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Pestaside

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: pest a syde

Sentence: No matter what she tried, Flora could not rid her yard of crab grass. It grew in her lawn. her flower beds, under trees and in between cracks in the cement. She had tried every chemical she could find to eliminate it.But nothing worked.In her mind, the pesticides just became pestasides, because the weeds came back somewhere else. She decided to use reverse psychology. If she planted crab grass on purpose, maybe her lawn and flowers would become the pests and grow in it's place! No wonder they called it crab grass...it makes you a crab trying to eliminate it!

Etymology: Pest (crab grass:grasses with creeping stems that root freely; a pest (nuisance) in lawns)& Aside (in a different direction)

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Immortaweed

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: imôrtawēd

Sentence: Randy is a fanatic about his lawn. He is constantly on guard against any encroachment by anything other than his beloved bluegrass. He has been known to vacuum his grass to remove possible stray seeds that might have blown into his yard. That is what has him so upset about the the appearance of an a dandelion in the middle of his yard. He sprang into action, first trying to dig it out. It came back. He then tried herbicide. It thrived. This pest is proving to be an immortaweed even exhibiting herbal resurrection. Randy is weighing the use of dynamite.

Etymology: immortal (living forever; never dying or decaying) + weed (a wild plant growing where it is not wanted and in competition with cultivated plants)

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Permanettle

mrskellyscl

Created by: mrskellyscl

Pronunciation: per-ma-net-tle

Sentence: (no offense to Dr. Suess & Fox in Socks) This is the story of Annette L. Snettle who loved to garden, but hated nettle: Have you ever heard of a permanettle battle? Well, when Annette L. battles nettles where the nettles like to settle and they settle in a kettle where Annette L. planted petals; they call this Annette L. Snettle permanettle settle metal kettle petal battle.

Etymology: permanent: forever, eternal + nettle (n): a nasty weed with stinging hairs that cause a skin reation + nettle(v): to vex or irritate

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COMMENTS:

Love it! - readerwriter, 2009-04-20: 09:31:00

Exceptional! - silveryaspen, 2009-04-20: 10:01:00

We are nettle lone! - Nosila, 2009-04-20: 22:17:00

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Deeterminate

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: dee ter min ayt

Sentence: When Stella realized that the dandelions were not so dandy and the crabgrass was very crabby,she decided to act. Because these weeds allowed pesky bugs to dwell, she decided to deeterminate their existance. Sure for the first few weeks,it was a Garden of Eden, but then all the weeds and bugs returned, like bad boomerangs.

Etymology: DEET (anagram for diethyl(meta)toluamidef, a bug/weed killer) & Terminate (to kill, end) and WordPlay on Determine (shape or influence)

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Damndelion

Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: dam dee lie un

Sentence: There it was again that damndelion, purring amid her prize blooms

Etymology: dandelion, damn

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Zombelion

Created by: Biscotti

Pronunciation: zawm-buh-ly-on

Sentence: After going so far as to dig a small crater in his front yard to get rid of that hideous weed, Adam decided this was war. He rented a bazooka and blasted the sucker half way to China. But nevertheless, he woke up next morning to an entire yard of walking dead zombelions. Not even the exterminator could rid him of this curse...

Etymology: Zombie (living dead, never dies) + Dandelion (a common weed which never seems to go away either)

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COMMENTS:

metrohumanx Reminds me of "Day of The Triffids"- an old sci-fi movie about ambulatoty killer plants. - metrohumanx, 2009-04-20: 00:56:00

petaj oh, very good. voodzu is another of this type. (voo doo + kudzu) - petaj, 2009-04-20: 05:25:00

Great word for weedy monsters that keep coming back from the dead! - silveryaspen, 2009-04-20: 10:05:00

It's like Shaun of the Deadlylions! - Nosila, 2009-04-20: 22:27:00

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Damndelion

libertybelle

Created by: libertybelle

Pronunciation: dam-de-lye-on

Sentence: Trevor spent the better part of the day treating the golf course for various weeks. All was going well until he reached the green at the 15th hole. He tried everything in his arsenal to kill the bright yellow flowers only to come back to find them standing as tall as ever. Finally, he decided to put on his gloves and yank the weed out by its roots. The joke was on him though - the next morning he found that the damndelion had fought back and brought an army of yellow crusaders to invade the green. Trevor looked upon the field of yellow and exclaimed "Damndelions!!".

