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'That cake is so dry it's completely indigestible!'

DEFINITION: n., The fear that your service representative will retaliate after you have complained. v., To be afraid of bad service because you complained about it.

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Created by: Daniel999

Pronunciation: Obvious

Sentence: I was so concerned about how the food would come back from the kitchen that I developed a case of serverphobia.


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Created by: godge147

Pronunciation: scab-re-lation



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Created by: zxvasdf

Pronunciation: Rue x change

Sentence: Matilda loved making ruexchanges because it placed her on the precipice of doubt and the thrill of the unknown shivered through her spine as the waiter placed the possibly reconstituted food at her table. Others are normally not so inclined to make a ruexchange out of a justifiable fear of acquiring some mysterious disease.

Etymology: Rue (to regret) & exchange (to trade in) Also a "rude" could be derived.


makes me think of Scooby Doo - Jabberwocky, 2008-10-28: 13:03:00

metrohumanx Never get inclined near the precipice of doubt. ExtremeDining is too much for me.Brilliant word. Beautifully lyrical example. - metrohumanx, 2008-10-28: 17:42:00

metrohumanx A lumpy RUE is a valid reason to return ANY sauce. - metrohumanx, 2008-10-28: 18:00:00


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Created by: mweinmann

Pronunciation: Meal+Fear+Sense

Sentence: When the bacon bits on Ruth's salad began to move, she was disturbed and called the waiter to take a look. As he offerred to take the salad back and "fix" it, the sneer on his face filled Ruth with mealfearsence and she decided to eat it rather than not know what else might be added to it. She had a sense of fear that there would be further wrongdoing in regards to her salad.

Etymology: The word malfeasance combined with meal, fear and sense


very nice - Jabberwocky, 2008-10-28: 13:00:00

Mal-ificent word... - Nosila, 2008-10-28: 14:02:00

metrohumanx Take it BACK! Run away! - metrohumanx, 2008-10-28: 17:49:00

Very clever! - Mustang, 2008-10-28: 18:49:00


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Created by: ErWenn

Pronunciation: /ˌvɛnˈdʒɪdɚz/

Sentence: After publishing a severe critique of the way government officials had arrested a reporter with dissenting views, the journalist got a severe case of the venjitters.

Etymology: from Anglo-French "venger", meaning "to avenge" (as in English "avenge", "revenge", and "vengeance") + "jitters" (unknown origin)


I like the sound of it. - purpleartichokes, 2007-11-30: 12:20:00


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Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: gaff at waff o bee a

Sentence: Her gaffatwaphobia was so intense that she called all of the teddy bears she gave as gifts to her nephews and nieces after herself, for fear of reprecussions.

Etymology: Gaff fatwa phobia

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: ri-sip-ruh-keyk

Sentence: After Joyce complained about her entrée she feared that the dessert she ordered might be a slice of reciprocake.

Etymology: reciprocate (to give and receive reciprocally; interchange) + cake (a sweet, baked, breadlike food, made with or without shortening, and usually containing flour, sugar, baking powder or soda, eggs, and liquid flavoring)

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Created by: TJayzz

Pronunciation: Diss-at-iss-fee-er

Sentence: When Colin complained to the waiter that their meal was cold, Sally was filled with dissatisfear and was convinced that the chef would exact revenge by sabotaging their food in some really unpleasant way!

Etymology: Dissatisfied(failed to be satisfied or pleased) + Fear(the likelihood of something unwelcome happening) = Dissatisfear


metrohumanx While dining at Broadway Chicken in Paterson, I sent back the cold blackeyed peas. Thought I was going to be shivved on my way out the door. - metrohumanx, 2008-10-28: 17:51:00

Like it - mweinmann, 2008-10-28: 18:15:00

Very good. - Mustang, 2008-10-28: 18:50:00


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Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: re gret el

Sentence: When he followed the breadcrumb trail to the house made of candy in the Enchanted Forest, Hansel complained to the old crone that lived there.He could not find his sister and accused her of holding her there against her will. When he realizes her intent, he is full of regretel and so soon is the old crone...

Etymology: Regret (remorse;be sorry) & Gretel (Sister in the Grimm fairy tale Hansel & Gretel)

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Created by: petaj

Pronunciation: grum-bull-flinch

Sentence: The old woman was a well-known complainangst at the store. Despite receiving excellent service over the years she always seemed to grumbleflinch whenever she had to return a product. It was like she expected retailiation.

Etymology: grumble + flinch (complainant + angst)


Gotta love those cantankerous senior shitizens! - purpleartichokes, 2007-11-30: 10:27:00


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Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-11-30: 00:28:00
Today's definition was suggested by remistram. Thank you remistram~ James

remistram - 2007-11-30: 10:14:00
I admit - one of my paranoias....

purpleartichokes - 2007-11-30: 13:49:00
Thanks for all the great definitions Remi!

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-12-01: 07:45:00
By the way, Remistram also gets a credit for yesterday's definition. She originally submitted her definition about compulsive sniffing in June, so I have added her name to the credits which she shares with kabloozie. Thanks! ~ James

silveryaspen - 2008-12-09: 01:06:00
Am I the only one confounded by the previous verbotomies being show as new ones, along with the re-run of the definition? When we go to vote for the new verbotomies, it's going to be confusing to vote for the new verbotomies instead of the old verbotomies.

logarithm - 2008-12-09: 04:24:00
A re-run, huh? I think it's ok to mix the old and new verbotomies together, and let people vote for their favourites. New verbotomies are great, but some of the old ones might still be the better ones. p/s Silveryaspen: I am back! ;-)

wayoffcenter - 2008-12-09: 05:31:00
But old games have already been decided and have major point advantages over any new entries. It stops regular contributors from playing. They already have a word entered for this contest.

logarithm - 2008-12-09: 07:02:00
It's a contest?

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2008-12-09: 07:05:00
Hey Silvery et al, Oops! Double replay. I have now updated today's definition. See it here: Isn't it a bit early to be wearing Christmas decorations? Be creative, James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2008-12-09: 07:17:00
Yes, logarithm, it's a game. We have daily and weekly winners. The winning word of the day gets printed in the "b", Baltimore's free daily newspaper. See: b the paper. ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2010-03-25: 00:11:00
Today's definition was suggested by remistram. Thank you remistram. ~ James