 17:36:00

I think she did it on purpose because she is a Thaddist! - Nosila, 2008-11-06: 21:59:00


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Created by: indelible1




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Created by: Dougalistic

Pronunciation: Sokk-in-hell

Sentence: Where the sockinghell is my other sock? More to the point where has Ben gone!??

Etymology: Used in a derogatory manner without actually cursing. Can be used to describe anything that has gone missing like socks usually do in the wash. Sockinghell is also where your flatmate goes when he says he will be 5 mins in the Kitchen.

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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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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?