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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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Traumatopian

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: trou-muh-toh-pee-uhn

Sentence: Jane sees herself as a traumatopian, envisioning the best of any calamity. Some of her friends think she's on transcendental medication.

Etymology: trauma (a body wound or shock produced by sudden physical injury, as from violence or accident) + utopian (involving idealized perfection)

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Charmageddon

Created by: rikboyee

Pronunciation: charm-ah-ged-on

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Etymology: charm, armageddon

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COMMENTS:

Great word....come up with a sentence or two! - readerwriter, 2009-05-12: 02:55:00

love it - galwaywegian, 2009-05-12: 03:53:00

Ayemageddon charmed :P - dochanne, 2009-05-12: 05:13:00

Charmed us! - Nosila, 2009-05-12: 18:14:00

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Discomboptimist

Created by: dochanne

Pronunciation: Diss-com-bop-tim-ist

Sentence: His head still spinning from the accident, David was astonished to hear Sarah pull sepulchritude from their situation and admire the pretty rainbow in the spilled oil. He thought at first she must have a head injury and be delirious but then remembered the annoying pollyannarchy she displayed under stress which made her a relentless discomboptimist. He wasn't sure yet if it was charmingly childlike awe or a quixotic escape from reality, but that pretty rainbow better not come any closer or he would discombandon her!

Etymology: Discombobulate - cause disarray, disturb/ance, disrupt; Optimist - always look on the bright side of life! Dee-dum, deedum deedum deedum!

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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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Beautastrophous

Created by: logan260

Pronunciation: Byou-tas-truh-fuss

Sentence: Not only was Linda ambidextrious, but she was beautastrophous as well. As we stared at the morning dew steaming off the burnt stumps of the forest fire, she exclaimed, "It's so beautiful."....

Etymology: 1) "Beau"-from beauty 2) "tastrophous" from castasrophe 3) "ous" indicating the presence of an ability as it pertains to a person. pertaining to a person's ability.

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Beautastrophy would be the word for the ability in general, but my word is as it is connected to a person. - logan260, 2012-04-27: 11:07:00

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Posivisability

Created by: mweinmann

Pronunciation: poz - eh - viz - ah - bill - etee

Sentence: Julie's posivisability was astounding. No matter what happened to her, she always looked on the bright side and was able to see good in any situation.

Etymology: positive, visibility (quality or fact or degree of being visible; perceptible by the eye or obvious to the eye), ability (possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done)

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nice - Jabberwocky, 2009-05-13: 05:54:00

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Beautastrophe

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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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Cataclysmixedblessing

Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: cat/ah/cliz/mixt/bless/ing

Sentence: As the tornado ripped the roof off the house and left in its stead a jagged roofline, Sally saw it as a cataclysmixedblessing. She would design a new roof with similar jagged edges and an open concept. It would be beautiful.

Etymology: cataclysmic + mixed blessing

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COMMENTS:

Talk about a Twister Sister! - Nosila, 2009-05-12: 18:15:00

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Distagedy

Created by: beverly

Pronunciation: dist ajedy

Sentence: She is a very distagedy person at the worst times.

Etymology: dist= far, not near agedy= tragedy distracted during a tragedy

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Aestheticlysm

petaj

Created by: petaj

Pronunciation: es-thet-i-cliz-m

Sentence: Georgina walked through the door with her hair bedraggled and clothes dripping. It was a relief to escape the torrential downpour, but her spirits were escalated by the joyous greeting from her boyfriend. He rhapsodised over the colour of her hair spangled with glittery droplets and the way her curvy outline was emphasised by the wet clothing. His aestheticlysm blinded him to the mascara dripping down her cheeks and the mud splattered over her shoes and ankles.

Etymology: aesthetic (beauty) + cataclysm (catastrophe)

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Welcome back, Petaj! - Nosila, 2010-11-23: 07:30:00

petaj Thank you Nosila. Thought I'd drop in. - petaj, 2010-11-24: 07:03:00

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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