Verboticism: Whoreticulturists

'The victim of an extremely vicious browbeating'

DEFINITION: n. Annoying neighbors who spend endless hours mowing their lawns, painting their fences, washing their cars, and browbeating you because you have a life. v. To express disapproval for someone's lifestyle.

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Houndskeepers

Created by: mweinmann

Pronunciation: hownds + keep + urs

Sentence: Morrie's neighbors were real houndskeepers. They spent their entire life grooming their yard and house so that it was a "showplace". Because Morrie did not choose to spend all of his free time in the same pursuits, his neighbors continuously derided him and made snide comments about the condition of his lawn.

Etymology: hound and groundskeepers >> Hound (To urge insistently; nag) groundskeepers (Groundskeeping is the activity of tending an area of land for aesthetic or functional purposes)

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COMMENTS:

So apt to the definition. Super etymology and verbotomy! - silveryaspen, 2009-03-17: 13:59:00

I agree with silveryaspen! - kateinkorea, 2009-03-17: 20:08:00

metrohumanx I agree with KateinKorea! - metrohumanx, 2009-03-18: 04:51:00

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Honebodies

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: hone bod ees

Sentence: Marcia was always criticized by her neighbours, because she never stayed home and spent hours working on her house. The Kranks, the honebodies from next door, were the first suspects when Marcia was found dead on her grass. She should have taken fencing lessons to get lawn order.

Etymology: Hone (to sharpen, improve,make perfect or complete) & WordPlay on Homebodies (people who seldom leave home)

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Goadneighbours

Created by: kateinkorea

Pronunciation: GOAD NAY bores

Sentence: My good neighbours had become goadneighbours, and now I was wishing for good fences. It all began when Mike got a promotion. He and his wife bought an SUV that they were always washing, waxing, and admiring while they took pictures of each other standing by it. They landscaped their yard, put in a pool, and built a sundeck. But everything was for show and pictures, and now the rest of us neighbours were tired of them harassing us. Suddenly our yards weren’t good enough, our houses needed painting and we were bringing down the neighbourhood. Any more goadneigbourly advice on how to take care of my weeds on my lawn or the cracks in my driveway, and I might just build that fence.

Etymology: GOAD: to keep irritating or annoying someone until they react GOOD NEIGHBOURS

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COMMENTS:

Puntastic verbotomy! So on the definition, too. Excellent! - silveryaspen, 2009-03-17: 14:37:00

You goad, Girl! - Nosila, 2009-03-17: 23:28:00

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Lifespurn

petaj

Created by: petaj

Pronunciation: lie-f-sp-ern

Sentence: After many years of censuring her neighbours, the old woman finally reached the end of her lifespurn when she collapsed midcriticism on the decorative border that had whipped her into a judgmental frenzy.

Etymology: life + spurn + lifespan

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COMMENTS:

Admire how well you put your sentence, your thoughts, and your word together. Very well done! - silveryaspen, 2009-03-17: 14:19:00

Good word and sentence. - kateinkorea, 2009-03-17: 19:41:00

Nothing like having a garden to die for... - Nosila, 2009-03-17: 23:31:00

metrohumanx Concise and excellent! - metrohumanx, 2009-03-18: 04:50:00

petaj thanks for the nice comments - petaj, 2009-03-18: 07:36:00

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Skullandcrossjones

karenanne

Created by: karenanne

Pronunciation: skul and CROS joanz

Sentence: No matter how hard anyone on the court tried, they could never match the beauty and perfection of the Jones family's property. This was due to the fact that both Mr. and Mrs. Jones were retired landscapers, and each spent at least two hours a day working in the yard. To top it off, they went for walks each weekend in which they pointed to various sections of their neighbors' yards and whispered to one another, apparently identifying flaws and not bothering to conceal their disapproval. Some of the court's residents had nearly killed themselves trying to keep up with the Joneses, to no avail. The neighborhood atmosphere became so toxic that after a while, everyone started referring to them as "Mr. and Mrs. Skullandcrossjones."

Etymology: Jones, as in "keeping up with the Joneses" + skull-and-crossbones (a picture of the human skull above two crossed bones, now used as a warning of poison, danger or death)

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COMMENTS:

jollyroger over and out! - Nosila, 2010-09-28: 19:44:00

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Domichiders

Created by: rombus

Pronunciation: dome - chide - urs

Sentence: Lucy and Ken have become the domichiders of their neighboorhood. Everyone avoids them like the plague because they are constantly giving all the neighbors suggestions on how to improve their homes, yards and lives....

Etymology: domicile and chide

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COMMENTS:

Admire your sentence for the implied way domichiders reminds us of a spiders ... and both equally unwelcome! Greate create! - silveryaspen, 2009-03-17: 14:04:00

metrohumanx Very clever! - metrohumanx, 2009-03-18: 04:53:00

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Naboobs

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: NAY-bubes

Sentence: Loretta thought of her neighbors as naboobs, people of some wealth and circumstance who who had nothing better to do than improve their properties and their lives while she sunbathed, partied and did her best to just look pretty.

