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'Why are you vacuuming the Christmas tree?'

DEFINITION: n., 1. A pine needle infestation, common during and after the holiday season. 2. Prickly Christmas guests who will not leave and cannot be cleaned up. v., To fall down during a holiday party and hide under a rug.

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Tannenbums

Created by: mweinmann

Pronunciation: tan - in - bumz

Sentence: After Christmas, Penelope and Marc noticed many tannenbums remained in their home... First there were all the needles that would not come out of the carpet and then there were several friends that did not want to leave.

Etymology: tannenbaum (christmas tree), bums (moochers: ask for and get free; be a parasites)

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COMMENTS:

I cannot believe this....I just looked at last week's words and saw that this one was used for another definition. I swear to god, I had not seen it until now (5:00 p.m.)!!! I did not play at all last week. - mweinmann, 2009-12-21: 18:05:00

artr Forgiven! :-) - artr, 2009-12-22: 06:34:00

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Pestyneedlers

Created by: gemmgemms

Pronunciation: pest-ee-nee-da-lers

Sentence: She noticed a few pestyneedlers over by the booze and headed off to prevent a prickly situation.

Etymology: pesty:annoying or well pestersome + needle:prickles

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Suckatreeotomy

Created by: jmichon1

Pronunciation:

Sentence: Doctor, do you think this Douglas Fir really needs a suckatreeotomy?

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Pernoydles

metrohumanx

Created by: metrohumanx

Pronunciation: PURR-noy-dulls

Sentence: Barbara O'Reilly and Keith attempted to remove the PERNOYDLES which spread thru the house like invasive Zebra Mussels, crowding out the native dustballs. Each holiday season, the PERNOYDLES from down the street always stayed until the last dregs of mead were consumed, and the last tasteless limerick recited. During the evening, one guest got a severe attack of the PERNOYDLES and couldn't be located for hours. Last year, we had to drag them out of the sewers and send a few home by taxicab. PERNOYDLES - a must to avoid.

Etymology: PERsistent+anNOY+neeDLES=PERNOYDLES....PERSISTENT:existing for a long or longer than usual holiday time or continuously,retained beyond the usual jolly period,degraded only slowly by the environment;Latin persistent-, persistens, present participle of persistere.....ANNOY:to disturb or irritate especially by repeated pseudo-festive acts or remarks,Middle English anoien, from Anglo-French anuier, ennoier, from Late Latin inodiare to make loathsome, from Latin in + odium hatred .....NEEDLES: a needle-shaped leaf,a slender pointed object resembling a needle,to harass or mock cruelly, to intentionally irritate ;Middle English nedle, from Old English nǣdl; akin to Old High German nādala needle, nājan to sew, Latin nēre to spin, Greek nēn.

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COMMENTS:

Linguistically detailed and PERcise. A PERleasure to PERuse! - dochanne, 2008-12-18: 01:35:00

OH HO! Nice etymology. Pernod (liquor) and needles was what first came to mind. - silveryaspen, 2008-12-18: 02:48:00

metrohumanx Thank you. An absinthesis from the wee hours of the morning. :) - metrohumanx, 2008-12-18: 17:32:00

metrohumanx If you want to REALLY laugh, check out the toys at goblertoys.com: - metrohumanx, 2008-12-18: 17:59:00

metrohumanx http://goblertoys.com/ - metrohumanx, 2008-12-18: 18:00:00

Crowding out the native dustballs, how pernicious! PERfect! - Nosila, 2008-12-18: 20:38:00

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Carpettunnelsyndrome

Created by: purpleartichokes

Pronunciation: car-pet-ton-nul-sin-drum

Sentence: Every December, my living room rug gets carpettunnelsyndrome from the tree needles. The rug rasps eventually get vacuumed up or compost by June.

Etymology: carpal tunnel syndrome, carpet, tunnel

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Superb! - Mustang, 2007-12-17: 06:09:00

ouch - Jabberwocky, 2007-12-17: 13:37:00

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Pinecushion

Created by: porsche

Pronunciation: pine/kushun

Sentence: I felt like a Christmas pinecushion as I fumbled trying to plug in the lights.

Etymology: pincushion + pine

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Love it! - purpleartichokes, 2007-12-17: 18:04:00

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Pinefestation

Created by: TTwoo

Pronunciation: pah-ain-fes-tay-shun

Sentence: Where's the vaccuum? We got a serious pinefestation in the living room.

Etymology: Pine (as in pine tree) and infestation (as in to be overrun with something in large quantities, usually with harmful effects.)

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Pinestilence

Created by: Stevenson0

Pronunciation: pine/stil/ence

Sentence: The pinestilence invades our home every Christmas season and takes months to rid the house of this dreaded needle.

Etymology: pine + pestilence

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Sugarplummat

petaj

Created by: petaj

Pronunciation: shoog-a-plum-at

Sentence: Natalie vowed that this year there would be no sugarplummating at the office Christmas party. Despite the litres of eggnog she had consumed last year, the memory of the rum ball crumbs squashed into the carpet over her head, the sneering laugh of her colleagues and the realisation that she could not get any lower was still crystal clear in her mind.

Etymology: sugar plum fairy (Christmas visitor) + plummet (fall down) + mat (rug)

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excellent - Jabberwocky, 2008-12-18: 14:47:00

metrohumanx Hilarious word, Petaj! - metrohumanx, 2008-12-18: 17:33:00

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Infestivus

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: infestivus (just like it looks)

Sentence: Debbie and Art were planning a December wedding. To keep it from becoming completely infestivus, Debbie's mother suggested having it a week before Christmas so that out-of-town relatives might stay through Christmas and no longer. She was quite wrong. It turned into Infestivus Maximus with hordes of relatives hanging around until the New Year. Like pine needles stuck in the carpet, she could not get rid of them.

Etymology: infest (of insects or animals) be present (in a place or site) in large numbers, typically so as to cause damage or disease) + festive (cheerful and jovially celebratory) Derivative of Festivus Maximus (Baltimore Raven term for the Super Bowl)

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Pine needles are easier to deal with than relatives. They don't get insulted when you yell at them. - wayoffcenter, 2008-12-18: 10:07:00

clever - Seinfeld reference maybe? - Jabberwocky, 2008-12-18: 14:46:00

I like the name...i think you got festivus part from Ravens 2000 Super Bowl Run and added in...you got my vote! - timlumber1, 2008-12-19: 21:50:00

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Comments:

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-12-17: 01:45:00
Today's definition was suggested by remistram Thank you remistram ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2009-12-21: 00:14:00
Today's definition was suggested by remistram. Thank you remistram. ~ James

dimatehtunov - 2018-12-21: 21:54:00
good ivning .