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DEFINITION: v. To make a mistake where the benefits exceed the costs of the screw-up. n. An excellent mistake, which despite its stupidity, produces a positive outcome.

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Snafluke

mrskellyscl

Created by: mrskellyscl

Pronunciation: sna-fluke

Sentence: What started out as a screw-up turned into a snafluke for Terrell because if he hadn't been searching for the Dave Matthews tickets he misplaced, he wouldn't have found the winning lottery ticket in his coat pocket.

Etymology: snafu: an acronym used by soldiers during WWII "situation normal all **up (fouled up in polite company) to refer to a situation caused by confusion or an embarassing mistake + fluke: an accidental stroke of good luck

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Excellent! - Mustang, 2009-06-12: 22:47:00

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Clutzvert

didsbury

Created by: didsbury

Pronunciation:

Sentence: When I dinged my boss's car in the lot I thought I was fired for sure but the whole situation was totally clutzverted. It turns out she wanted an excuse to claim insurance for some damage done in a not-so-secret DUI incident last month.

Etymology: Derived from the German 'klootzverteignung'. First written usage in 1538 in the description of a mid-summer festival where the death of 250 Bavarian villagers created a flourishing tourist trade at the site of the event.

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Great word. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-04: 06:49:00

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Blunderluck

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: bləndərlək

Sentence: Robert didn’t realize his mother in-law was standing in the doorway when he confessed to his brother that he hated her green bean casserole. Rob’s blunderluck was that she hated it too but continued to foist it on the family thinking they enjoyed it. She was greatly relieved to be able to try something new.

Etymology: blunder (a stupid or careless mistake) + luck (success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than through one's own actions)

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Okaylamity

Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: oh kay lammm itt eee

Sentence: Kate had a talent for the okaylamity. her better screw ups had ruined her love life, but got her a job as a stunt woman in the porn industry.

Etymology: okay calamity

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Okaylamity Jane! - Nosila, 2010-07-09: 00:34:00

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Catasterrific

Created by: Rutilus

Pronunciation: cat-as-ter-if-ik

Sentence: Geoff was happily contemplating the reason he'd got here.Refusing to accept his line manager's bullying and getting fired had given him time to study and re-train. Here was a man better qualified, better off and much happier. Oh how he chuckled at an event he had seen as a disaster had in fact been completely catasterrific for him.

Etymology: Catastrophic - dramatic negative effect; Terrific - extremely good, wonerful

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Zooperblooper

Created by: TJayzz

Pronunciation: Zoo-purr-blu-pur

Sentence: Jane was distracted by her kids whilst buying her lottery ticket and made a mistake by writing down the wrong numbers, fortunately it turned out to be a zooperblooper as, due to her mistake she won the jackpot!

Etymology: Zooper(super,great) Blooper(a big mistake) = zooperblooper

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Zoinks, that was a lucky mistake. - Tigger, 2008-05-02: 22:01:00

What are the chances... - Nosila, 2008-05-03: 22:22:00

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Acerr

Created by: Stevenson0

Pronunciation: ace/err

Sentence: A scientist at the 3-M company, in an attempt to make a super glue, acerred when he came up with a weak glue and used it to invent post-it notes. The scientist and 3-M went on to make millions of dollars from his acerror.

Etymology: VERB - to acerr - (from to ace + to err) _____ NOUN - acerror - from ace (excellent, first rate) + error

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Yahoobooboo

Created by: bookowl

Pronunciation: ya/who/bu/bu

Sentence: A yahoobooboo occurs when you're in a hurry and you accidentally push the close button in the elevator just as a large group of people approaches.

Etymology: yahoo + boo boo

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That's funny and I like to say the word! - arrrteest, 2008-05-02: 15:48:00

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Serendumbity

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: serr - uhn - DUM - uh - tee

Sentence: Felicity had a glorious gift for serendumbity; many things that might turn into disasters became successes in spite of her ineptitude in actually planning her life.

Etymology: blend of serendipity and dumb

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COMMENTS:

nice word - Jabberwocky, 2008-05-02: 14:07:00

Great choice in name, too! - pieceof314, 2008-05-02: 14:28:00

Good name for the next sequel to 'Legally Blonde'. - Tigger, 2008-05-02: 22:02:00

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Erronebonus

Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: air/owe/nee/bow/nus

Sentence: To erroneously mark down the wrong civic holiday on the company calender was a mistake. To get an extra day off was an erronebonus.

Etymology: erroneous + bonus

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nice blending. only 2 extra letters added to a 'real' word. - stache, 2008-05-02: 08:54:00

Good one! - Mustang, 2008-05-02: 18:46:00

Excellent! - Tigger, 2008-05-02: 22:18:00

Ditto, ditto. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-04: 06:50:00

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Comments:

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2008-05-02: 00:01:00
Today's definition is inspired by Johnny Bunko's Career Lesson # 5: "Make excellent mistakes". See: "The Adventures of Johnny Bunko" by Dan Pink. Thanks Dan! ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2009-06-12: 00:01:00
Today's definition is inspired by Johnny Bunko's Career Lesson # 5: "Make excellent mistakes". See: "The Adventures of Johnny Bunko" by Dan Pink. Thanks Dan! ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2010-07-06: 00:01:00
Today's definition was suggested by johnnybunko. Thank you johnnybunko. ~ James

Israfaceneeme - 2018-07-06: 12:41:00
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