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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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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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COMMENTS:

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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Chameleonline

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: kam mee lee on lyne

Sentence: As if trying to learn and keep up with modern computer technology is not hard enough for older people, every now and then some punk, somewhere in the world, throws out a morphing virus or bug. These types change constantly and therefore are called chameleonline viruses. Maybe we will eventually have the technology to track these viral vandals down and make them pay for the inconvenience and damage done to other people's PC's. In our lifetime...

Etymology: Chameleon (lizard of Africa and Madagascar able to change skin color; a changeable or inconstant person) & Online (controlled by or connected to a computer(of an activity or service) available on or performed using the Internet or other computer network)

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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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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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Fickon

Created by: kateinkorea

Pronunciation: FICK ON

Sentence: I heard a group of guys in the computer lab talking about making viruses. They were arguing over what they would call it, and they all had these clever names lined up one after another. I think these intellectual bullies should grow up and quit trying to complicate other people’s lives. So I stood up and told them that they should call their disasterpiece FICKON…named after the fickle, con artists that started it. To my chagrin I found out later that they liked the name because viruses changed often and they felt like they were pulling off a con.

Etymology: FICKLE: changing often and suddenly CONFICKER VIRUS: CON : a trick; an act of cheating

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Oh my! And if you don't like it you can just Fickoff???? - readerwriter, 2009-04-01: 10:11:00

Oh my is right! - kateinkorea, 2009-04-01: 10:47:00

Love the word and story, kate, and it isn't even a ficktional one! - Nosila, 2009-04-01: 22:25:00

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Bacillusvacillus

mrskellyscl

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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Frozentagalong

Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: frozen/tag/a/long

Sentence: When Sally got her first computer it developed a virus that seemed to follow her wherever she went, corrupting any electronic functions. No matter how many times she changed her password it still caught her unawares. She referred to it as her frozentagalong.

Etymology: frozen tag ( a children's game where you can freeze a player by touching them) + tag along

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metrohumanx Mabye Sally should've used Babelfish to translate her password into TAGALONG! - metrohumanx, 2009-04-01: 14:53:00

"it still caught her unawares"< LOL!!! :) - abrakadeborah, 2009-04-01: 16:42:00

great word for those frozen screens that force you to tagalong ... until close the window and start over. - silveryaspen, 2009-04-01: 21:34:00

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Hackmasker

Created by: mweinmann

Pronunciation: hak + mask + ur

Sentence: When I brought up today's word in Verbotomy, I encountered a virulous hackmasker. I saw that I had to enter my credit card number to continue playing my beloved Verbotomy and if I did not, my hard drive would be immediately erased. What was this world coming to? But after performing scans for malware and trying to find the process that was driving this pesky "pop-up", I finally realized that it was just a mask for a real hack....

Etymology: Hack (fix a computer program piecemeal until it works) Hacker (In common usage, hacker is generic term for a computer criminal, often with a specific specialty in computer intrusion), Masker (One who wears a mask; one who appears in disguise) Also play on "taskmaster" (one who keeps others on task to complete a mission or project)except in this case, it is a masked hacker....without a pal named Tonto.

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excellent - Jabberwocky, 2009-04-01: 14:38:00

Sentence, etymology, word - all three are outstanding! - silveryaspen, 2009-04-01: 21:40:00

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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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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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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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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