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

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

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Selfproclame

Created by: gemmgemms

Pronunciation: self-pro-klaim

Sentence: He thought that by constantly selfproclaming himself he would become cool but, it really did not help.

Etymology: selfproclaim+lame

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Tittot

Created by: logarithm

Pronunciation: tit-tot

Sentence: The judges had a good laugh at Willy's tittot attempt to impersonate Ricky Martin.

Etymology: tit - a foolish or ineffectual person. tot - a toddler - the pride of every parents no matter what.

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metrohumanx That was an inspired word. - metrohumanx, 2008-11-19: 20:23:00

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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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Mungift

Created by: tumblebehr

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Nilskill

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: nil skil

Sentence: Johnny's parents were so proud of his nilskill...gorging himself on anything in sight. He'd honed his talents after years of training and practice.

Etymology: nil (nothing) & skill (talent or ability)

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Short, sharp and spot on. Excellent creation! - bananabender, 2008-01-25: 01:14:00

Cheers, bananabender...I'm glad it a-peel-ed to you! - Nosila, 2008-01-25: 19:23:00

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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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Hypernormalize

Penelopeme

Created by: Penelopeme

Pronunciation: hy per normal ize

Sentence: Eating became the hypernormalized habit, to which, no one but Johnny, appreciated.

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Exaggervaunt

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: egz - ADJ - er - vont

Sentence: Delbert never passed up an opportunety to exaggervaunt his minimal skills and talents.

Etymology: Exaggerate + vaunt (boast)

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Blovomatic

Created by: HerOralHighness

Pronunciation: bloh-voh-matic

Sentence: Rowland was blovomatic about his spud-munching abilities, to say the least.

Etymology: bloviate (To discourse at length in a pompous or boastful manner) and Automatic ( Acting or done without volition or conscious control; involuntary)

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Comments:

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