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DEFINITION: n. A self-deprecating computer virus which is constantly changing its identity due to problems with its logic and/or self-confidence. v. To randomly change your tune, just so you can bug other people.

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Eebola

Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: eeeeeeee boh lah. wouldnt let me put in a hyphen as in e-bola, so added an extra e instead

Sentence: The new strain of eebola is so deadly that it can reduce a laptop to fajita status in less than five minutes

Etymology: ebola as in eeek e as in electronic.

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is the extra e supposed to make it look like a different virus? - Jabberwocky, 2009-04-01: 14:39:00

excellent word for a lethal computer terminal virus - silveryaspen, 2009-04-01: 21:23:00

Good word....taco very much - Mustang, 2009-04-02: 00:53:00

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Metamorphasses

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: metəmôrfasəz

Sentence: When Judy went to college there was a group she referred to as the metamorphasses. This consisted of a bunch who was willing to jump into any new cause or trend. They would be environmentalists one day, guns-rights activists another. They could stage a food fight this week and collect goods for the food bank the next. Whatever rally or social gathering that was going on, they were there especially if it meant missing classes or if there was food to be had.

Etymology: metamorphosis (a change of the form or nature of a thing or person into a completely different one) + asses (stupid, irritating, or contemptible people)

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Did my verbotomy inspire you to create this one? Imitation is the highest form of flattery. You flatter a lot of people quite often. - silveryaspen, 2009-04-01: 11:11:00

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Zigfrag

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: zigfræg

Sentence: Jim's computer is infected with a virus. He never knows how it will show up as it zigfrags its way through the operating system. He'll type a command, watch the spinner and see what happens this time. Yesterday it erased most of his family photos. Today it emailed a porn link to everybody in his address book. Can't wait to see what tomorrow brings.

Etymology: zigzag (with frequent sharp turns from side to side) + frag (fragment)

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Chameleonparkerbowles

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: kam eel leon par ker bolz

Sentence: Our computer at work has been hit by a new virus or worm. There was no warning beforehand...it just popped up Wednesday. It seems to change direction constantly...one minute all your e-mails disappear, next minute you get them back, plus ones that really belong in the director's computer. Oh well, it was not our fault the virus unloaded some very entertaining reading for us. Apparently the same rules forbidding personal use of the computer do not apply to the boss. Who knew he'd had a passionate, also married, girlfriend on the side for over 30 years? With graphic pictures? We've dubbed the virus a chameleonparkerbowles. It's going to be a royal pain for him when Mrs. Director finds out. Maybe this would be a good time to leverage this new knowledge vis-a-vis a raise to silence the troops? His mother is also going to crown him when she finds out. Without our raise, she too may get a mysterious e-mail, with pictures. And someday her Prints may come...

Etymology: Chameleon (a changeable or inconstant person; a lizard that can change to the colour of its surroundings) & Camilla Parker-Bowles (famous "other woman" who carried on a torrid affair with Prince Charles for over 30 years, even while he had married another. Since Diana, his ex expired, he has married his true love...why the heck didn't he do it in the first place??)

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COMMENTS:

We crown thee queen of the pun! Thanks for the royal laughter! Mega-nificent! - silveryaspen, 2009-04-01: 01:11:00

yes, why didn't he - truth to your word - splendiction, 2009-04-01: 21:46:00

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Morphection

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: môrfekshən

Sentence: Allen’s life became a nightmare when his computer was beset by a morphection. This nasty little gremlin would alter its function every day. On Monday the chime that announced new e-mail was replaced by the theme from Green Acres. On Tuesday anything he tried to put in the trash was rejected by Oscar the Grouch. Wednesday brought with it a multitude of NSFW images to his desktop background. Thursday’s treat was a pop-up advertising Viagra that wouldn’t be deleted because it floated around the screen just ahead of the cursor. Friday was the scariest of all. When he opened his backpack to retrieve his laptop, Allen’s ThinkPad had replaced itself with a Commodore C64. AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!

Etymology: morph (to change from one form to another) + infection (the presence of a virus in, or its introduction into, a computer system)

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Variabuggle

petaj

Created by: petaj

Pronunciation: vairy-a-bug-l

Sentence: I wish you would make up your mind. I am so tired of your variabuggling.

Etymology: variable + bug

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Bacillusvacillus

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Created by: mrskellyscl

Pronunciation: ba-sil-us-va-sil-us

Sentence: The whole world was braced in anticipation of the dreaded basillusvacillus infection that was burrowing itself in random computers looking for their eharmony and twitter passwords and other sensitive information.

Etymology: Bacillus (virus) Vacillate (change, vary) Us (us)

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always enjoy a rhyme - makes it easier to remember and brings smiles much of the time - silveryaspen, 2009-04-01: 21:20:00

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Chromotose

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: KROME-eh-tose

Sentence: Luckily for Miranda the virus that had infected her unprotected computer was basically chromotose, it's underlying logic distorted and it was basically a dormant program that devolved rather than evolving.

Etymology: Blend of 'chromosome' (One of the minute bodies into which the chromatin of the nucleus is resolved during mitotic cell division) and 'comatose' (in a state of deep and usually prolonged unconsciousness; unable to respond to external stimuli)

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Thought you also were referring to "chrome", the new google browser!! - mweinmann, 2009-04-01: 16:59:00

Great word! - Nosila, 2009-04-01: 22:29:00

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Chromotose

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: KROME-eh-tose

Sentence: Luckily for Wanda, the virus that had infected her unprotected computer was basically chromotose, it's underlying logic distorted and it was basically a dormant program that devolved rather than evolving.

Etymology: Blend of 'chromosome' (One of the minute bodies into which the chromatin of the nucleus is resolved during mitotic cell division) and 'comatose' (in a state of deep and usually prolonged unconsciousness; unable to respond to external stimuli)

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Compupolymorphicmaladybug

Created by: btotheeck

Pronunciation: kom-pew-pol-lee-mor-fik-ma-lay-dee-bug

Sentence: Juan wanted to check on his fantasy basketball tourney standings when all of a sudden a compupolymaladybug appeared, went away, reappeared, and then changed his language settings to arabic and then back to english and then to greek and then offered coupons and then... well the list goes on and on, but in the end, he had given out his credit card info 5 times and signed up for free iPods and became completely sidetracked and missed the real basketball game.

Etymology: Compu- of or relating to computers, polymorphic- multiple changes, malady: an abnormal state, ladybug: an insect that is hard to determine whether or not it is in fact male or female (illustrates idea of confusion), bug: a type of computer glitch or fault that causes undesirable results.

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COMMENTS:

Awesome word Btotheeck! NOW we're talking :) - abrakadeborah, 2009-04-01: 16:03:00

Welcome! Like the ladybug at the end of your verbotomy. - silveryaspen, 2009-04-01: 21:16:00

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Comments:

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

silveryaspen - 2009-04-01: 11:21:00
Great definition for today, Abrakadeborah and James! Good April Fool's joke to put that pay window into your cartoon James. It fooled me ... and perhaps a few others, too. I laughed harder when i realized it was all part of today's funny fool's day cartoon!

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2009-04-01: 11:35:00
Thank you for sending in your credit card info! ~ James

abrakadeborah - 2009-04-01: 15:33:00
Thanks James :) Great cartoon! I LOVE it! I had forgotten about my definition until Metrohumanx pointed it out and I had already made a word today :)) I'm stoked! You all are supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! :)

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2009-04-03: 09:56:00
It's funny how ideas come and grow. The good ones keep gnawing at the back of your mind. ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2010-10-14: 00:16:00
Today's definition was suggested by abrakadeborah. Thank you abrakadeborah. ~ James