Etymology: Damn + dandelion

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COMMENTS:

beauty! - galwaywegian, 2009-04-20: 11:26:00

Damn Excellent! - silveryaspen, 2009-04-20: 17:40:00

metrohumanx YELLOW CRUSADERS! Great imagery. - metrohumanx, 2009-04-20: 20:16:00

If I said I din't like it, I'd be delion! - Nosila, 2009-04-20: 22:12:00

artr Wish I'd thought of it! Great word! - artr, 2009-04-21: 05:06:00

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Rhizomemania

Created by: abrakadeborah

Pronunciation: rhi-zome-ma-ni-a

Sentence: Harrietta and Henry would landscape and work all weekend long on their lawn... pulling,shoveling,whacking fiercely attacking weeds like a "rhizomemania" on a killing mission! Henry sprayed as she prayed gouging and digging with a razor edged spade. Thinking they had finally gotten rid of all of the weeds...Only to find out the next weekend all the weeds had come back! Harrietta had an attack of "rhizomemania" as she crawled in the grass jerking weeds from all over the yard! They had multiplied, Henry, she shouted! "stop what you are planting please and hurry real fast JUST LOOK the weeds are growing faster than we can pull them up they are taking over our yard!" So, Henry came running with the weed eater in tow, to appease poor ol' Harrietta. She was hysterical and just could not understand how these bothersome weeds grew so fast? Little did she know...Henry returned to his planting in the back yard planting variegated ivy,kudzu and bamboo which he thought was ideal for around the pool...

Etymology: Rhizome:A horizontal, usually underground stem that often sends out roots and shoots. Mania:An excessively intense enthusiasm, interest, or desire; a craze;madness

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COMMENTS:

metrohumanx I love the word "rhizome".Run with it, baby! - metrohumanx, 2009-04-20: 01:06:00

Unique etymology! - silveryaspen, 2009-04-20: 10:00:00

Thank you dears xoxo Deb :) - abrakadeborah, 2009-04-20: 18:03:00

I think you meant Wry-zomemania! I'm rooting for you! - Nosila, 2009-04-20: 22:10:00

Wry thank you Nosila! for rooting for my twisted rhizomemaniaical rhapsody :) - abrakadeborah, 2009-04-22: 05:34:00

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Defolihaternal

metrohumanx

Created by: metrohumanx

Pronunciation: dee-fole-ee-HATE-err-null

Sentence: His lawn was a crop, so smooth and compliant- but marred by a dandelion so defiant! He doused it with poison and dug up the roots- tried stomping it out with his hobnail boots. His hatred it grew- and became quite diurnal- It doomed him to try to DEFOLIATERNAL. In dreams it would flourish, in truth it’s quite sad- That one odd little weed made a sane man go mad.

Etymology: DEFOLIate+HATe+etERNAL=DEFOLIHATERNAL.....DEFOLIATE:to deprive of leaves especially prematurely; Late Latin defoliatus, past participle of defoliare, from Latin de- + folium leaf[1791].....HATE: intense hostility and aversion usually deriving from fear, anger, or sense of injury, extreme dislike or antipathy; Middle English, from Old English hete; akin to Old High German haz hate, Greek kēdos care.....ETERNAL: perpetual, having infinite duration, everlasting; Middle English, from Middle French, from Late Latin aeternalis, from Latin aeternus eternal, from aevum age, eternity.

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COMMENTS:

metrohumanx DIURNAL: recurring every day; Middle English, from Latin diurnalis. - metrohumanx, 2009-04-20: 00:51:00

A fun rhyme with verbotomy whose ending might be said to be an earn-all! (ernal). - silveryaspen, 2009-04-20: 09:59:00

LOL! You crack me up Metro!!! Great one! - abrakadeborah, 2009-04-20: 18:10:00

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Audreytwonacious

Created by: readerwriter

Pronunciation: Aw-dree-twoo-nay-shuhs

Sentence: Lil Seymour cried out for her husband's help. They were coming after her, those audreytwonacious dandylions, elephant ears, tigerlilies, zebra grass and spider plants!

Etymology: Using AUDREY II, the man-eating plant of "Little Shop of Horrors" fame + TENACIOUS, meaning holding firmly, stubbornly. Sometimes also spelled AudreyIInacious

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COMMENTS:

Great word! - splendiction, 2009-04-20: 21:25:00

It's cute and Oddry,too! - Nosila, 2009-04-20: 22:20:00

I love your etymology and word very nice:) - abrakadeborah, 2009-04-22: 06:24:00

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Comments:

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2009-04-20: 00:01:01
Today's definition was suggested by silveryaspen. Thank you silveryaspen. ~ James

abrakadeborah - 2009-04-20: 00:24:00
Silvery is BRILLIANT :)~ Love the cartoon also :)

splendiction - 2009-04-20: 21:35:00
Yes I wish I had more than two votes to cast today!

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2009-04-20: 00:00:23
Thank you abrakadeborah and Silvery! ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2010-11-02: 00:06:00
Today's definition was suggested by silveryaspen. Thank you silveryaspen. ~ James

'Henry! Get out here quick!'

DEFINITION: v. To try to kill a weed that just won't die. n. A weed that just keeps on coming back, no matter what you do to it.

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