Verboticism: Textcavator

'Did you get the boss's message?'

DEFINITION: v., To grasp the meaning of muddled texts like blog posts, emails and text messages where standard grammatical or spelling conventions have been ignored. n., The ability to read and understand confused or poorly written messages.

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Dialext

thegoatisbad

Created by: thegoatisbad

Pronunciation: di-a-leh-xt

Sentence: "OMG" never flashed through Kimberly's mind the way it flashed through the fingers of her niece, Destiny on the popular social networking site, facespace. Having joined in order to seal her place as the cool aunt, she had been frustrated by her inability to understand the dialext. LOL did not mean "lots of love" nor did MILTF mean "My independent life that's full" and this lead to many misunderstandings.

Etymology: dialect (language specific to a group or region) + text (hint: you're reading it)

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COMMENTS:

vg - Nosila, 2010-03-11: 22:49:00

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Degibbercrypt

metrohumanx

Created by: metrohumanx

Pronunciation: dee-JIBBER-cript..........Degibbercrypt is an existing word. (Based a match found for Degibbercrypt found by TheFreeDictionary.)...I find this unlikely, and I stand by my word. -Metro

Sentence: Each dreary morning, Stubbly Stu entered the Temple of Technology where he was employed as an InfoTech specialist. Winter was approaching and the sun's piercing rays bounced off the freshly waxed hallway floors into his tender eyeballs, which had not fully recovered from a gin-soaked weekend of cyber-debauchery. Stunned and amazed, Stubbly Stu saw a cluster of his co-workers gathered in a confused knot and arguing with an intensity usually displayed at a much later, and more humane, time of day. Sookie was waving her Blackberry, Jeff had unholstered his cellfone, and poor low-tech Mark was clutching a crumpled E-mail memo he had printed out, not assigning any reality to something he could not hold in his hand. They all looked up at the same time and saw Stubbly Stu standing there agog. "Stu! Help us!" cried Sookie. "The boss sent out a memo, and we can't figure out if we're all fired or if we're to hurry down to the conference center!" The boss, newly arrived from Red China, stubbornly refused to learn more than the rudiments of Engrish, and regarded punctuation and spelling as a capitalist plot intended to make her "lose face". "Stand back, folks!" Stubbly Stu said with a flourish..." I'm going to DEGIBBERCRYPT this message RIGHT NOW!".....and so he did. They were all fired. :)

Etymology: Fusion of DECRYPT and GIBBERISH.....DECRYPT:transitive verb -to convert (as a coded message) into intelligible form; to recognize and interpret (an electronic signal).....GIBBERISH:unintelligible or meaningless language; a technical or esoteric language; pretentious or needlessly obscure language often generated by pompous or incompetent pseudotechnocrats who have attained positions of power, or think they have.

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COMMENTS:

metrohumanx A mind is a terrible thing. http://www.nsa.gov/MUSEUM/ - metrohumanx, 2008-10-14: 02:40:00

Eggzellint! - Mustang, 2008-10-14: 17:21:00

Great story and word! - Nosila, 2008-10-14: 20:15:00

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Degibber

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: dijibər

Sentence: Claire is the perfect personal assistant to Mr. BigPants. She is the only one who can degibber his cryptic e-mails and memos. Most agree that his notes could be created by a chipmunk dancing on a keyboard. They also believe that most of the great ideas that come out of the head office are really generated by Claire. She just smiles and gives credit to her boss.

Etymology: de (denoting removal or reversal) + gibber (speak rapidly and unintelligibly)

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Assumaciph

Created by: comborracha

Pronunciation: a-sume-a-sife

Sentence: I didn't put enough thought into assumaciphing his message. I didn't realize that "ples get ma bgle t/ cm chee" does not mean please get my mom a bagel with kim chee.

Etymology: assume+decipher

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Codedependent

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: kode depen dent

Sentence: When Marnie's boss acquired a PDA device, she had to transcribe his peculiar messages. She became so good at deciphering his notes that she developed a codedependent ability to read any bizarre messages anywhere and make sense of them. Now she was having trouble going back to reading books with straightforward language...they were no longer a challenge to her intellectually.

Etymology: Code (a coding system used for transmitting messages requiring brevity or secrecy;a process to convert ordinary language into code and vice-versa & Dependent (of a clause; unable to stand alone syntactically as a complete sentence) & Wordplay on Co-Dependent (mutual dependence)

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Interpretext

petaj

Created by: petaj

Pronunciation: in-TER-pre-text

Sentence: "LOLzords, OMG the roflcopters r here, pk m3 ^ @ 4", was the message she received. Tyson was clearly sending this SMS to hide his true wishes about when he should be collected from his friend's place. Carole's interpretext however was too good for her to be confused and she picked him up at the prearranged time.

Etymology: interpret (clarify meaning) + text (in this case an SMS message) + inter (bury) + pretext (something serving to conceal)

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Cyberfathom

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: Sie-ber-fath-um

Sentence: Mary Lou was an old hand at internet communications and could cyberfathom any and all internet shorthand

Etymology: cybernetics and comprehension

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neat - nerdkiller, 2007-11-15: 18:34:00

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Interpretext

Created by: TJayzz

Pronunciation: Inter-pret-ex-t

Sentence: Jane's mum just couldn't get to grips with the predictive text on her cellphone, luckily Jane was an expert in interpretext, so when her mum's muddled messages came through she understood exactly what she was trying to say.

Etymology: Interpret (Understand the meaning of, translate) + Text (Written or printed words, message left on cellphone) ORIGIN Latin textus from texere 'weave' = Interpretext)

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great combo - Jabberwocky, 2008-10-14: 13:21:00

Very clever. - Mustang, 2008-10-14: 17:22:00

metrohumanx Intuitive and eminently pronounceable word! - metrohumanx, 2008-10-17: 07:48:00

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Secretalent

Created by: perkolady

Pronunciation: sec-ra-TAL-ent

Sentence: "Hmm, forward that message to Sylvia--she's got amazing secretalent."

Etymology: From your standard secretary, nurse, or other aid-giving person's miraculous ability to read their superiors' chickenscratch.

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Educe

Created by: verbotomer

Pronunciation: ˈiːˌdjuːs

Sentence: "I educed that he meant, 'see you later' when he sent, 'cUL8rrrr11111!!!'"

Etymology: similar meaning to the original educe, but with the stress on the first syllable, modelled on Internet-related words such as email, ebusiness, etc. It can also be spelled 'e-duce'.

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