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'I wish this tree was dead.'

DEFINITION: v. To ignore anything positive and focus your energy on problems, disasters, and whatever bad news you find. n. A person who searches for, and feeds on, other people's weaknesses, failures and mistakes.

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Created by: metrohumanx

Pronunciation: RAPt-suhl-LEE (RAPTSULLIER) [ rhymes with "musketeer"]

Sentence: Berserker psychos stomp on joy, With dark foreboding they deploy... Poisoned tricks and creeping doubt- If it be bad, they’ll drag it out! Besmirching that which some hold dear- Beware the toxic RAPTSULLIER!

Etymology: RAPT+SULLY= RAPTSULLIER.....RAPT: lifted up and carried away, transported with emotion; Middle English, from Latin raptus, past participle of rapere to seize.....SULLY: to make soiled or tarnished; Middle English *sullien, probably alteration (influenced by Anglo-French suillier, soiller to soil) of sulen to soil, from Old English sylian.....-IER: suffix denoting one who wields or participates in...


Great word for a lot of the rappers who spewings fit this definition. Super Terrific Verbotomy! - silveryaspen, 2009-04-21: 09:20:00

metrohumanx Aww- thanx, Lady! - metrohumanx, 2009-04-22: 01:21:00

I'm fully entertained! Love this part "If it be bad, they’ll drag it out!" :) - abrakadeborah, 2009-04-22: 05:48:00


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Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: sin nik

Sentence: Woody was a sinnic in the worst sense of the word. If your actions did not benefit him directly, he thought you had no business being on the planet!

Etymology: Sin (commit a faux pas or a fault or make a serious mistake) & Cynic (someone who is critical of the motives of others)

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: flôyər

Sentence: Tony entered the field of law with high hopes of making the world a better place. What he soon discovered was that he was really in a world of flaw enforcement. When somebody messes up he makes money. Once he got all of that Don Quixote nonsense out of system he became a real flawyer.

Etymology: flaw (imperfection) + lawyer (a person who practices or studies law)

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Created by: silveryaspen

Pronunciation: ghoul churs

Sentence: Named after the devil in him, Sin Nick earned his living, by feeding on, and exploiting other people's weaknesses, failures, and mistakes ... by writing about them in the media, so all the world could see and hear about them, as well ... and feed upon such misfortune, too. People like Sin Nicks, Gloomy Guses, Worry Warts, Pessy Mists, Wet Blankets, Sca Vengers, and old Buzz Ards, and all their fallowers are ghoultures.

Etymology: GHOULISH, VULTURES. GHOULISH - morbidly fascinated and obsessively interested in weakness, failure, disaster, death and anything repulsive. VULTURES - birds or people who prey upon, and feed upon, the weak, the failing, the misfortunate. Culture - groups of people with shared attitudes and beliefs, such as the ghoultures, the cynics (sin nicks) who feed upon the misfortunate. Fall-lowers for followers.

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Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: at tak on ist

Sentence: She just could not help herself. Dee Strucktiff was an attackonist. Nothing pleased her and she was not shy in expressing her negative viewpoint to anyone. The staff in shops and restaurants dreaded her patronage. She was not shy about expressing her dismay at the high prices, inferior quality of goods and poor, careless service. Things were always better in the old days. She was so beligerent, she even drove away her only daughter, Joy, into the arms of a man she thought unworthy of her, just to escape her ranting mother. Joy's husband, Howie Hertz, was a gentle, kindly man who took pity on poor Joy. Dee did not even realize there was no Joy in her life anymore until it was too late and the pair had eloped. Dee fed off bad news like a vulture on carrion. Her family motto was: "She who thinks the worst is never disappointed!"

Etymology: Attack (an offensive move in a sport or game ;strong criticism; attack someone physically or emotionally) & Antagonist (indicating opposition or resistance;incapable of harmonious association;arousing animosity or hostility;opposing or neutralizing or mitigating an effect by contrary action)


Attackonists are people we avoid like the plague. How well you portrayed them in your sentence and last line! - silveryaspen, 2009-04-21: 09:31:00

Nosila, Howie Hertz was powerless to help Joy from Dee Strucktiff's Attackonist attitude~ You are so very creative :) I ALWAYS enjoy reading your sentences!!!! Great job! - abrakadeborah, 2009-04-22: 05:43:00

Cheers, silvery & your contributions as well...may the creative force always be with you both! - Nosila, 2009-04-25: 22:07:00


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Created by: fabdiva

Pronunciation: neg-ah-fair-et

Sentence: It did not go unnoticed that Cindy spent an inordinate amount of time at the emergency desk. Only a negaferret would volunteer on their rostered day off.

