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'I think you have worms...'

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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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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COMMENTS:

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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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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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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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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Wormonger

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: woor monger

Sentence: Sally had inadvertantly loaded up the new wormonger virus by entering a contest online. So much for their viral security promises. Every time she tried to capture and elimiate it, it changed yet again. By the time the wormonger was done, Sally wondered how she could wriggle out of this one...

Etymology: Worm (a person who has a nasty or unethical character undeserving of respect; a software program capable of reproducing itself that can spread from one computer to the next over a network) & Monger (someone who purchases and maintains an inventory of goods to be sold) & WORDPLAY on Warmonger (a person who advocates war or warlike policies)

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Mubugtate

Created by: remistram

Pronunciation: mew-bug-tait

Sentence: People who mubugtate at parties always end up alone and locked in the bathroom either vomiting or counting the bathroom tiles. Computers who mubugtate at parties always end up being crashed through the window or locked in the bathroom vomiting.

Etymology: mutate + bug (as in virus, and to annoy)

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Metamorviruse

Created by: silveryaspen

Pronunciation: met ah more veer ruse

Sentence: Of course, today being April 1, it is the day for the conficker virus to mutate and do its thing. No matter what we discover today, it will go down in history. Will it do so as one of the greatest April Fool's Day Johoax (jokes/ hoax) of this new century? Or for being the worst computer terminal illness ever caused by a metamorviruse?

Etymology: METAMORPHOSIS - to undergo marked or complete change. VIRUS - a corrupting, damaging computer program. RUSE - a clever plot or dirty trick that will deceive and take advange of others.

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COMMENTS:

Song of the day: Glow Worm !!! Glow little glow worm, glimmer, glimmer! Glow little glow worm shimmer, shimmer! Glow little glow worm, go go go ... and shall we have a beserking computer soon? My apologies for changing the last two lines! - silveryaspen, 2009-04-01: 01:01:00

great word Silvery - Jabberwocky, 2009-04-01: 14:37:00

the ruse is the thing....good word! - mweinmann, 2009-04-01: 17:02:00

Excellent! - splendiction, 2009-04-01: 21:44:00

Great word, silvery...it's a metaforgone conclusion that some tomfoolery happened today! - Nosila, 2009-04-01: 22:22:00

Great word....best of the day. - Mustang, 2009-04-02: 00:52:00

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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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Aggramorfickleogre

metrohumanx

Created by: metrohumanx

Pronunciation: AGG-ruh-MORE-fickle-OH-grrr!

Sentence: Anne loved her lappytop more than her kin.. She turned them away, but let viruses in. Clicking became just a cruel misdirection- Lappy acquired a logic infection… Slowing it down until barely alive- Mocking and shocking her internal drive… What was the name of this horrible joker? It was an AGGRAMORFICKLEOGRE !!!

Etymology: AGGRAvate+MORph+FICKLE+OGRE= AGGRAMORFICKLEOGRE.....AGGRAVATE:intensify unpleasantly, to make worse, more serious, or more severe, burden; Latin aggravatus, past participle of aggravare to make heavier, from ad- + gravare to burden, from gravis heavy.....MORPH: To change from one form to another, a local population of a species that consists of interbreeding organisms; back-formation from morpheme.....FICKLE: given to erratic changeableness, marked by lack of constancy or stability; Middle English fikel deceitful, inconstant, from Old English ficol deceitful; akin to Old English befician to deceive, and probably to Old English fāh hostile.....OGRE: a dreaded person or object, a hideous giant of fairy tales and folklore that feeds on human beings and computers, a monster; French, probably ultimately from Latin Orcus, god of the underworld.

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COMMENTS:

metrohumanx Free virus scan available at: Trendmicro.com Highly recommended an very thorough. MetrohumanX :) - metrohumanx, 2009-04-01: 14:20:00

Metro~ Thank you! and great word as usual! *I use Trend Micro Internet Security Pro.(home protection for up to 3 PCs):) - abrakadeborah, 2009-04-01: 15:41:00

metrohumanx Thanks. Yes, Trendmicro NEVER failed me. I used it a lot at the library to clean up the machines.... - metrohumanx, 2009-04-01: 16:02:00

I have a family member on here today that joined and made up a word...see if you can guess which word ;) - abrakadeborah, 2009-04-01: 16:20:00

The 'ladybug' in that create told me! That's what happens when you are bugged! (wink/big grin) - silveryaspen, 2009-04-01: 21:45:00

Love the way in iambic pentameter, how you make up a poem about a computer! - Nosila, 2009-04-01: 22:28:00

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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