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'This is the real me.'

DEFINITION: n. A self-image disorder characterized by an inability look at, share, or even recognize pictures of yourself, unless they have been photoshopped to perfection. v. To fall in love with a photoshopped image yourself.

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Created by: Clayton

Pronunciation: ree-TUHCH-ee-nis

Sentence: Constance's retouchiness was out of control. She got busted for using the smudge tool on her passport photo.

Etymology: retouch + touchiness


Great sentence. - ErWenn, 2007-06-05: 02:56:00

could you imagine being held outside the country for not enough sexiness? that's why i always travel extra sexy. seriously, have you ever seen somebody extra sexy get stuck in a line anywhere? except the dmv, because no matter how many people there are waiting in line at the dmv, nobody can look sexy after 5 hours of hot breath and regrets. also, i like to imagine that there is a super sexy dmv where super sexy get their pictures taken and the pictures look good. also the workers are sexy. and the lines are shorter. - jadenguy, 2007-06-05: 10:08:00

Sexy DMV workers... riiiiight. - Clayton, 2007-06-05: 17:56:00


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Created by: mrskellyscl

Pronunciation: slim-ma-ging

Sentence: Slimmaging lets everyone see the real me -- a svelte rock and roll diva who can still tear it up in a black leather jumpsuit. Pay no attention to the grandmother baking cookies in the kitchen singing nursery rhymes to a two year old, that's just some woman who lives in my house.

Etymology: slimming: to become or make slim; slender + imaging: the mind's eye; the ability to perform mental images

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Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: pik sel luv

Sentence: Jane had no mirrors in her home, but she did have a very active computer. She created a very flattering (and very different) image of herself on her screen. She very much did pixelove this CyberBarbie and truly believed that this was the image people actually saw when faced with her. She figured it was way cheaper than plastic surgery...

Etymology: Pixel ((computer science) the smallest discrete component of an image or picture on a CRT screen (usually a colored dot))& Love (have a great affection or liking for; strong positive emotion of regard and affection)

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Created by: Discoveria

Pronunciation: ehr-brush-izum

Sentence: Samantha's severe airbrushism was diagnosed after her friends noticed that all the mirrors in her apartment were covered with photoshopped images of her.

Etymology: airbrush (to remove detail as if by an airbrush) + ism (suffix)

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Created by: purpleartichokes

Pronunciation: self-ab-hor-trit

Sentence: Because she suffered from selfabhortrait and wanted everything pixelperfect, Julie didn't get her wedding album back from being photoshopped until five years after her divorce.

Etymology: self-portrait, abhor


petaj Not as deadly as a similar sounding condition ending in ion. - petaj, 2007-06-05: 08:30:00

like south american self abhortration? that's extra deadly because bad stuff always comes from the jungle. ironically, all the best cures could probably be found in the jungle. - jadenguy, 2007-06-05: 09:21:00

(jungle love, it's driving me mad, it's making me crazy...) - purpleartichokes, 2007-06-05: 13:59:00

Jungle love! O-E-O-E-O! - Clayton, 2007-06-05: 17:58:00


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Created by: livejuicy

Pronunciation: koz-moh-shop-izm

Sentence: Cosmo readers are those most common to suffer from cosmoshopism.

Etymology: cosmopolitan + photoshop + ism

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Created by: serendipity9000

Pronunciation: foe-toe-rex-eah

Sentence: We had known for a while that she suffered from fautorexia, but it was officially confirmed when she sent us all absurdly photoshoped makeovers of all of the vacation photos that included her.

Etymology: faux (as in fake) + pun on photo + rexia (suffix related to obsession and hunger for something) = obsession with fake photos


I like the pun on fauxto! - purpleartichokes, 2007-06-05: 18:29:00


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Created by: Mrgoodtimes

Pronunciation: like - this

Sentence: After painstakingly removing the scar, birthmark, mole and third eye his true likethis was complete and could be posted on his webpage.

Etymology: Likeness - I look like this (see much better, wanna go out?)

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Created by: Stevenson0

Pronunciation: pix/os/is

Sentence: Her psychiatrist's treatment of pixosis was to get her, over time, to use older and older versions of Photoshop until she weaned herself of the program.

Etymology: pixel + osis (disorder, or abnormal state)

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Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-06-05: 00:01:00
Today's definition was suggested by Lucyof2009. Thank you Lucyof2009! ~ James

ErWenn - 2007-06-05: 02:55:00
Excellent definition. I think that the one-word restriction should be eliminated in special cases, such as when the definition is for a medical disorder.

petaj petaj - 2007-06-05: 05:08:00
That might work well for special theme weeks. Disease Week is an ideal candidate. Maybe there could be special challenges some times too, like having to write a limerick instead of just a sentence, or haiku.

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-06-05: 06:54:00
Hey ErWenn and Petaj, Thanks for the creative ideas! And yes, I think it would be fun to change-up the rules. ErWenn, if you want to change your word into two-word verboticism, you can. Go to the edit/comment page for your word. You will see a link, in small gray type at the bottom of the page, which says "Oops, I want to change the spelling..." Click on this link, and then change your one-word answer into two words and submit. You will get a javascript alert, but the word will be saved. (This works in firefox...)

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-06-05: 06:57:00
Hey Petaj, We are doing a theme-week on "office politics" next week! Can you think of any special challenges? ~ James

petaj petaj - 2007-06-05: 08:24:00
Well, how about using the word in a sentence from the minutes of a meeting, or in the style of a policy or procedure document.

jadenguy - 2007-06-05: 12:25:00
Or make everybody put a cover letter on their TPS reports before submitting them.

purpleartichokes - 2007-06-05: 14:30:00
Make everyone sit through a performance review of their word.

Stevenson0 - 2007-06-05: 21:34:00
How about filing long range plans, having the boss to dinner(you're invited Mr. Verbotomy next weekend)and paying into the coffee and gift fund?!?!?

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2010-01-01: 00:38:00
Today's definition was suggested by Lucyof2009. Thank you Lucyof2009. ~ James