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'Wow, that kid sure can eat...'

DEFINITION: n., A "talent" for which an individual takes a great deal of personal pride, even though it is just a common, mundane skill that almost everyone can do. v., To take pride in a special talent which in fact is not special at all.

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Savaint

Created by: MsPettyAdams

Pronunciation: sav-aynt

Sentence: "Jeff can peel an orange in one whole strip! He's a genius!" "Yes, darling, lucky you, your husband is an absolute savain't."

Etymology: French term savant, meaning "learned person" combined with African American vernacular term ain't, meaning "is not"

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Mundanecook

Created by: Nuwanda

Pronunciation: mun-dane-cook

Sentence: Sally was a mundanecook, taking great pride and demanding accolades for her "gourmet" meals which often featured pigs in a blanket, Kraft Mac & Cheese, and Jello Instant Pudding. A hapless victim of the self-esteem approach to raising children, Sally believed every move she made was worthy of excessive praise, and had quit a string of jobs because her promptness was not appropriately rewarded. Bolstered by her culinary skills, Sally turned her attention to stand-up comedy, where she became the mundanecook of open mic night and was known around town for her 20-minute monologue of knock-knock jokes. (And yes, it really was a monologue...after the first one, no audience member would even say "who's there")

Etymology: Mundane combined with Dane Cook, who some people find hilarious but I think is just an average guy who has somehow propelled himself into celebrity.

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metrohumanx Hahahaha....My porcine friends insist taht "pigs in a blanket" are a cut above the other fare.Great story. - metrohumanx, 2008-11-19: 20:22:00

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Supermundity

Created by: nickers823

Pronunciation: Su'-per-mun"-dit-e

Sentence: His intense speed of sock folding had quick become a supermundity in the eyes of his neighbors.

Etymology: from super, meaning great and mundane meaning ordinary, lit. of the world

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Savanteur

Created by: loxhobabl

Pronunciation: sa-van-chur

Sentence: The fellow is a savanteur gift-wrapper.

Etymology: savant + amateur

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Insignifinesse

Created by: Tigger

Pronunciation: /in-sig-ni'-fi-ness/

Sentence: Shouts of "Watch this, Mom! Watch what I can do!" could be heard repeated for hours on end at the community swimming pool, as little Jerome practiced swimming underwater, although all he was really doing was putting his head under the water for a few seconds and wiggling convulsively. His mother, of course, saw this insignifinesse as the makings of a future Olypian.

Etymology: insignificance - lacking importance or consequence (from Latin, in- "non" significāre "signal") + finesse - skill in handling a difficult task; an artful maneuver (from Old French, fin "subtle, delicate")

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Great word! - Mustang, 2008-01-25: 16:58:00

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Nilskill

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: nil skil

Sentence: Little Johnny's doting parents were so proud of his talents. His overeating was a particular nilskill that they had fed and nourished over the years. Being chubby and hungry themselves, they encouraged him to overeat at every opportunity. They did not realize that he had developed his nilskill so well that left alone for over an hour without food, he might even gnaw off his own foot!

Etymology: Nil (nothing, zero) & Skill (ability acquired by training, talent, aptitude)

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Quotalendian

thegoatisbad

Created by: thegoatisbad

Pronunciation: quo-'ta-lend-en

Sentence: Kimberly had such a flair for parallel parking, she sometimes considered putting in on her resume, even though nobody else was as impressed as she. "A lot of people struggle with it" she bragged, "but I've always been able to park with just one try. Just one of those everyday skills." Zinnia, unimpressed with Kimberly's quotalendian, asked "Just one of what everyday skills?" Annoyed, Kimberly responded "Just one of those everyday skills that I have and you don't" while marching back to her desk full of cheese. Amused, Zinnia muttered "Oh, I didn't realize parallel parking was a social skill."

Etymology: Quotidian (every day) + Talent (special skill)

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Nackworst

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: nak worst

Sentence: Little Eddie's Mother, Edna, always doted on him. She saw everything he did as a special talent, even though most other people could do it much better. The doctor told her to control what Eddie ate, since he was growing more wider than taller every year. But how could she, when the child had an absolute gift for cleaning up his plate (and other peoples') to make any mother or cook feel proud? Little Eddie's Nackworst was pigging out and as she always said, "Losing was for losers!"

Etymology: Nack (anyone else has a Knack,a special way of doing something, but Eddie was special!) & Worst (not the best at something; the weakest effort or poorest achievement one is capable of) & rhymes with Knackwurst (short thick highly seasoned sausage)

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Shabbility

Created by: rikboyee

Pronunciation: shab-ill-er-tee

Sentence: there is a whole website dedicated to people with the shabbility to make up cool words to funny definitions.

Etymology: shabby, ability

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low blow riki - but welcome back - you're at the top of my list for this shability - Jabberwocky, 2008-01-25: 10:08:00

My insanity only proves to me that I not mad! Welcome back. Good word. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-01-25: 15:42:00

Your shabbility has been missed at Verbotomy! Welcome back!! Not too shabby of a word either!!! - Stevenson0, 2008-01-25: 17:03:00

Great sentence! - silveryaspen, 2008-01-25: 21:54:00

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Vaptitude

Created by: ErWenn

Pronunciation: /ˈvæptəˌtud/ /VAPP-tuh-Tood/

Sentence: Occasionally someone comes along who can do something something ordinary with extraordinary elegance and effectiveness, but most of the time, it's just vaptitude.

Etymology: From vapid + aptitude

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COMMENTS:

sad but true - Jabberwocky, 2008-01-25: 15:23:00

Good word! - OZZIEBOB, 2008-01-25: 15:32:00

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Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2008-01-25: 00:01:00
Today's definition was suggested by zebrahdh. Thank you zebrahdh. ~ James

zebrahdh - 2008-01-25: 05:24:00
When I suggested this one, I just knew it was a winner! :)

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2010-04-15: 00:01:00
Today's definition was suggested by zebrahdh. Thank you zebrahdh. ~ James