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Created by: rombus

Pronunciation: snor - ah - nar - ah

Sentence: Martin had to say snoranara to his sleep these days. Once the baby was born, Mayra was up several times a night and there were so many new sounds that kept him awake....

Etymology: sayonara (adieu, adios, goodbye), snore (breathe noisily during sleep)

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Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: nok-tern-em-eh-NAY-shuns

Sentence: The nocturnemanations that continuously emitted from the walls, the outdoors, the attic and unseen places kept Gladys on edge thru the night and made sleep impossible

Etymology: Blend of nocturnal (during the night) and emanations (. Something that issues from a source; an emission)

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Created by: mrskellyscl

Pronunciation: creeps-i-ta-tion

Sentence: Sue endured several long nights of creepsitation until she discovered that the dog had found a bag of corn chips and was eating them under the bed.

Etymology: creeps: a sensation of fear or repugnance as if your skin was crawling + crepitation: snapping or crackling noises

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Created by: Kallystie

Pronunciation: kwoy-ze

Sentence: I was laying in bed, unable to fall asleep, when all of a sudden I heard a noise. The noise was odd...something I had never heard before. I nudged my boyfriend and asked, "Did you hear that qoise?" He mumbled something unintellilgable, rolled over, and fell back asleep. I was left to ponder what that qoise was.

Etymology: Qoise is that combination of the word questionable and noise.

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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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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)


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


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Created by: ErWenn

Pronunciation: /ˈnaɪtˌbʌmps/

Sentence: We decided that the poltergeist haunting our house must be either blind or clumsy when the nightbumps started sounding more like night-bump-ow-crash-$#!+s.

Etymology: from "things that go bump in the night"

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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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Created by: illwordthat

Pronunciation: durp-ing

Sentence: "Honey I was durping last night...are you sure you wore your nose patch?"

Etymology: Slurping-sleeping-drippin-surfing


Nice!!! - illwordthat, 2008-05-12: 00:54:00


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Created by: TJayzz

Pronunciation: Sownd-a-wayk

Sentence: No wonder Mary was soundawake, it as all her own fault for hearing spooky noises in the middle of the night. She vowed never to watch horror films when she was alone ever again.

Etymology: Sound (Virbrations sensed by the ear) Awake (Not asleep, past-awoken) Opposite of sound asleep


I liked this one. The only problem - if you don't immdiately catch the underlying connection to 'sound-asleep' it seems like an overly-simple response to the definition, (i.e. it may seem, at first, like you picked 2 words from the definition and stuck them together). Gets my vote though, for the clever double-meaning wordplay. - Tigger, 2008-05-13: 01:21:00

How true! Reminds me of a fairly recent film, "Eyes Wide Shut". Excellent word! - OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-13: 07:19:00


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'What's that dripping sound?'

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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