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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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Chekintodebt

DnBrown

Created by: DnBrown

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Credituate

Created by: matte76

Pronunciation:

Sentence: A new credituate in the mail always made her think of new shoes. Banks credituate their customers.

Etymology: credit + habituate, similar to barbituate

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Flimflamscamjam

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: flimflamskamjam

Sentence: Trudy found herself paying for one credit card with the next one. She couldn't wait for the mail to deliver the next pre-approved offer. She was in a complete flimflanscamjam. Her financial plan can be compared to fire walking. If she hesitates at all she is gonna get burned.

Etymology: flimflam (a confidence game) + scam (a dishonest scheme; a fraud) + jam (an awkward situation or predicament)

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COMMENTS:

This is one of those "Can't say it 10 times fast" words. - wayoffcenter, 2009-02-24: 07:19:00

New idea for a sammich: Peanut butter and flimflam jam. Good word! - Mustang, 2009-02-24: 19:02:00

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Edmcmahonuever

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)

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

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Owemen

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: o men

Sentence: Carol could not believe her luck. She had gotten in her mailbox the chance to get a pre-approved credit card. It was low interest (2%) for the first 3 months and then ballooned to 30% after that. She wanted to apply, but talked to her Mom first. Her Mom made her rip up the offer and chuck it away. She told her such a come-on was an owemen...she would owe men money for the rest of her days if she signed up!

Etymology: Owe (be in debt) & Men (people) and play on Omen (a prediction of your future)

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Lendanger

karenanne

Created by: karenanne

Pronunciation: len DAYN jer

Sentence: Aiyo Yu keeps getting calls from PityBank (motto: "We Want to Help You Feel Forever In Our Debt") offering her the "opportunity" to roll her balances on other cards "free of charge" into the card she holds from this particular company. She also gets mailings from the same company inviting her to apply for various-sized loans that would pay off all her debts and give her "just one convenient monthly payment." These lendangering practices are helping a lot - helping PityBank, that is. She doesn't seem to realize that rolling all your outstanding debts into one payment is only helpful if you actually pay down the balance every month, and don't run up new balances. Most of her paycheck is a lendangered species at this point.

Etymology: endanger + lend

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COMMENTS:

An all-too familiar tale, sadly! - Nosila, 2010-09-07: 21:10:00

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Mailfeasance

Pseudonym

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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Scamwow

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: skam-wow

Sentence: Having been hammered over and over by a recent infomercial about a wipe cloth, wheneven Heathcliffe would see ads of any kind for those 'too good to be true' products or services he would involuntarily shout "Scamwow!", oftentimes startling people near him.

Etymology: Blend of scam and the exclamation'wow', a play on Shamwow, a commercially advertised product.

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Wotsmineisjaws

GlobalGallery

Created by: GlobalGallery

Pronunciation: whats-myne-iz-jawz

Sentence: "Eehh! No praablem, wotsmineisjaws" uttered Rodrigo as he handed the crisp new fifty dollar bills over to his desperate customer. "But you know the score man, it's a nickel on the dollar for every day you owe me...RIGHT!".

Etymology: The words of a loan shark.

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Scamwow

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: SKAM-wow

Sentence: Having been hammered over and over by a recent infomercial about a wipe cloth, whenever Radcliffe would see ads of any kind for those 'too good to be true' products or services he would involuntarily shout "Scamwow!", oftentimes startling people near him.

Etymology: Blend of 'scam' (con game with phony offers) and the exclamation 'wow',(expressing joy or surprise) a play on Shamwow, a former commercially advertised product.

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Comments:

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