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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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Slumberrupt

Created by: Rutilus

Pronunciation: Slum-ber-rup-t

Sentence: The annoying drip drip drip of that loose tap had left Kelly slumberrupted for days. Was it really that difficult to find a decent plumber in this town?!

Etymology: Slumber - sleep; interrupt - to stop/delay

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COMMENTS:

Excellent! - Mustang, 2008-05-12: 23:09:00

Yep, good word! - OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-13: 07:24:00

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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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Durping

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

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COMMENTS:

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

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Nocturnacoustics

Created by: splendiction

Pronunciation: knock turn a COOS tics

Sentence: “CREEEeee-k”. Bethany stirred, unable to sleep with the nocturnacoustics scattering in her small room of the rooming house. The house was over 100 years old! Of course it would generate it’s own nighttime clamour, what with it’s original plumbing, wood flooring and coal furnace. She’d have to get earplugs.

Etymology: From nocturnal and acoustics.

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COMMENTS:

great word!! - mweinmann, 2009-06-24: 22:48:00

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Dinsomnia

Created by: Tigger

Pronunciation: /din-SOM-nee-uh/

Sentence: Lying in bed and staring toward the ceiling, Michelle sighed again, kept awake by the dinsomnia that had plagued her every night this week. There were the 'creekity-creeks' that Jack had explained were just the roof beams contracting in the cooler evenings, the 'tick, tick, tick, hiss' of the hot water pipes, the faint 'thump, thump, thump' of the refrigerator in the kitchen, and the 'drip, drip' of the leaky bathroom faucet. But what on earth was that 'clankety, clank' noise that sounded like it was coming from the attic? It didn't fit in with the familiar nighttime rhythm, and Michelle winced every time she heard it.

Etymology: Din - sound with clamor or persistent repetition (from Old English, dyne "loud noise") + Insomnia - an inability to sleep; chronic sleeplessness (Latin, insomnia "want of sleep" from in- "not" + somnus "sleep")

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COMMENTS:

Great minds think alike...? Or is it fools seldom differ???? - Nosila, 2008-05-12: 02:13:00

So the saying goes, but to our mutual credit, I'd like to think that I'm a unique sort of fool. You decide. - Tigger, 2008-05-12: 02:37:00

had to give you a vote each in the interests of fairness. - galwaywegian, 2008-05-12: 12:00:00

Too kind, galwaywegian, thanks! - Nosila, 2008-05-12: 19:26:00

Clever blend! - OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-13: 07:26:00

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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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Earitation

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: i(ə)ritāshən

Sentence: Nobody can explain why George\'s old house makes such strange noises. Sometimes it sounds like a cat caught in a trap, sometimes like somebody whispering. Whatever it is the earitation is enough to keep him awake all too many nights.

Etymology: ear (an organ sensitive to sound) + irritation (the state of feeling annoyed, impatient, or angry)

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eary word! - Nosila, 2010-07-14: 00:02:00

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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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Knockturnalnozees

Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: nok/tur/nal/no/zees

Sentence: Once again I stumbled out of bed, blurry eyed and sleepless after all the racket from the knockturnalnozees.

Etymology: nocturnal + noise + knock + no zzzs

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Clever blend. Great verboticism - Mustang, 2008-05-12: 23:08:00

Covers the whole gamut. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-13: 07:20:00

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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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