Verboticism: Fashum

'I can't breathe with this tie on!'

DEFINITION: n. A fashion accessory or style of dress which purports to improve one's appearance and attitude, but actually does the opposite. v. To follow a fashion dictum in an effort to improve your social standing even when it causes physical discomfort.

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Hautecoutorture

Created by: Tigger

Pronunciation: /oht-koo-tor-cher/

Sentence: Irene had spent half of her last paycheck on a pair of Manolo slingbacks, and she took satisfaction in knowing that she was wearing the most fashionable shoes of anyone at the party. Unfortunately, the new, stiff leather had raised and torn open blisters on her ankles and squished her toes, so that now she was barely able to walk. This miserable hautecoutorture she was experiencing must just be part of the price of high-fashion. On top of that, her dress pinched under her arms and dug painfully into her bladder whenever she sat down. Her dress was a Versouchie.

Etymology: Haute-couture - high fashion (French, haute "high" & couture "sewing") Torture - to afflict with severe pain (from Latin, torquere "to twist, turn, or wring")

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COMMENTS:

Love it! - purpleartichokes, 2008-04-08: 09:25:00

Great word. - Mustang, 2008-04-08: 16:57:00

She probably also wear Prodda and Calvin DeKlein! Good word, Tigger! - Nosila, 2008-04-08: 20:35:00

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Sadofashionistic

Created by: queenjane75

Pronunciation: say-dough-fah-shun-is-tick

Sentence: Sara prefers to wear thongs, which the men at work secretly refer to as clam hammocks, but the hammock comparison is far, far from the truth. Thongs are rather sadofashionistic, and, believe me, the un-hammock-like perma-wedgie is not worth that kind of attention from men.

Etymology: sadistic+fashion

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Fashunation

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: fash un ay shun

Sentence: Yes, Eddie & Martha were a poor couple whose sense of style was a source of fashunation for all who knew them. Eddie always wore a Nehru jacket, bell bottoms, a shark tooth necklace, a beret and Cuban heel boots long before the Swinging Sixties and sadly, long after! Martha wore white go-go boots, tie-dye tee-shirt,a knitted cloche hat, plastic jewellery and a poodle skirt, and that was just to work, this week. Heaven knows they both tried, but apparently the Vogue magazines they read were way out of date, being second-hand. At any rate, they certainly were unique in their clothing choices, largely due to their impercunious financial status. Their friends sent in tons of nominations for them to appear on "What Not To Wear", to no use. Then one day, the lottery gods availed themselves and Eddie & Martha became staggeringly wealthy, squillionaires in fact! They no longer had to fit themselves out at the consigment stores. Instead, they could now afford to array themselves in the best designer goods around. It became their habit to spend a fortune and wear the very latest haute couture. Dior, Givenchy, Lagerfeld, Christian De La Croix, Hermes, Herrara, Oscar De La Renta, Galiano, Chanel, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Prada and Worth, but to name a few, became their new best friends. They appeared in trendy magazines as connoisseurs of everything "au courant". In the latest issue of Vogue, Eddie wore: a Nehru jacket, bell bottoms, a shark tooth necklace, a beret and Cuban heel boots and Martha was adorned in: white go-go boots, a tie-dye tee-shirt, a knitted cloche hat, plastic jewellery and a poodle skirt. Now, Victoria (Posh) Beckham and Vera Wang were racing to copy their new, innovative styles, to sell to Mr & Mrs North America...what utter fashunation with Eddie & Martha's classic panache!

Etymology: fashion ( the latest and most admired style in clothes and cosmetics and behavior) & shun (avoid and stay away from deliberately; stay clear of expel from a community or group) & fascination (the capacity to attract intense interest or a feeling of great liking for something wonderful and unusual) & nation (organized body of people)

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Crosstumed

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: kross toomd

Sentence: Ned & Nancy lived together and worked in the same office. Ned worked for Ida and Nancy worked for Bruce. Every month there were new contests and events designed to increase employee morale and engage the workers. Today was "Dress Like The Boss" Day, so Nancy had crosstumed herself in a suit and tie and Ned had gotten himself crosstumed in a diaphanous bridesmaid dress, the colour of bubblegum, complete with accessories. Off they went to work, only to be greeted by their snickering, jeering co-workers wearing bandannas, torn jeans, sleeveless shirts, carrying guitars and microphones. Yes, it was actually "Dress like The Boss Day" alright...Bruce Springstein, that is!

