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'Look! A pretty rainbow...'

DEFINITION: v. To see beauty in the midst of a complete disaster. n. The ability to see beauty in the rainbow hues of a toxic oil spill, or in the remnants of a poster torn down long ago, or in the subtle cracks in the plaster of a cheap, cold-water flat.

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Aesthetslick

petaj

Created by: petaj

Pronunciation: ess-thet-slick

Sentence: While the workers toiled cleaning up the oil covered beach, several aesthetslicks tried to stop them from clearing the shiny, rainbow-hued slicks that washed up with the surf.

Etymology: aesthetic (pertaining to beauty) + slick (as in oil)

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funny - Jabberwocky, 2009-05-13: 05:56:00

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Beautastrophe

libertybelle

Created by: libertybelle

Pronunciation: byoot-as-tro-fee

Sentence: Despite the fact that the tornado tore down their house and killed their neighbors, Gavin let the beautastrophe shine through as he marveled at the way that the sun shined through the broken stained glass of the near-by church.

Etymology: beauty + catastrophe

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COMMENTS:

petaj at first sight i thought this must have been an aussie verbotomist - but maybe that would have been spelt bewtastrophe. Love it - petaj, 2009-05-13: 05:33:00

libertybelle nope - 100% Jersey girl! thanks ;) - libertybelle, 2009-05-13: 10:12:00

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Beautifail

Created by: dekra

Pronunciation: bew-tih-fale

Sentence: She had a habit of seeing the beautifail in any situation, like the bright green and brown hues of the compost pile, or the colored styrofoam floating in the blue ocean water.

Etymology: Beautiful + Failure

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Optimissed

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: OPT-eh-mist

Sentence: Lori has always been an optimissed, having such a rosy outlook and a true believer in serendipity she rarely ever saw the down side of bad situations but would instead see something to be gained even from tragedy.

Etymology: Play on the word optimist, prefix opti- and 'missed'.

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COMMENTS:

Great minds think alike...I almost used that word! Cheers. - Nosila, 2009-05-12: 18:16:00

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Iridescentdisaster

Created by: abrakadeborah

Pronunciation: ir-i-des-cent-dis-as-ter

Sentence: Valspar Valdez had a wreck and as he and his wife were upside down she exclaims,"Oh look honey I see an iridescentdisaster of opal colors and blues and pinks purples in the fuel and oil draining out!"

Etymology: Iridescent:Producing a display of lustrous, rainbowlike colors. Disaster: An occurrence causing destruction and distress; a catastrophe.

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Calamadulate

Created by: briangianelos

Pronunciation: ca - la - ma - dU - lAt

Sentence: During the hurricane, I found myself in a state of calamadulation as I observed the beauty and splendor of the brilliant bolts of lightning

Etymology: Calam - (latin: calamitas = disaster) adulate - (latin: adulat = fawned on)

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Disaesthete

Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: diz ay steet

Sentence: "Wow how many people get to see an iceberg this close up while on a cruise?"

Etymology: disaster aesthete

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Floptimism

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: flop tim izm

Sentence: Sally was driving with her boyfriend Kevin. Unfortunately, he sped too much, skidded,flipped and did a lot of damage to their car. Was she mad? No. Sally, who had chronic floptimism, thought thankfully that Kevin would not notice the crack she had put in the windshield last week or the broken off mirror so much now...

Etymology: Flop (fail utterly; collapse)& Optimism (a general disposition to expect the best in all things;the optimistic feeling that all is going to turn out well)

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Beautisaster

Created by: vicminer

Pronunciation: beau-ti-saster

Sentence: The artist srtived to make a scultpure of a beautiful woman, but it turned out to be a beautaster.

Etymology: beaut-beautiful saster-star

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Colorific

Created by: specks28

Pronunciation: Col-lar-if-fic

Sentence: The car crash looked like a colorific accident.

Etymology: Color- colorful ific- terrific

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Comments:

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2009-05-12: 00:01:01
Today's definition was suggested by metrohumanx Thank you metrohumanx ~ James

abrakadeborah - 2009-05-14: 11:24:00
Metro, You're amazing! I really enjoy your definitions! I hope my word "Iridescentdisaster" does justice of your artistic visions. :) Great cartoon too "Verbotoartist"

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2010-11-23: 00:09:00
Today's definition was suggested by metrohumanx. Thank you metrohumanx. ~ James