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'I've been pre-approved for a new credit card?'

DEFINITION: v. To offer pre-approved credit, loans or sweepstake prizes in order to lock the some poor sucker into permanent usury. n. Junk mail, spam or telemarketing offers for pre-approved credit and loans.

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Created by: kateinkorea

Pronunciation: SPAM SCAM

Sentence: I couldn't believe it when I got an email that said "The Perfect Man Dating Site". I hate spam mail and I usually ignore it. But this one had come into my Inbox, so I convinced myself that maybe it had been sent to me by a friend. It advertised that only 10% of the members were women and the rest were good, decent, successful men all looking for women. They were having a contest to encourage more women to join these poor (um...but not poor) lonely men on this site. So of course I went on to the website and joined. This was worse than spam it was spamscam. It was one of the worst ever rip-offs. I visited the site several times over the next week. Later I got a bill for $548. I hadn't read through the terms of membership (in my haste) and now I owed this place money for having looked at these profiles.

Etymology: SPAM: unwanted mail SCAM: trick to cheat someone out of something or into something


Turned out to be a very expensive date! - Mustang, 2009-02-24: 19:00:00


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Created by: DnBrown




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Created by: metrohumanx

Pronunciation: CARROTn-schtick

Sentence: Debbie Terwilliger pounced on any free offer, no matter how unlikely. At her college, sleazy agents handed out credit cards by the bushel, and DebT grabbed a handful. She fell for the old CARATNSCHTICK everytime, and now she's getting a pedicure in debtor's prison.

Etymology: CARAT+n+SCHTICK=CARATNSCHTICK..........CARAT:a unit of fineness for gold equal to 1⁄24 part of pure gold in an alloy.....CARROT:a reward or advantage offered especially as an inducement; Middle French carotte, from Late Latin carota, from Greek karōton.....SCHTICK: a usually comic or repetitious performance or routine; Yiddish shtik pranks, literally, piece, from Middle High German stücke, from Old High German stucki; akin to Old English stycce piece, Old High German stoc stick.....carrot and stick:The carrot and stick approach was first used by owners of donkeys in order to keep their animals moving. Whenever the animal stopped, the rider used to dangle a raw carrot in front of the animal's nose, or beat it with the stick.

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Created by: petaj

Pronunciation: gull-a-bull-mark-a-ting

Sentence: Connie's name was apt. She was adept at gullibullmarketing, and made a fortune luring young people into crippling 'debtitude' by scamming them with promises of a rosy credit based future

Etymology: gull (to fool someone) + bull market (optimistic market) + marketing (promoting products or services) + gullible (disposed to believing anything or being suckered)


Bullseye! - silveryaspen, 2009-02-24: 15:10:00

Suitabull word! - Nosila, 2009-02-24: 21:57:00


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Created by: readerwriter

Pronunciation: uh-sceem-uh-tuh-rihp-u

Sentence: The Blandit Brothers knew Disney litigators were on the way, but they were going to get away with it as long as they could. The BBs were sending the song to cell phones with voice-over promises that budding American Idiots could have a direct link to Simon Coward. Here was the song and lyrics played in the background: Aschemataripu! What a wonderful phrase... Aschemataripu! Ain't no passing craze... It means no worries For the rest of your days It's our problem-free philosophy Aschemataripu!

Etymology: A direct rip off from "Hakuna Matata," a song from Disney's The Lion King!

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Created by: Pseudonym

Pronunciation: mail-FEEZ-ance

Sentence: The cell phone contract that I "won" seems to be a case of mailfeasance.

Etymology: mail + malfeasance

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Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: det/bil/i/tay/shun

Sentence: Offering credit cards to students who have just incurred huge loans is debtbillitation and shouldn't be allowed.

Etymology: debt + bill + debilitation (enfeebling)


I think they should make that a real word! - kateinkorea, 2009-02-24: 07:55:00

Terrific! - TJayzz, 2009-02-24: 10:43:00

Owe! Owe! Good One! - silveryaspen, 2009-02-24: 14:41:00


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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: teləshärkiting

Sentence: Jill screens all her calls. She has her roommate sort through her mail, because she has found that she is far too susceptible to telesharketing. Next she may have to give up watching television.

Etymology: telemarketing (the marketing of goods or services by means of telephone calls, typically unsolicited, to potential customers) + shark (a person who unscrupulously exploits or swindles others)


:) - galwaywegian, 2010-09-07: 04:58:00


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Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: blond issss ew

Sentence: The bank offered a blondissue which, if you didn't read the small print, was to dye for.

Etymology: bond issue, blonde

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Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: ed mc man oover

Sentence: Stella got that important-looking envelope in the mail for the first time. You know, the one that says, "You May Already Be A New Homeowner"! Her heart started beating faster as she read the large print. Was it really possible after living in basement suites and studio apartments all her adult life, that she could actually have won a home of her own??? Her head swirled with fantasy with each sentence she read. The possibilities...more than one bedroom and bathroom, a lovely garden, a garage, a patio, loads of room for entertaining and room for a dog or two! In other words, all the things she could never afford working at the convenience store. All she had to do to win the house was order a pre-approved credit card at 36% interest and order a few magazines. She looked through the selection of publications, trying to find one or two that actually might interest her. Popular Mechanics, BodyBuilder, Crochet Today, HangGlider's Weekly, Parenting...gee, not much here to make her want to read them once, never mind a 3 year subscription. She settled for Convenience Store Monthly and Buyer Beware, sent in her entry forms and payment. At first she was excited, but disappointment grew at not hearing anything back for weeks. One early morning, a van, a marching band, champagne, flowers and a TV crew showed up at her door. Stella answered it in hair rollers, shaggy slippers and a distressed housecoat, with a green cosmetic mask stuck on her face. She had won the House!!! She was awestruck, her mask cracked and peeled as she jumped up and down. The house she had won was ironically the one that Ed McMahon had been foreclosed on and now she was the proud owner. This edmcmahoneuever had worked in her favor!

Etymology: Ed McMahon (TV Personality also known as spokesperson ofr Publishers' Clearing House whose tagline "You may already be a winner" has lured millions to sign up for magazine subscriptions and merchandise in order to be entered into their Sweepatakes Draw. In latter years,ironically, Ed has faced bankruptcy, being sued by creditors, suing various people himself and mortgage foreclosures for non-payment). & Maneuver (an action aimed at evading an opponent;a move made to gain a tactical end;a deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill)


A Real Prize Package! - silveryaspen, 2009-02-24: 14:45:00


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Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2009-02-24: 00:01:01
Today's definition was suggested by readerwriter. Thank you readerwriter. ~ James

readerwriter - 2009-02-24: 08:20:00
The thanks should go to my hubby who doesn't play, but loves to hear the defs!

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2009-02-24: 22:59:00
Well lets give thanks to your hubby. Sounds like he has lots of good ideas! ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2010-09-07: 00:00:00
Today's definition was suggested by readerwriter. Thank you readerwriter. ~ James