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'My boyfriend disappeared in the laundry!'

DEFINITION: n., 1. The process by which pairs of socks are washed, dried, and then separated perhaps never to be reunited again. 2. The place where lost socks disappear to. v. To lose your mate in the wash.

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Top verboticism of the day created by wayoffcenter

Pronunciation: ärgīlimbō

Sentence: When Nancy couldn't find one of her favorite purple socks she knew it had done the argylimbo, dancing its way under the washer or dryer. She refused to subscribe to her boyfriend's theory that single socks are capable of transcending into a different dimension and held in argylimbo only to return if you throw its mate away.

Etymology: argyle (a pattern composed of diamonds of various colors on a plain background, used in knitted garments such as sweaters and socks) limbo (the supposed abode of the souls of unbaptized infants) (a West Indian dance in which the dancer bends backward to pass under a horizontal bar that is progressively lowered to a position just above the ground)

Created by: wayoffcenter.


Wow. Etherial religio-laundy surfactants can't diminish the other-dimensional logic behind ARGYLIMBO! I wonder where Madame Blavatsky did her wash? - metrohumanx, 2008-11-06: 12:04:00

love the story - zxvasdf, 2008-11-06: 12:13:00

More Top Verboticisms:

(Invented words created by the Verbotomy Writers)

Sockawry: /Sock awry/ What nefarious business is this? cried Priscilla, clutching a single sock in her manicured fingers. That is the fifth sockawry this week! Etymology: Sock (foot covering) & awry (gone missing) Similar to GONE AWRY Created by: zxvasdf.


Sockawry....didn't he escape from the gulag with one sock? - metrohumanx, 2008-11-06: 12:09:00

Far far awry? - Mustang, 2008-11-06: 22:18:00

I like it - OZZIEBOB, 2008-11-06: 22:58:00

Hosetage: /hose-taj/ We have reports of several hosetage situations taking place in a new subdivision where LG washers have been installed. We now believe LG stands for last gasp and several socks have lost their mates to the dreaded spin cycle gang. Etymology: hose + hostage Created by: Jabberwocky.


Did the Bader-Meinhoff gang use dryers for their balaclavas, of just hang 'em on the line? - metrohumanx, 2008-11-06: 12:11:00

It's time to round them up and wring the truth out of will all come out in the wash! - Nosila, 2008-11-06: 21:56:00

Styxcycle: /STICKS-uh-cull (alternatively: stick-SIGH-cull)/ Flo and Eddie drove down to the local Sudz-O-Mat with some trepidation. Flo didn't trust Eddie's laundry skills, and Eddie knew he'd suffer a tumble-dried fate worse than death if he lost just ONE of Flo's imported Mohair/Alpaca blend custom knitted reinforced-toe foot garments. After gently front-loading the best machine with Eco-friendly low-phosphate clinical-action detergent, Flo lovingly inserted her beloved socks and set the washer to "ultra-gentle". Flo positioned SweatyEddie on a folding chair right in front of the porthole and went next door to the pizzeria. Sure as shootin, when they opened the evil machine's greedy maw, Flo's coddled sockettes were riding solo, unpaired and unloved, traumatized victims of the mysterious STYXCYCLE which spelled the end of another modern relationship. Flo had insured her collection to the hilt, but although her temperment was set to NORMAL, she took Eddie down to the river and beat him on a rock in an effort to make him "come clean"... Etymology: STYX+CYCLE=STYXCYCLE.....STYX:the principal river of the underworld in Greek mythology in which the Gods did their laundry;Latin Styg-, Styx, from Greek.......CYCLE:an interval of time during which a sequence of events or phenomena is completed < wash cycle,spin cycle> a course or series of events or operations that recur regularly and usually lead back to the starting point. Created by: metrohumanx.

Comments: - metrohumanx, 2008-11-06: 11:33:00

hopefully they went to heaven where choirs of angels sing hose/anna in the highest - Jabberwocky, 2008-11-06: 12:11:00

Today's challenge has spawned a cornucopia of creativity that's going to make voting VERY difficult. What a crew! - metrohumanx, 2008-11-06: 12:14:00 - metrohumanx, 2008-11-06: 12:20:00

Don't know when I've had so many laughs reading the stories behind the words!!! Didn't know there was actually laundry being done in the underworld!! - mweinmann, 2008-11-06: 13:22:00

NOBODY escapes washday :) - metrohumanx, 2008-11-06: 15:45:00

Terrific imput as usual. Perhaps the wayward siocks are trying to escape eternal darnation. Nice combo by use of 'Styx" - OZZIEBOB, 2008-11-06: 17:41:00

Styx and's great therapy to hear everyone discuss their sox lives... - Nosila, 2008-11-06: 22:05:00

Good one!! - Mustang, 2008-11-06: 22:18:00


To see more verboticisms for this definition go to: My boyfriend disappeared in the laundry!



Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2008-01-09: 00:01:00
Today's definition was suggested by sipsoccer. Thank you sipsoccer. ~ James

silveryaspen - 2008-01-11: 14:48:00
Your humorous definition brought us all a lot of laughs and a lot of fun words were created. Good one, sipsoccer.

silveryaspen - 2008-01-11: 14:54:00
James ... your cartoon for this daffynition has me roaring with laughter every time I look at it. Can't help wondering if you have a daughter with a boyfriend that inspired it ??? !!! It's a good thing there's no such thing as a cannibal dryer! Yet!

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2010-04-06: 00:01:00
Today's definition was suggested by sipsoccer. Thank you sipsoccer. ~ James

GossaMcqueen - 2013-01-16: 19:14:00
please, i made a mistake and posted wrongly - how do i remove my Word?

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