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'I can't breathe with this tie on!'

DEFINITION: n. A fashion accessory or style of dress which purports to improve one's appearance and attitude, but actually does the opposite. v. To follow a fashion dictum in an effort to improve your social standing even when it causes physical discomfort.

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Plaidfad

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: plad fad

Sentence: After the moviE, "Braveheart" came out, Mary's Scottish boss wore only kilts and tartans and encouraged those who wished to seek his favour to do the same. This plaidfad was a problem to Mary and others, who found it hard to find enough plaid gear to wear to work. One poor soul finally flipped out and was fired for refusing to dress the part. He returned the next day in tartans, wild hair and blue paint on his face yelling "Frrrreedom!" In one of life's ironies, Mr. Burns, the manager was let go himself the next week, when one of his female staffers complained to head office that she did not like the tilt of his kilt when he came near her!

Etymology: Plaid (Tartan;crisscross design on a fabric) & Fad (craze, trend;current interest followed with exaggerated zeal)

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Crosstumed

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: kross toomd

Sentence: Ned & Nancy lived together and worked in the same office. Ned worked for Ida and Nancy worked for Bruce. Every month there were new contests and events designed to increase employee morale and engage the workers. Today was "Dress Like The Boss" Day, so Nancy had crosstumed herself in a suit and tie and Ned had gotten himself crosstumed in a diaphanous bridesmaid dress, the colour of bubblegum, complete with accessories. Off they went to work, only to be greeted by their snickering, jeering co-workers wearing bandannas, torn jeans, sleeveless shirts, carrying guitars and microphones. Yes, it was actually "Dress like The Boss Day" alright...Bruce Springstein, that is!

Etymology: Cross (as in cross-dressing, where someone of one gender wears the clothing typically associated with the other gender) & Costumed (dressed in clothing characteristic of a period, country, or class)

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COMMENTS:

Do you suppose someone was being a little costumacious? - Mustang, 2009-05-27: 07:48:00

hyperborean I really enjoyed your story! Perfect for the cartoon! - hyperborean, 2009-05-28: 21:06:00

EXCELLENT WORD, but it didn't need the book, it's called a "sentence" - DrWebster111, 2009-05-31: 12:12:00

Ah, DrW...sentences really only matter in prison!!! - Nosila, 2009-06-01: 00:41:00

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Fashunation

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: fash un ay shun

Sentence: Yes, Eddie & Martha were a poor couple whose sense of style was a source of fashunation for all who knew them. Eddie always wore a Nehru jacket, bell bottoms, a shark tooth necklace, a beret and Cuban heel boots long before the Swinging Sixties and sadly, long after! Martha wore white go-go boots, tie-dye tee-shirt,a knitted cloche hat, plastic jewellery and a poodle skirt, and that was just to work, this week. Heaven knows they both tried, but apparently the Vogue magazines they read were way out of date, being second-hand. At any rate, they certainly were unique in their clothing choices, largely due to their impercunious financial status. Their friends sent in tons of nominations for them to appear on "What Not To Wear", to no use. Then one day, the lottery gods availed themselves and Eddie & Martha became staggeringly wealthy, squillionaires in fact! They no longer had to fit themselves out at the consigment stores. Instead, they could now afford to array themselves in the best designer goods around. It became their habit to spend a fortune and wear the very latest haute couture. Dior, Givenchy, Lagerfeld, Christian De La Croix, Hermes, Herrara, Oscar De La Renta, Galiano, Chanel, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Prada and Worth, but to name a few, became their new best friends. They appeared in trendy magazines as connoisseurs of everything "au courant". In the latest issue of Vogue, Eddie wore: a Nehru jacket, bell bottoms, a shark tooth necklace, a beret and Cuban heel boots and Martha was adorned in: white go-go boots, a tie-dye tee-shirt, a knitted cloche hat, plastic jewellery and a poodle skirt. Now, Victoria (Posh) Beckham and Vera Wang were racing to copy their new, innovative styles, to sell to Mr & Mrs North America...what utter fashunation with Eddie & Martha's classic panache!

Etymology: fashion ( the latest and most admired style in clothes and cosmetics and behavior) & shun (avoid and stay away from deliberately; stay clear of expel from a community or group) & fascination (the capacity to attract intense interest or a feeling of great liking for something wonderful and unusual) & nation (organized body of people)

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Fashism

Created by: milorush

Pronunciation: (n.) fāsh'ĭz'əm, (adj.) fāsh'ĭst

Sentence: Rudolf walked away from a lucrative career in public relations because of his aversion to the dress code fashism of suit-and-tie thuggery.

Etymology: fash[ion] + [fasc]ism

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Garbagenda

Created by: rebelvin

Pronunciation: garb+agenda

Sentence: Why do you wear that garbagenda instead of something comfortable?

Etymology: garb+agenda

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Hurtcouture

Created by: OZZIEBOB

Pronunciation: hurt-koo-TOOr

Sentence: Chicophant and hurtcouture, were but two words to describe Bob and Roxie's strange and often grotesque grooming.

Etymology: Blend of HURT: to feel or suffer bodily or mental pain or distress & COUTURE: very fashionable, having the style, quality of fashion. CHICOPHANT:(SHEEK-uh-fuh-nt) from (chic & cophant of sycophant): fashionable, self-seeking, servile flatterer.

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Love it Oz! - purpleartichokes, 2008-04-08: 19:04:00

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Gagrag

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: gagrag

Sentence: Though he hated the choking feeling they induced and the ridiculous expense Tom knew that to get ahead as a manager he had to conform and wear a gagrag. His only solace is that someday when he owned his own company he would outlaw the stranglestrap.

Etymology: gag (choke or retch) + rag (a piece of old cloth)

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Chicgrin

Created by: Stevenson0

Pronunciation: sheek/grin

Sentence: It was with mixed emotions and an attitude of chicgrin that she wore the latest all wool full body designer suit to the red carpet movie premiere.

Etymology: chic (fashionable) + grin and bear it + chagrin (annoyance, discomfiture)

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COMMENTS:

Good word. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-04-08: 21:39:00

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Loopsy

Created by: dennisrussis

Pronunciation: lup-si

Sentence: Being a real loopsy her dress gronded other bobbysockers at the party.

Etymology: loop + fancy

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Hautecutyours

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: oat cut yers

Sentence: Vinny was all for dressing to kill in his teddy and heels, but his hautecutyours were so tight he got an atomic wedgie and strap tracts in his shoulders.

Etymology: Haute Coutures (trend-setting fashions) & Cut yours (slice)

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Comments:

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2008-04-08: 00:01:00
Today's definition was suggested by purpleartichokes. Thank you purpleartichokes. ~ James

stache - 2008-04-08: 18:32:00
clam hammock. heh, heh.

purpleartichokes - 2008-04-08: 19:07:00
Ha!

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2009-05-27: 00:00:00
Today's definition was suggested by purpleartichokes. Thank you purpleartichokes. ~ James

DrWebster111 - 2009-05-31: 12:10:00
EXCELLENT WORD ANOTHER WINNER SOUNDS GREAT SENTENCE TOO, AS USUAL, (AND BRIEF NOT AN ANTHOLOGY LIKE OTHER VERBOTOMISTS

PennonFurl - 2018-06-14: 05:05:00