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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Vermista

Created by: readerwriter

Pronunciation: verh-mihs-ta

Sentence: After it was exposed that Vermista was not the latest version of the world's largest computer operating system, its creators restructured and began growing the herb, Wormwood, and producing a remedy for intestinal worms they called Vermouthsta. When that failed they decided to produce a red dye and began breeding and then drying the bodies of the wood louse. They called it Vermilionista. After that failure, they thought about opening an Italian restaurant specializing in what they would call Vermicellista. But, alas, in the end they would not repent and on the Judgement Day they were sent to the place where "their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched."

Etymology: From VERMIS, the Latin for worm.

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metrohumanx I'm just mad about saffron.... - metrohumanx, 2009-04-01: 14:52:00

hahaha...this was great!! - mweinmann, 2009-04-01: 17:02:00

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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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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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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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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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Illogicalrambugifications

Created by: abrakadeborah

Pronunciation: Ill-log-ik-cal-ram-bug-if-fi-k-shuns

Sentence: Calvinator from The Geek Squad had to make a house call for Kay's new Bestest Buyist computer. It appeared she had been surfing "illogicalrambugifications" sites that caused her new computer to get infected with a incurable virus.

Etymology: Illogical;Contradicting or disregarding the principles of logic. Ram;Random access memory. Bug;A pest. If;Used to introduce an exclamatory clause, indicating a wish. ications;(slang) Taken in part from "indications;"Something indicated as necessary or expedient.

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metrohumanx NICE word fusion. I LIKE it! - metrohumanx, 2009-04-01: 16:13:00

I agree. I like the fusion. - kateinkorea, 2009-04-02: 09:12:00

Hugs! Thank you both :) There's SO much creative talent on this site! - abrakadeborah, 2009-04-03: 04:03:00

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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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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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Undefinamorphic

Created by: michelleohmy

Pronunciation: un-dee-fine-uh-morph-ic

Sentence: In order to be elected, politicians should take an undefinamorphic stance on important issues in order to pander to different voter groups and to make it impossible for the general public to determine what their actual campaign platform is even.

Etymology: Tarskis undefinability theorem- the concept of truth in that arithmetic is not definable using the expressive means that that arithmetic affords; implies a major limitation on the scope of self-representation + Polymorphic Virus: viruses that encrypt or encode themselves in a different way (using different algorithms and encryption keys) every time they infect a system.

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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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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