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'Poor thing, maybe I shouldn't have stepped on him.'

DEFINITION: v. To do something decisive and then immediately start to have doubts, wondering if you did the right thing. n. Second thoughts, or second guesses, about a decision or an action you have made but cannot change.

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Refret

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: ri-fret

Sentence: Joan is not one to make big decisions easily. She takes her time collecting data and sorting through options. Her biggest problem is that when she does something definitive she immediately begins to refret her action.

Etymology: regret (to feel sorrow or remorse for an act, fault, disappointment, etc. + fret (to feel or express worry, annoyance, discontent)

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Permagret

libertybelle

Created by: libertybelle

Pronunciation: perm-ma-greht

Sentence: No sooner had the tattoo artist finished inking the large portrait of Michael Bolton onto Bruce's chest, when the permagret had set in. He hadn't considered that his career as an underwear model may be compromised.

Etymology: permanent + regret

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Vacillean

Created by: readerwriter

Pronunciation: va-sill-een

Sentence: Sometimes vacilleaning between Either/Or can only be cured by the unction of Both/And.

Etymology: Blending VACILLATE, meaning to waver, be hesitant + LEAN, meaning to bend, trust in, incline. Playing on VASELINE, an oil-based lubricant

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COMMENTS:

Slick creation! - silveryaspen, 2009-03-31: 14:45:00

love it - Jabberwocky, 2009-03-31: 16:05:00

enjoyed your word! - mweinmann, 2009-03-31: 19:05:00

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Timedoubt

Created by: mweinmann

Pronunciation: timd + owt

Sentence: Lorraine always experienced timedoubt when she had to decide anything; whether it was a meaningless, simple decision or a life changing situation. After it was too late to change her mind, she wondered whether she should have made another choice.

Etymology: timed out(too late, its over) time (clock or measure duration) doubt (second thoughts)

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COMMENTS:

Captures all the nuances of the definition, and is so easy to remember. Perfect! - silveryaspen, 2009-03-31: 14:19:00

super - Jabberwocky, 2009-03-31: 16:05:00

Perfect word. - kateinkorea, 2009-03-31: 23:50:00

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Pregret

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: prēgret

Sentence: Tim’s mom is a guilt trip travel agent. If there is one emotion she taught him, it is shame. As an adult, Tim can not only feel bad after making a hard decision, he can experience pregret and premorse long before he takes action. The one thing he feels good about is putting mom’s favorite phrase on her headstone, ”Don’t mind me, I’m just your mother”.

Etymology: pre (before) + regret (a feeling of sadness, repentance, or disappointment over something that has happened or been done)

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Revorce

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: rivôrs

Sentence: After weeks of anticipation, the papers finally arrived. The marriage was done. He immediately shifted into revorce, that overwhelming feeling of dimorse. Had he done enough to make it work? Had his expectations been realistic going into marriage? Maybe not, but at least now his "ex" wouldn't be nagging him about wanting to take his girlfriend on their honeymoon.

Etymology: remorse (deep regret or guilt for a wrong committed) + divorce (the legal dissolution of a marriage by a court or other competent body)

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Insecticidekick

Created by: bookowl

Pronunciation: in/sek/ti/side/kik

Sentence: Insecticidekick occured when Bobby searched the house in vain for his pet cricket only to find him on the bottom of his shoe.

Etymology: insecticide + kick

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COMMENTS:

metrohumanx DAMNED clever! I wish it'd come in before i'd voted! - metrohumanx, 2009-04-02: 02:46:00

Ditto, metro...great word and sad story, bookowl! - Nosila, 2009-04-03: 23:31:00

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Retrocertainot

metrohumanx

Created by: metrohumanx

Pronunciation: RETRO-sir-tin-OTT

Sentence: She pleaded with him to come over at once- He knocked on her door till he felt like a dunce! In the dark and the rain he had driven cross town- This was the last time that he’d play the clown! Out of his trunk came a real pay-backer.... The largest yet legal immense firecracker. Out in her courtyard the ten-minute fuse- Sizzled like anger fueled by abuse. Back at his pad he had pause there to enter- He couldn’t retrieve the love note that he’d sent her... The night sky lit up like the coming of day- The concussion was felt a half mile away. Community service completed at last, He’d always reflect on his foolish young past... Was it allwrong –just a misguided thought? Or was it a bad RETROCERTAINOT?

Etymology: RETRO+CERTAIn+NOT= RETROCERTAINOT.....-RETRO(prefix): backward : back ; Latin, from retro, from re- + -tro (as in intro within).....CERTAIN: fixed , settled, inevitable, incapable of failing, destined, assured in mind or action; Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *certanus, from Latin certus, from past participle of cernere to sift, discern, decide; akin to Greek krinein to separate, decide, judge, Old Irish criathar sieve.....NOT: used as a function word to stand for the negative of a preceding group of words; Middle English, alteration of nought, from nought [13th century]

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COMMENTS:

metrohumanx RELAX! NO fictitious characters were harmed in the spinning of this yarn. - metrohumanx, 2009-03-31: 02:18:00

Dear metro, Your poems and wit are that of a good talker, and we love to hear odes about an explosion, by a stalker! - Nosila, 2009-03-31: 15:01:00

Retrocertainot tickles the tongue, especially if you roll those 3 R's! It has a rich rolling rhythym. It shine with alliteraytion! - silveryaspen, 2009-03-31: 15:17:00

I'm glad to hear no characters were maimed. Good story and word. - kateinkorea, 2009-03-31: 23:43:00

metrohumanx Thank you all! - metrohumanx, 2009-04-01: 14:37:00

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Grindecision

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: grin dee sis shun

Sentence: It was picture day at college and Wendy was posing in front of a mirror,in her cap and gown,trying to decide what angle was her most flattering. She was not sure whether to look serious, because she had earned her degree and hoped to get an impressive job. Or whether she should smile and show off her expensive dental work and happy nature. She opted for the smile and figured it would help open doors for her at prestigious companies. She thought her charisma would sell to employers and attract the big-money firms. The ceremony was not until after lunch on that extremely hot day and the photos were just before the commencement activities. She posed, but the photographer was too quick. When she got her proofs back the next week, she woefully regretted her grindecision. "OMG, who is going to hire me now??" she asked herself. Her photo was slightly out of focus, her eyes were closed, her hair frizzed, her mascara starting to slide down her face, her lipstick a bit smeared, one earring missing and her real gold pendant had left a nice green ring around her neck. Her front teeth (top & bottom) housed large pieces of the spinach in the salad she had for lunch. The goofy smile she offered just added to the affect that she had inherited traits that made her look like a cross between a sweaty mime, with clown hair and shiny make-up and a toothless bumpkin! She dearly hoped they offered re-takes...soon!

Etymology: Grin (to smile or show amusement) & Indecision (doubt concerning two or more possible alternatives or courses of action; the trait of irresolution; a lack of firmness of character or purpose)

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COMMENTS:

metrohumanx WHO couldn't love a toothless bumpkin? - metrohumanx, 2009-03-31: 02:21:00

You always bring us such fun, with your clever wit and fun pun! This one is Trans-send-dentally well done! - silveryaspen, 2009-03-31: 14:35:00

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Oooptions

Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: woop shuns

Sentence: The smirk on the bitches face led Dolly to believe she had chosen the wrong ooption.

Etymology: option oops

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Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2009-03-31: 00:01:01
Today's definition was suggested by silveryaspen. Thank you silveryaspen. ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2010-10-13: 00:20:00
Today's definition was suggested by silveryaspen. Thank you silveryaspen. ~ James