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DEFINITION: n. Strange sounds that keep you awake in the middle of the night. v. To lie in bed unable to sleep because you keep hearing weird sounds.

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Bumpfright

Created by: abrakadeborah

Pronunciation: bump-frite

Sentence: Somania was frozen with fear and unable to sleep with the constant bumpfright all through the night.

Etymology: Bump- A knocking sound in the middle of the night. Fright- To be afraid...very afraid and can't move. ;)

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Creakese

Created by: arrrteest

Pronunciation: creek - eez

Sentence: The house was speaking its creepy creakease with all its settling and contracting in the night. Wide-eyed and drowsily alert maggie lie in bed imagining ghosts and gobblins milling about.

Etymology: creak, sound of a rusty gate or noisy floorboards + ese, of a language

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Cacoffiny

Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: ka kofff in eeeeee

Sentence: The cacoffiny continued with the creaking hinge noise followed by the floorboard creaking noise and the strangest musty smell........

Etymology: cacophony coffin

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COMMENTS:

ok...I'm now sppoked! - Nosila, 2010-07-14: 00:00:00

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Dissomnance

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Created by: petaj

Pronunciation: diss-som-nance

Sentence: Valda thought her inability to sleep was just a temporary case of dissomnance during the windy weather, but in fact she had been turned into a vampire. She would never sleep at night ever again.

Etymology: dis- (against/opposite) + somn- (sleep) + sonance (sound) + dissonance (unpleasant sound)

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COMMENTS:

perfect for the cartoon - Jabberwocky, 2008-05-12: 13:54:00

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Nighterroar

Created by: bookowl

Pronunciation: night/terror

Sentence: Nighterroar occurs when ordinary household noises take on an eerie roar during the night.

Etymology: night terror + roar

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Cacoffiny

Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: kak off inn eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Sentence: That creaking cacoffiny coming from the attic, allied to the movement of the curtains on the hermetically sealed window led the countess to feel the need to account for the death of her husband. Unaccountably her countenance grew troubled.

Etymology: cacophony, coffin.

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COMMENTS:

Eerily good! - Tigger, 2008-05-13: 01:24:00

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Insomnoises

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: in som noy zes

Sentence: Morphea Wakemore had moved into her first new house recently. She loved the location, the layout and features of the new place. It was an older home, with a colorful past, but it gave her the character she wanted. Everything was perfect except for the insomnoises. She might drop off at her regular bedtime, but every night at 2:45 am the sounds started. Creepy, strange and eerie noises that kept her awake for the rest of the night. When she checked with her realtor, she was assured this was a common complaint in her new home town of Amityville.

Etymology: Insomnia (an inability to sleep; chronic sleeplessness)& Noises (sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)

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Nocturnemissions

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: nok-term-eh-NAY-shuns

Sentence: A worry wart and easily frightened, Wanda often lost lots of sleep due to the seemingly neverending unidentifiable nocturnemissions that resounded from the walls and from unknown sources from outside her bedroom window.

Etymology: Blend of nocturnal and emissions

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COMMENTS:

Great word! - splendiction, 2009-06-24: 19:19:00

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Creepualize

Created by: Stevenson0

Pronunciation: creep/oo/uh/eyes

Sentence: Lying awake in the middle of the night, sometimes my mind wanders and I creepualize myself into hysterics with any unusual sounds.

Etymology: creep oneself out + visualize

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Threeoclick

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: Thrēōklik

Sentence: When he inherited his uncle's house Tom didn't know he had also inherited a threeoclick. At precisely 3 o'clock every night, the house would emit a distinct clicking sound. It only lasts a few seconds but is quite enough to wake him. Despite his best his best efforts he cannot find its source. The next click you hear may be Tom's mind snapping.

Etymology: 3 o'clock (an un-goddly hour) + click (a short, sharp sound as of a switch being operated or of two hard objects coming quickly into contact)

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COMMENTS:

good one - Jabberwocky, 2009-06-24: 15:04:00

very clever - splendiction, 2009-06-24: 19:20:00

clever word....made me laugh...describes it exactly - mweinmann, 2009-06-24: 22:49:00

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