Etymology: Use of 'boob' (dufus, crude person) Play on the word 'nabob' (A person of wealth and prominence)

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Abuttinski

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: ay but in skee

Sentence: In our sleepy suburban town, we had an abuttinski. She was Old Lady Burns, the bitter divorcee who lived next door to us and found fault with everything people did for enjoyment. She was the Neighbourhood Witch, the one who you could never please. If we didn't mow the lawn when she felt it needed it, she called the Noxious Weed Dept. If we did start up the mower to tackle the lawn, she called the Noise Abatement Dept. If our dog was out in our fenced off back yard, she called the Humane Society. We came this close to having to toilet train Sparky on the potty inside. If we even started up the barbecue, we would have to ensure we had enough food for the whole fire crew, as she would call them the minute we opened the lid. If we cooked something spicy, like curry, the HazMat Team was forced on the scene. The police practically lived on our street because she called them for everything from suspicious persons going door to door (like the paper boy and mailman) to recording license plates of vehicles not know to dwell on our street (like all these enforcement officers' vehicles from all the various city departments)and for attempted break-ins on her property (the gas meter reader,census-takers, the Avon lady). Reasoning, bribes,acts of kindness and inclusion,threats and logical persuasion all failed to change her behaviors. She was always in the right and she had her lawyer on speed-dial to launch suit over anyone who stood up to her underhanded, second-party bullying. She would hide in her house and have every civil servant at her beck and call to do her dirty work. Being self-righteous and thinking herself an upstanding and virtuous Christian, she did speak to every religion peddlar who came to her door. Many thought it poetic justice that the horrid smell coming from her home one day was due to the fact that one of these zealots had taken exception to her smug beliefs and bashed in her cranium several weeks before and helped himself to her valuables. The police, while appearing professional, were secretly glad she no longer controlled their work duties, so they could finally concentrate on real crimes; the Fire Dept. was relieved to have an opportunity to actually fight real fires elsewhere. The moral: if you are not nice to people, there will be no one around to close your lids when your time comes!

Etymology: Abut (lie adjacent to another or share a boundary) & Buttinski(a meddler who tends to butt in)

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COMMENTS:

Good one Nosila! :)You are a great writer! - abrakadeborah, 2009-03-17: 01:37:00

metrohumanx I was just kidding about the brevity of "hydroflobia"....This is an excellent parable and one helluva mico-novel! I hope you're in charge of refreshments at the upcoming First Annual International Verbotomixer and Wordswap Extravaganza! - metrohumanx, 2009-03-17: 03:16:00

Amdire the way you captured that butt mentality! Great etymology. Terrific word! - silveryaspen, 2009-03-17: 13:54:00

Cheers, all...sadly my sister and her family had to move far away from us to escape such a neighbour...coming home was the most stressful and scary part of their day, because she spent long hours plotting fresh Hell for them. This creature outlived every elected official we had and there is finally a cease and desist response in her flagged file to warn emergency services not to respond to her calls, as she became a permanent nuisance. Of course, charging her $250 for every wasted call went a long way to curbing her behavior! It is sad that someone has nothing better to do but terrorize others...personally I think she'd give the Guantanamo guys a run for their money! - Nosila, 2009-03-17: 23:40:00

My heart goes out to you and your sister and your families. I am so thankful that I have exceptionally good neighbors! - silveryaspen, 2009-03-18: 12:56:00

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Naybores

Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: nay bohrs

Sentence: It was difficult to discern whether the high pitched drone coming from the other side of the fence was a garden strimmer or one of the naybores complaining about the ingress of weeds from her wildflower garden.

Etymology: neighbour nay, bore

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COMMENTS:

I like it....goes good with naboobs. Naboob naybores.... - Mustang, 2009-03-17: 21:14:00

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Hoodhogs

Created by: readerwriter

Pronunciation: hood-hawgz

Sentence: Patience had endured enough. She was exhausted from the nightly raids by her nebby neighbors, Neil and Nosy Parker. They pruned, they plowed, they picked. What deadheads! So what if her dog peed all over her lawn--it was her lawn, wasn't it? And the world needed more nitrogen! Last night was the last straw. Patience had been awakened by the sound of the duo flooding her yard with water. She stood at her window and watched in astonishment. Obviously these hoodhogs were trying to dilute the urine. Then they began to root around, scraping up the dead grass, quietly bickering over whether it should be to a depth of one-quarter or one-half inch. In the morning she had found a note on her back door saying, "Now you may sow replacement grass."

Etymology: From HOOD, slang/contraction for neighborhood + HOGS, meaning greedy or selfish, also a play on pig, derogatory for police

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COMMENTS:

No doubt distant cousins of hedgeghogs? - Mustang, 2009-03-17: 22:57:00

All that grass and not a sharp blade in sight when you need it! - Nosila, 2009-03-17: 23:29:00

metrohumanx Hahahaha! Good word! - metrohumanx, 2009-03-18: 04:49:00

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