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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: trakberē

Sentence: Rosie is more than happy with her trackberry and it’s ability to tell her how to not get lost. The GPS function can even tell her where to get a tasty eclair. Friends can track her whereabouts and meet up at a moment’s notice. She discovered its drawback the other day when she was about to give in to the urge for sweets and received a veto text from her mom. She now parks her SPiPHONE with a friend at the local health food store before heading to the pastry shop.

Etymology: track (follow the course or trail of someone or something) + Blackberry (brand of wireless phone/e-mail device)

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Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: mon i tor men ted

Sentence: Give me the good old days, thought James, as he rocked in his Lazy Boy. The Cold War days when spies earned an honest living following people while remaining invisible themselves. The days when the hunt was part of the excitement of your job, relying on your own wits and instincts. Matching wits with other clever humans and assassinating them when needed. Nowadays, it was all electronic, electronic, electronic...satellites that could fly over the planet and take pictures so minute, you could see your street, house and color of the eyes in your face from outer space, in real time. Red light and CCTV cameras that could watch you anywhere out in public. Blackberries, cellphone cameras and any number of devices which got tinier every month, meant to keep you connected to someone, somewhere, everywhere. Yes, he thought, people today were monitormented. Thank God, I am retired from all that, he thought, even though we in the business invented these ideas. "Come along, Mr.Bond, the computer says you need to have your sponge bath, your 18 pills and your bowel movement", said the cheerful, matronly caregiver employed at SMERSH,the Sunset Maximum-Security Espionage Retirement Secret Home.

Etymology: Monitor (to watch, observe;keep tabs on; keep an eye on; keep under surveillance;a piece of electronic equipment that keeps track of the operation of a system continuously and warns of trouble; display consisting of a device that takes signals from a computer and displays them on a CRT screen)& Tormented (the act of harassing someone; extreme mental distress; a feeling of intense annoyance caused by being tormented)


metrohumanx Excellent, Ms Moneypenney! - metrohumanx, 2009-02-27: 05:02:00

Spytacular! - silveryaspen, 2009-02-27: 11:24:00

If you think about it, Ian Fleming wrote the series after WW2 and in the fifties. They say he based the character part on himself and part on George Stevenson, the Canadian mastermind known as the Man Called Intrepid. If that was true, James was at his early pique of 30 years old in the early fifties, which would make him at least 89 years old in real life today, assuming he survived all the sanctions against him. All that Sodium Penthathol fended off Alzheimer's! - Nosila, 2009-02-27: 23:02:00

Excellent!! Best of the day! - Mustang, 2009-02-28: 03:02:00


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Created by: petaj

Pronunciation: pervasive computing

Sentence: I feel so much safer, yet somehow exposed with all the perveasivecomputing keeping track of me.

Etymology: perve (to spy on) + pervasive computing (technology everywhere)


short sentence but so powerful! Plus a perve-ectly great verbotomy! - silveryaspen, 2009-02-27: 11:23:00


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Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: awr well well well eeeeean

Sentence: The GPS phone provided an orwellwellwellian moment or two as he cruised the seedier side of town in search of his soon-to-be-ex-fiance

Etymology: orwellian, well well well!


So deeply deeply deeply and disturbingly terrorific create! - silveryaspen, 2009-02-27: 11:02:00

love it - Jabberwocky, 2009-02-27: 14:23:00

GlobalGallery Brilliant! LOL. Tonight we're gonna party like it's 1984. - GlobalGallery, 2009-02-27: 22:08:00


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Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: scair-VAYL-ehns

Sentence: At first Harriet found the constant scrutiny of her whereabouts and activities to be comforting but as she found it to be more and more intrusive she became somewhat paranoid and began to refer to it as scareveillance, and wished she knew how to put an end to it.

Etymology: Blend of 'scare' (frighten) and 'surveillance' (The act of observing or the condition of being observed)


Frightfully great create! - silveryaspen, 2009-02-27: 11:00:00

great combo - Jabberwocky, 2009-02-27: 14:25:00


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Created by: silveryaspen

Pronunciation: spwach and spun troll

Sentence: With satellites, the internet, unseen cameras evgerywhere including in cell phones, military stealth systems and weapons, and business tracking networks that not only track people, but what they buy, where they go, what they do, and how often ... George Orwell's famous prediction "Big Brother is watching you" is true. However, George missed the mark by thinking it was only the governments of the nations of the world who are the Big Brothers watching you. Nor is it just, the military mights with stealth systems and spy weapons, of all the nations of the world! Perhaps it is not the nation, who seems to say and do much, but the nation that silently watches, and capitalizes on the knowledge they gain from watching, who does the most. But this distracts us from the even bigger Big Brothers! Perhaps it is not the goverments and militaries, of the nations of the world, who are the Biggest Brothers ... could it be the cor-pore-over-U-ations and business car-tells ... those inter-netting-U billionaires ... those oil-slickering-U billionaires ... or the health care and drug-U billionaires who have the greatest leverage, your health, to care-4-U like hostages in hospitals ... et cetera? You get the idea. What about the not-so-legal drug and sex billionaires? The more things change, the more they stay the same. The most Powerful and Biggest Brothers of all, are those with the most money. Those who most cleverly spwatchandspontroll, are those biggest business trillionaires!