Etymology: negative - not optimistic. Harmful. ferret - to look around in search of something

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Created by: Biscotti

Pronunciation: f-icks-h-ayt

Sentence: Joey was such a fixhate, always making those around him feel miserable. Even in public, he would be told "Have a nice day" and promptly responded, "Why should I?". He went so far as to paint his cubicle at work all black, just so his co-workers would feel gloomy too.

Etymology: Fixate (focus or obsess on something) + hate (anger or disdain for something)


Very Strong and Powerful Word! - silveryaspen, 2009-04-21: 09:40:00

Biscotti,what a great word! I'm visualizing that black :) - abrakadeborah, 2009-04-22: 05:55:00


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Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: ohp tim issst

Sentence: the moodpecker is one of the lesser spotted species of optimissed

Etymology: optimist, missed


clever - mweinmann, 2009-04-21: 09:33:00

Short, right to the point ... both the sentence and your word ... Outstanding! - silveryaspen, 2009-04-21: 09:49:00

Cute and clever. - Mustang, 2009-04-21: 17:22:00


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Created by: mweinmann

Pronunciation: in - doom - nef - i

Sentence: Gloomy Grant sought to indoomnify the world against happiness by spreading gloom, doom and negativity. It was almost guaranteed that a few hours in his presence would depress even the most cheerful among us.

Etymology: indemnify (to secure or compensate for), doom (pronounce a sentence on; make certain of the failure or destruction of)


nice - galwaywegian, 2009-04-21: 09:25:00

Meaning so readily apparent, easy to remember, and right on the definition. Another of today's Super Duper Creates! - silveryaspen, 2009-04-21: 09:43:00


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Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: loo-GOO-bree-ayt

Sentence: Even on the sunniest days and rosiest occasions Bertha could be counted upon to lugubriate, searching through all the days events and news for the downbeat and negative offerings.

Etymology: 'Lugubrious' (mournful, dismal, or gloomy, esp. in an affected, exaggerated, or unrelieved manner) with suffix '-ate' (As the ending of a verb, it means to make, to cause, to act, etc.; as, to propitiate (to make propitious); to animate (to give life to)


Saying lugubriate has harsh sounds just like these hard people! Easy to remember, spot on the definition ... another Exceptional Great Create! - silveryaspen, 2009-04-21: 09:47:00

like the GOO-d word play in your pronunciation, too! - silveryaspen, 2009-04-22: 22:16:00


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Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2009-04-21: 00:01:01
Today's definition was inspired by one of my favorite university professors who would respond to complainers with what he said was an old Japanese proverb -- "In among the cherry blossoms, the woodpecker hunts for a dead tree." ~ James

silveryaspen - 2009-04-21: 01:43:00
Like today's definition and cartoon, that Japanese proverb, provides plenty of food for thought .... naughty knotty thoughts ... until I want to thought naught about it any more!

silveryaspen - 2009-04-21: 09:56:00
This thought provoking definition and cartoon certainly inspired every one today! Kudos to the professor and James and all the verbotomists who played today. All are terrific sentences and verbotomies, today.

readerwriter - 2009-04-21: 10:33:00
Do I live in the wrong hemisphere or does my day begin too late???? Either that, or you all are up past midnight EST! Fun word today to play with. How you do it, James, I will never are an artiste!

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2009-04-21: 13:27:00
Thank you silvery and readerwriter. Fortunately, there not a lot of woodpeckers among us, but apparently there are a lot of night owls. ~ James

abrakadeborah - 2009-04-22: 06:03:00
This word and cartoon today was very descriptive! I LOVE the old Japanese proverb you added "In among the cherry blossoms, the woodpecker hunts for a dead tree." :) I have known a FEW toxic people like this in my life~