Verboticism: Zooboon

'When I look into your big green eyes...'

DEFINITION: n. A person who insists that lower life forms (fish, clams, cephalopods, reptiles, or insects) can be affectionate pets and excellent watchdogs. v. To talk to an animal who can't possibly understand a single word you're saying.

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Petofeel

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: pet o feel

Sentence: Magenta was a petofeel. She developed unnatural emotional bonds with insects. In high school, she was voted Moth Likely to Succeed. She won many spelling Bees during her final Termite at College. With her sister pregnant, she was soon to become an Ant. Although she was born a WASP, she became a Praying Mantis. She had once been married, but he turned out to be a Louse. She enjoyed all kinds of Grub and when she had to travel she preferred to Fly. At school dances, she often performed the Worm, especially to old Beetles music. She'd been known to enjoy a Roach or two. Many times she just wanted to Flea when people started to Bug her. She was an Aphid supporter of Butterfly gardens and also enjoyed Cricket. At the local bar, she would always order a Grasshopper and her computer was equipped with a Spider program, on the world-wide Web. She admired Ladybird Johnson and her greatest fear was having the exterminator crawl up her driveway. We could tell you more about her, but we'd hate to Drone on...

Etymology: Pet (a domesticated animal kept for companionship or amusement; preferred above all others and treated with partiality) & Feel (undergo an emotional sensation) & rhymes with pedophile (love of children, literally, but more sinister)

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COMMENTS:

Such fun bugfoonery! Top notch! - silveryaspen, 2009-01-28: 22:13:00

Magenta had bugs in her belfry. Good word! - Mustang, 2009-01-28: 23:43:00

had lots of fun reading this....clever. - mweinmann, 2009-01-30: 00:00:00

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Cozyologist

metrohumanx

Created by: metrohumanx

Pronunciation: COE-zee-ALL-uh-jist

Sentence: Beverly insisted that ALL life forms were capable of returning her love -especially all the myriad creatures in her insect collection, each of which had a name. Beverly was a fanatic COZYOLOGIST, and she claimed that even the dust mites on her sofa could feel the pain of rejection. When she insisted that Timmy The Beard verify her beliefs, Timmy had to recuse himself from judgement...he was just too close to the subject.

Etymology: COZY+zoOLOGIST= COZYOLOGIST.....COZY:enjoying or affording warmth and ease,snuggly, marked by or providing contentment or comfort;perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian koselig cozy.....ZOOLOGIST: study of the properties and vital phenomena exhibited by an animal, animal type, or group,a branch of biology concerned with the promotion, the properties and vital phenomena of animals, even unresponsive ones.

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Critterchat

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: KRIT-ehr-chat

Sentence: Thelmalou shamelessly engaged in critterchat with her pets, small wild animals and any other kinds of creatures she encountered believing with all her heart that they truly understood her.

Etymology: Blend of 'critter' (any animal) and 'chat' (idle talk) , word play based loosely on the word chitchat

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Animalculinguist

Created by: readerwriter

Pronunciation: an-eh-mal-kyu-ling-gwist

Sentence: Dr. Anthea Pod was shocked when she received the letter cutting off her government funding. For years she had been known as the world's foremost animalculinguist. For over 40 years she had been celebrated as the authority and researcher of the languages of small or microscopic organisms. At long last, her book, Tiny Talkers: Languages of the Hidden Ones, was about to be published by the University of California at Berkeley. "Why, oh, why," she cried out in her laboratory. But, she knew who could comfort her. She knew who heard her. She knew who would always be there for her.

Etymology: From ANIMALCULE, a very small or microscopic organism + LINGUIST, one who specializes in languages

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COMMENTS:

-great word & sentence/narrative! - splendiction, 2009-01-28: 16:21:00

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Inverbalbrate

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: in verb bal brayt

Sentence: Jen Tomology loved her pets. She kept insects and talked to them daily. She could inverbalbrate to them in her version of their languages. She could caterwaul with the caterpillars, she could mouth moth, mantis semantics and could aphidavit aphids. In her own waspish way she was trying to diversifly and bee relev-ant to her pets. That really bugged some people.

Etymology: Invertebrate (any animal lacking a backbone or notochord) & Verbal (express in spoken words;relating to or having facility in the use of words;communicated in the form of words)

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Critterchat

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: CRIT-ehr-chat

Sentence: Marylou shamelessly engaged in critterchat with her pets, small wild animals and any other kinds of creatures she encountered believing with all her heart that they truly understood her.

Etymology: Blend of critter and chat, word play based loosely on the word chitchat

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COMMENTS:

I must stop critterchattering too! - great word! - splendiction, 2009-01-28: 16:24:00

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Socialicing

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: sōshəlīs

Sentence: To say that Mary is lonely is an understatement. One of her few friends told her that a pet might be a good idea. The problem is that she can\'t afford a traditional one. Instead she has adopted some tiny little friends. She discovered them when she scratched her head. When she looks like she is talking to herself she is really socialicing.

Etymology: socialize (mix socially with others) + lice (small, wingless, parasitic insects that live on the skin of mammals and birds)

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Dummunication

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: duh-myoo-ni-key-shuhn

Sentence: Cindy has a pet spider. She talks to it all the time. This would be dummunication because spiders don't have ears.

Etymology: dumb (lacking intelligence or good judgment; stupid; dull-witted) + communication (the imparting or interchange of thoughts, opinions, or information by speech, writing, or signs)

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Chatnimal

Created by: abrakadeborah

Pronunciation: chat-ni-mal

Sentence: Ellie would chatimal to anything that moved. She thought that all bugs and animals understood her strange language.

Etymology: Chat - To talk. An(imal)- Taken from part of the word animal.

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Animisinterpret

Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: an/i/mis/in/tur/pret

Sentence: Sally tended to animisinterpret the actions of insects in her garden often getting stung or bitten in the process. She was convinced they had come to visit her and impart ancient wisdom.

Etymology: animism (attribution of a living soul to plants, insects etc) + misinterpret (drawa a wrong inference)

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COMMENTS:

animism was a great choice to use in your etymology and word - silveryaspen, 2009-01-28: 22:44:00

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