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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: Nosila

Pronunciation: mis fort tyoon hun ter

Sentence: Lucky Lucy was not only a fortune hunter, she was also a misfortunehunter. Her specialty was finding old guys who wanted sweet young things. She always made sure they were rich, sickly, put her in the will and were without relatives. Once she got her hooks into them, it was only a matter of time before they keeled and she collected. Her black widow career paid well until the last old guy outlived her...

Etymology: Misfortune (unnecessary and unforeseen trouble resulting from an unfortunate event;an unfortunate state resulting from unfavorable outcomes) & Fortune Hunter (a person who seeks wealth through marriage)

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Created by: DrWebsterIII

Pronunciation: neg - pek

Sentence: Everytime I try to suggest something positive, Elaine always tries to negpeck it down.

Etymology: New Eng. (UWS)


cute, drw. - Nosila, 2009-04-21: 22:26:00

I know an Negpeck Elaine just like this! :)lol! - abrakadeborah, 2009-04-22: 06:27:00


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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: artr

Pronunciation: pes-uh-muhng-ger

Sentence: Elliot is such a pessimonger that if you were to give him a winning lottery ticket, he would complain that too much paper is wasted producing the tickets.

Etymology: pessimist (person who expects bad outcome) + monger (dealer in goods)

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Created by: mrskellyscl

Pronunciation: eu-for-rap-tor

Sentence: Janet walked out into the beautiful spring air, taking in the delicate scent of cherry blossoms and feeling the warm sunshine. She stood there smiling, forgetting her winter depression and feeling hopeful for the first time in months. Suddenly Andrew, the euphoraptor, began to shout, "Where's my damn allergy pills?" "Where's my socks?" "Where's my damn chain saw?" "I've decided to cut that cherry tree down so I can put my bacci court there." Janet looked at the picked carcass of her happy mood and sighed, "Your pills are in the cabinet, your socks are in the drawer, and I sold your chain saw last week at the yard sale for 15 bucks."

Etymology: Euphoria: state of well-being and happiness + Raptor: one who seizes by force, rape; a bird of prey


Your verbotomy euphoraptor, and your sentence, especially the words 'leaves behind the picked carcass of her happy mood' is SUPERB descriptive and metaphorical writing! - silveryaspen, 2009-04-21: 09:38:00


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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: petaj

Pronunciation: pez-i-miss-a-pro-pree-ater

Sentence: Never content with her own minor troubles, Marlene thrived by pessimisappropriating everyone else's catastrophes. She retold their stories as her own so frequently that even the victims started to believe it had happened to Marlene instead of themselves.

Etymology: pessimist (someone who focuses on the negatives) + misappropriate (to wrongly take over something)


Like the aspect and approach you presented and the neat alliteration in your word. Both are another of today's Great Creates! - silveryaspen, 2009-04-21: 09:52:00

pessimisappropos! - Nosila, 2009-04-21: 22:25:00

Props! to your Pessimisappropriator! Very good word! :) - abrakadeborah, 2009-04-22: 05:52:00


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Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: de pres sim ist

Sentence: Woody was a pileated woodpecker and a depressimist. Nothing could please him. He even hated his species' made him sound like he always had piles. He wood birch about his troubles all day, but the other birds soon learned to twitter him for his negative talk. One brave, elder Robin finally had enough and told him, "Woody, spruce yourself up and quit pining, yew son of a beech. We know that your bark is worse than your bite. All this depressimism will alder you permanently fir sure, unless you learn to spruce up your outlook. Be happy yew are free and can fly. If yew don't like it here, yew can pack your trunk and fly away. Yew wood be less bore-ing and a lot more poplar, if yew quit making such an ash of yourself...oakay?!"

Etymology: Depress (lower someone's spirits; make downhearted;lessen the activity or force of) & Pessimist (a person who expects the worst)


karenanne Perfect word - it should have an entry in Webster's! - karenanne, 2010-11-03: 22:34:00

karenanne I voted for yours, but it turned out I hadn't been logged in. Well, you have the points, at least! - karenanne, 2010-11-04: 18:00:00


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Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: schad en frawd stur

Sentence: She was a total schadenfraudster. the onlt time she use the word "good", was to precede "grief"

Etymology: schadenfreude, fraudster

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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~