Etymology: Cross (as in cross-dressing, where someone of one gender wears the clothing typically associated with the other gender) & Costumed (dressed in clothing characteristic of a period, country, or class)

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COMMENTS:

Do you suppose someone was being a little costumacious? - Mustang, 2009-05-27: 07:48:00

hyperborean I really enjoyed your story! Perfect for the cartoon! - hyperborean, 2009-05-28: 21:06:00

EXCELLENT WORD, but it didn't need the book, it's called a "sentence" - DrWebster111, 2009-05-31: 12:12:00

Ah, DrW...sentences really only matter in prison!!! - Nosila, 2009-06-01: 00:41:00

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Plaidfad

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: plad fad

Sentence: After the moviE, "Braveheart" came out, Mary's Scottish boss wore only kilts and tartans and encouraged those who wished to seek his favour to do the same. This plaidfad was a problem to Mary and others, who found it hard to find enough plaid gear to wear to work. One poor soul finally flipped out and was fired for refusing to dress the part. He returned the next day in tartans, wild hair and blue paint on his face yelling "Frrrreedom!" In one of life's ironies, Mr. Burns, the manager was let go himself the next week, when one of his female staffers complained to head office that she did not like the tilt of his kilt when he came near her!

Etymology: Plaid (Tartan;crisscross design on a fabric) & Fad (craze, trend;current interest followed with exaggerated zeal)

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Apperil

Created by: Jamagra

Pronunciation: a/par'/el

Sentence: On a beautiful spring morning Jamagra could not decide what to wear to work. She always found this standing-in- front-of-the-closet part of the day disdressing and attiresome. After going through all of her apperil once again, Jamagra decided to skip the chafing and agcessorizing for one day. She phoned her excuses to the office ("illness and fatigue" because she was sick and tired of working) then went out to the garden. After donning her (non)tortureshell sunglasses, Jamagra pinched back some blooms and bound the peas to their trellis. "Much better than pinchy shoes and binding skirts," thought Jamagra.

Etymology: apparel (clothing) + peril (something that may cause injury; grave risk) "agcessorizing" - agonizing + accessorizing

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COMMENTS:

Great word! Even lovlier sentence. Think I'll call in sick tomorrow and get the peas planted! - purpleartichokes, 2008-04-08: 10:42:00

I agree with purple - can't wait to get into the garden - wonderful sentence - Jabberwocky, 2008-04-08: 12:30:00

Rudolph the Red-Toes Pain-Fear! (uh, that was bad, sorry.) - purpleartichokes, 2008-04-08: 19:34:00

Peas on Earth, Jamagra! - Nosila, 2008-04-08: 20:38:00

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Itsuckssory

libertybelle

Created by: libertybelle

Pronunciation: it-sux-or-ree

Sentence: A slave to fashion, I opted for the ultra conrol top panty hose which turned out to be the ultimate itsuckssory. The control top was so controlling that I ended up hiking it from my tender waist onto my ribs, which was comfortable for a while, but at the end of the night I ended up with a deep long-lasting bruise on my ribs. I mean I've heard of control top, but really! The communist party wasn't even this controlling!! (true story)

Etymology: it sucks + accessory

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COMMENTS:

mrskellyscl Hysterical. Very creative. - mrskellyscl, 2009-05-27: 17:10:00

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Garmentiroso

Created by: shoeshineboy

Pronunciation: gar-MENT-i-ROH-soh

Sentence: The high-waisted capri pant is a pure garmentiroso; it purports to make you look young, but instead it makes you look like you outgrew your Mom jeans.

Etymology: garment + mentiroso (liar)

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Hautefacadism

Created by: arrrteest

Pronunciation: oht-fass-ahd-ism

Sentence: Pat and Gene worked for a upstart tech company that prided itself on acceptance and forward thinking. Casual Fridays seemed so passé that the wearing of jeans seemed quite the conservative costume. Thursdays became Thong Thursdays, Wednesdays became a true Hump Day where employees wore teddies or other intimate gear under their "Librarian" clothes. Titular Tuesdays dress code was provacative, however it was Mix-It-Up Monday's Hautefacadism that took the cake. Employees would often switch clothes or come already clothed in genderbending attire. To help along acceptance, the company planned a workshop on How to Tie a Tie, Walking in Pumps or Stilletos, and How To Accesserize.

Etymology: haute, French High from haute couture + facade, French façade false face + sadism, deriving pleasure from others' pain

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Garbagenda

Created by: rebelvin

Pronunciation: garb+agenda

Sentence: Why do you wear that garbagenda instead of something comfortable?

Etymology: garb+agenda

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