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Created by: Rutilus

Pronunciation: rec-wag-nishun

Sentence: Phoebe loved Max. He was the human equivalent of a pet dog. He was loyal, forgiving and subservient. She could get him to do anything as long as she rewarded him, giving him treats and a little recwagnition for his trouble.

Etymology: recognition - noticing someone/something; wag - movement of dog's tail (associated with contentment)

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Created by: Stevenson0

Pronunciation: hoh/mes/ti/kate

Sentence: In most relationships, the woman has to homesticate the male so he can function in modern society.

Etymology: homo sapiens (the modern species of humans) + domesticate (to tame an animal to live with humans); therefore, homesticate (to tame a human to live with humans)


...but we can still 'devolve' during football games, can't we? Excellent word! - Tigger, 2008-05-19: 02:51:00


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Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: bahrk koh ding

Sentence: she was going to train this guy allright. If barkcoding didn't work the rolled up newspaper sure would

Etymology: bark barcoding

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Created by: Verbotomy

Pronunciation: Sham-moo

Sentence: Shamu the proper noun has become the all-purpose verb in our house. It's shorthand for using the principles of animal training to solve a behavioral riddle. We shamu friends, family, and neighbors. We shamu each other. "Did you just shamu me?" we will ask the other.

Etymology: Shamu is the stage name for the star Orcas (killer whales) at SeaWorld, that inspired the title of Amy Sutherland's book, "What Shamu Taught Me".


Verbotomy The sentence is direct quote from Amy's book where she explains how she has adopted the word. ~ James - Verbotomy, 2008-05-19: 00:15:00

When this happens to me, I feel so Shamused. - Tigger, 2008-05-19: 02:54:00

Very shamutable! - OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-19: 06:38:00

Verbotomy Yes, if we apply shamu to creativity we get a shamutation. ~ James - Verbotomy, 2008-05-19: 15:46:00

I think it's time for as a serious stuff, what about the science, theory or study of shamu: "Shamulogy" - OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-20: 22:26:00

Oops! I think it's time for the serious stuff, what about the science, theory or study of shamu: "Shamulogy" - OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-20: 22:29:00


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Created by: phoenix89

Pronunciation: hue - man- ee- trainer

Sentence: The one thing motivational speakers and animal trainers have in common is that they each teach their own audience how to become better.Some people can train their pets but need training themselves.Thats when you introduce the Humanitrainer. A session or few will have that human in shape in no time.

Etymology: human ( the one reading this paper) trainer ( someone who guides or educates another in a specific area)

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Created by: TJayzz

Pronunciation: Man-ayp-yu-layt

Sentence: Pam was hoping that when Bob saw the documentary on how the apes adapted the various things in their surroundings to use as tools, that it may spur him on to getting on with all the little jobs that needed doing around the house

Etymology: Man(Human being) +ape (a large tailess primate) +(manipulate (to cleverly control or influence) =manapulate

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Created by: mrskellyscl

Pronunciation: re-in-force-man

Sentence: Lia found that Max responded well to positive reinforceman one day by accident when she came home and found the dishes were done. She fussed on him, grilled his favorite steak and bought him a six-pack. Max immediately got up after the meal and did the dishes. Later that night while watching Victoria Stilwell train a Rottweiler on "It's Me or the Dog" she had a revelation. Perhaps she could teach Max to put the toilet seat down if she used a really good reward. She decided to learn some training techniques from Victoria and immediately went to the mall to get a little treat for him from Victoria's Secret.

Etymology: reinforcement + man: in Operant Conditioning reinforcement occurs when an event following a response will increase the likelihood of that response happening again. Animals trained with reinforcement techniques are trained by using treats and praise instead of negative reinforcement. Victoria Stilwell is a dog trainer on Animal Planet who uses reinforcement on ill-mannered dogs.


Clever word and story.... - mweinmann, 2009-06-30: 08:03:00


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Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: foke whis per er

Sentence: Abby decided to use her skills as a Horse Whisperer on her human family to see if the methods brought the same great results they had with her equine clients. With a large carrot, she approached her son Marvin cautiously, when he was again tying up her phone for hours. She bent close to his open ear, stroked his adolescent face gently and whispered the calming words which had the desired affect:"Get off that darn phone now or I will jam this carrot into your other ear!" At once he hung up and ran for his room. Yes, using Folkwhisperer methods worked every time... it wasn't tough love, but pavlove!

Etymology: folk (people in general)& the horse whisperer (a person who tames and trains horses by gentle methods and speech)


'Pavloved' your story! Too funny! My conditioned response was to LOL... - Tigger, 2008-05-19: 02:49:00

you might not believe it but I didn't read youir sentence before I posted. - stache, 2008-05-19: 13:13:00

I believe you, stache...not the first time great minds have thought alike... - Nosila, 2008-05-19: 16:54:00


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Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: pav love boat

Sentence: When the USS LoveDogs pulled into San Diego Bay, many people came to welcome it. Not many knew that it was actually a PavLoveboat, whose human cargo were people who loved their dogs. Behaviorists used the on-ship experience to train the passengers and their pets to work better together. Poodles could paddle, Chihuahuas could Wow,Terriors could terrorize;Pinschers could pinch;a Beagle was now legal;A Dingo could play Bingo;a Jack Russell could Hustle;A Maltese could Tease;a Pekingnese could peak;and a Shepherd could be heard all over the Poop Deck.

Etymology: pavlov (Russian physiologist who observed conditioned salivary responses in dogs (1849-1936) & Love Boat (is an American television series set on a cruise ship, which aired on the ABC Television Network from 1977 until 1986.)


Makes me drool just reading about it. - Mustang, 2009-06-30: 18:41:00


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Created by: stache

Pronunciation: pāv'lŭv'

Sentence: Janelle would pavlove Bart every night when he came home without the smell of cigarettes and beer about him; eventually, Bart stopped going to Moe's for drinks after work.

Etymology: Pavlov, Ivan, Russian physiologist who is best known for discovering the conditioned response; love, to have or express affection for another; also, sexual passion or desire.


nice! - galwaywegian, 2008-05-19: 14:06:00

Excellent word. Makes me salivate. lol - Mustang, 2008-05-19: 14:36:00


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Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2008-05-19: 00:01:00
Today's definition is inspired by Amy Sutherland's new book "What Shamu Taught me About Life, Love and Marriage". where she reminds us that "People are animals too!", and that "Any interaction is training". Now Amy has invented her own word for this and it's "Shamu", so I have added it today's list of verboticisms! Thanks Amy! ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2009-06-29: 00:01:00
Today's definition is inspired by Amy Sutherland's book "What Shamu Taught me About Life, Love and Marriage", where she reminds us that "People are animals too!", and that "Any interaction is training". Of course, Amy has invented her own word for this -- "Shamu". Let's see what we come up with now... Thanks Amy! ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2010-07-19: 00:41:00
Today's definition was suggested by amysutherland. Thank you amysutherland. ~ James

'Now be a good boy, and pick up your socks'

DEFINITION: v. To use animal training techniques to improve and direct the behavior of other people. n. A technique which uses the principles of animal training to solve a human behavioral riddle.

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