Etymology: SPY WATCH AND SPY CONTROL = SPWATCH AND SPONTROLL is a play on ROCK AND ROLL. Both are different ways to rock the world and roll over it.


scary musings silvery - Jabberwocky, 2009-02-27: 14:25:00

Amen...feel the same... - Nosila, 2009-02-27: 23:22:00

metrohumanx Wow! Awesome. - metrohumanx, 2009-03-02: 06:13:00


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Created by: metrohumanx

Pronunciation: DEE-mun-GRAFF-ixed

Sentence: Polly was feeling violated lately. The used car she just bought was quickly accompanied by junk mail from the manufacturer, who got her name from DMV records. Microsoft rebooted her laptop whenever they saw fit, and her MySpace page was liberally sprinkled with ads for Frank Zappa merchandise ever since she included the keywords "wowie zowie" in a posting. Polly's vital stats were piling up somewhere in cyberspace, and she felt DEMONGRAFIXED as the rising tide of targeted junk mail clogged her rural delivery box. Finally she snapped and vowed to "get off the grid". She took her camerafone and laptop, living in her Yugo and seeking "hotspots" where she could compute for free. But "they" had her number, her GPS location, and Polly eventually descended into madness as the offers of "2weeks of free treatment" at Sunnyvale Psychiatric Institute continued to pop up on her screens and in her mind.

Etymology: DEMON+demoGRAPHICS+FIXED=DEMONGRAFIXED>DEMON:an evil spirit,a source or agent of evil, harm, distress, or ruin; Middle English demon, from Late Latin & Latin; Late Latin daemon evil spirit, from Latin, divinity, spirit, from Greek daimōn, probably from daiesthai to distribute.....DEMOGRAPHICS:the statistical characteristics of human populations (as age or income) used especially to identify markets.....FIX(fixed): to kill, harden, and preserve for microscopic study,to make a profitable determination of, to get ready or prepare,to get even with, to influence the actions, outcome, or effect of by IMPROPER or ILLEGAL methods;Middle English, from Latin fixus, past participle of figere to fasten; akin to Lithuanian dygti to sprout, break through.


It's not easy to incorporate and give an old word 'fix' a new meaning ... but your erudite create ... did it exceedingly successfully! - silveryaspen, 2009-02-27: 11:04:00

metrohumanx Thanks, Kiddo! - metrohumanx, 2009-02-27: 13:33:00

Metro, you have DEMONstrated your skills again! Bravo, Big Brother! - Nosila, 2009-02-27: 23:08:00

Very good verboticism! Clever blend. - Mustang, 2009-02-28: 03:04:00

metrohumanx A most amusing diversion: - metrohumanx, 2009-02-28: 10:59:00

LOL I love your sentence :) - abrakadeborah, 2009-03-25: 14:07:00


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Created by: feltcap

Pronunciation: pan äp′tek näl′ə jē

Sentence: He always felt as if he had been born a generation too late, listening to the older gentlemen at work talk about their younger years. Running red lights, toilet papering neighborhoods, the list went on and on. You couldn't get away with things like that these days, there are cameras everywhere - panoptechnology recording your every move.

Etymology: panoptic - including in one view everything within sight, a reference to Foucault's panopticon, a prison set up to monitor prisoners at all times, technology - applied science

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: eek-spoh-zher

Sentence: Joyce loves her devices but she is also afraid of the eeksposure they create. Thankfully her mom cannot even turn on the computer without help.

Etymology: e (electronic) + eek (sound of a squeak of fear) + exposure (disclosure, as of something private or secret)

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Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2009-02-27: 00:01:01
Today's definition was suggested by silveryaspen. Thank you silveryaspen. ~ James

silveryaspen - 2009-02-27: 10:50:00
WOW! Everyone created a first rate verbotomy! You have my admiration and awe every day, but even more so today!

silveryaspen - 2009-02-27: 10:52:00
I'd vote for every verbotomy today if I could!

silveryaspen - 2009-02-27: 10:59:00
It's also great to see more verbotomists submitting definitions for James and all of us! They are the lifeblood of this game. Which is more challenging: to creat a definition or create a verbotomy?

readerwriter - 2009-02-27: 11:08:00
Maybe that should be a definition, eh? Noun: the anxiety caused by the challenge of whether to create a definition or a verbotomy

silveryaspen - 2009-02-27: 11:21:00
Now all you have to do is submit it in the right place, readerwriter!

splendiction - 2009-02-27: 18:36:00
I'm going to need a lobotomy from my verbotomy at this rate!

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2010-09-10: 00:09:00
Today's definition was suggested by silveryaspen. Thank you silveryaspen. ~ James

'Henry!! It's a code red!'

DEFINITION: n. The uneasy comfort that comes from knowing that your family, your friends, the police, the taxman, and every marketer in the world, are using the newest technology track your every move. v. To lose your privacy due to technology.

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