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'How did you get your boyfriend to stop scratching his nuts?'

DEFINITION: v. To prevent someone from participating in an undesired activity by engaging them in another activity which makes it impossible to do the first. n. Two things cannot be done at the same time.

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Solitarsking

petaj

Created by: petaj

Pronunciation: soll-it-asking

Sentence: It helps to be good at solitarsking when working with preschoolers and trying to avoid little fingers getting up to mischief.

Etymology: solitary (single, one) + task (job, activity) inspired by the term multitasking which is really what is expected when the boss says you need to be multiskilled.

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COMMENTS:

Clever blend,. Took me a while to catch on to it. I too 'toyed' with the unitasking concept for while. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-22: 08:26:00

petaj Actually could have used psycholdoggy here as well. Keep throwing a stick so the dog can't lick his unmentionables. - petaj, 2008-05-23: 02:36:00

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Cullduggery

Created by: OZZIEBOB

Pronunciation: kuhl-DUHG_uh-ree

Sentence: Roxie disrailed any of Bob's less- than-desirable activities through a strict program of cullduggery.

Etymology: CULL: Something picked out and put aside or removed as unrequired; SKULLDUGGERY:Instance(s) of less than desirable behaviour. Deception, dishonesty, trickery.

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COMMENTS:

very clever - Jabberwocky, 2008-05-22: 13:34:00

Cullever word, Bob! - Nosila, 2008-05-22: 20:41:00

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Etaskulate

Created by: Stevenson0

Pronunciation: e/task/u/late

Sentence: Jenny had such control over Joe that she could easily etaskulate him. A planned night out at the pub with Joe's friends, or a Saturday golf game was always interrupted by Jenny's sudden urge to have him learn knitting, or help her sort her fashion magazine collection.

Etymology: ETASKULATE - VERB - from EMASCULATE (to castrate; to deprive of strength, or vigor; to weaken) + TASK

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excellent! - galwaywegian, 2008-05-22: 07:55:00

estastic! - Jabberwocky, 2008-05-22: 13:37:00

Top word. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-22: 18:51:00

E-xcellent word! - Nosila, 2008-05-22: 20:42:00

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Snubstitution

Created by: Tigger

Pronunciation: /SNUB-sti-too-shun/

Sentence: Amanda had learned that when her boyfriend was arguing with her, the best thing to do was turn on the TV and tune in the sports channel. By using snubstitution, she could give his aggression another target. He would still be yelling and shouting, but gradually his attention would shift to the athletes and announcers on the TV instead of screaming at her. Also, sometimes when he was trying to be sweet, Don would serenade her in public, but he had a lousy singing voice — so she would just kiss him repeatedly until he gave up.

Etymology: Snub - to suddenly check or stop the action of; to reject (from Old Norse, snubba "to curse, scold, reprove") + Substitution - something which the place of something else; replacement (from Latin, substitutus "put in place of another")

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Like your word and sentence - OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-22: 08:20:00

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Predispaversion

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: pree-dis-puh-vur-zhuh

Sentence: When Janet noticed her boyfriend, Jamie's propensity for chewing on pens, she decided to treat his bad habit with predispaversion. She dipped all the pens in the house in hot sauce. Her little experiment backfired when he developed a taste for the fiery concoction and almost doubled their food and pen budget. She also got burned the other morning when she wrote her self a note with one of her mangled pens just before applying her eye shadow.

Etymology: predisposition (tendency to a condition or quality, usually based on the combined effects of genetic and environmental factors) + aversion (a strong feeling of dislike, opposition, repugnance, or antipathy)

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Incompaticake

Created by: diyan627

Pronunciation: in cum pat eee cayk

Sentence: Barry is so dense...Nina plays incompaticake with him all the time to get him to stop doing things she doesn't like.

Etymology: incompatible + patty cake (game that would entertain a nearly primordial person :) The funny thing is, this is a real definition out there in Behavior Analysis Academia.. The real term for the technique is called Differential Reinforcement of Incompatible behaviors (DRI)

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wonderful etymology - Jabberwocky, 2008-05-22: 13:38:00

Is incompaticake the same as wedding -cake? - OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-22: 18:53:00

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Subterguile

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: SUB - ter - gile

Sentence: Wilhelmena employed a two pronged game of subterguile on her couch potato fiance, Rutherford, first distracting him with alluring smiles and suggestions and then offering other options to lure him away from another weeked of non stop on-line gaming with his buddies on his computer.

Etymology: Blend of 'subterfuge' (A deceptive stratagem or device) and 'guile' (deceitful cunning)

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Nulltitasking

Created by: bookowl

Pronunciation: null/tee/task/ing

Sentence: He got absolutely nothing accomplished once he began nulltitasking.

Etymology: null + multitasking

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COMMENTS:

Seems like it's time for an annulment- or at least some sort of annulitasking? - OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-22: 18:50:00

Good word, though null and void where prohibited by law... - Nosila, 2008-05-22: 20:39:00

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Vacilasectomy

Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: va/sil/ah/sec/tummy

Sentence: After his vacilasectomy Jim couldn't bear the thought of staying focussed on anything for more than a few seconds.

Etymology: vacillate + vasectomy

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COMMENTS:

Funny & nicely blended word. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-22: 08:18:00

One of those words that makes men cross their legs.. - Nosila, 2008-05-22: 20:43:00

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Distractitask

Created by: pieceof314

Pronunciation: di-strakt-ih-task

Sentence: "Hey Jim, look over here! Pie!" Mary vigorously pointed to the counter where a freshly baked pie was waiting to be dished out, trying to think of a way to get him to stop playing pocket pool. Jim's eyebrows raised as he took his hands from out of his pockets to reach for a plate. Just then, Mary's best friend walked in. The distractitask was successful.

Etymology: distract + task

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COMMENTS:

a bit disdrastic but cunning - Jabberwocky, 2008-05-22: 13:36:00

This aint just "Pie in the Sky" stuff. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-22: 18:58:00

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Comments:

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2008-05-21: 00:00:01
Today's definition is inspired by the "Joy of Incompatible Behaviors". It's Amy Sutherland's secret weapon for dealing with people who have annoying habits which they can't seem to control. The secret is not to try to stop them, but rather get them on another track. See: "What Shamu Taught me About Life, Love and Marriage". Thanks Amy! ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2009-07-02: 00:00:01
Today's definition is inspired by the "Joy of Incompatible Behaviors". It's Amy Sutherland's secret weapon for dealing with people who have annoying habits which they can't seem to control. The secret is not to try to stop them, but rather get them on another track. See: "What Shamu Taught me About Life, Love and Marriage". Thanks Amy! ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2010-07-22: 01:14:00
Today's definition was suggested by amysutherland. Thank you amysutherland. ~ James