Verboticism: Chameleonline

'I think you have worms...'

DEFINITION: n. A self-deprecating computer virus which is constantly changing its identity due to problems with its logic and/or self-confidence. v. To randomly change your tune, just so you can bug other people.

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Zigfrag

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: zigfræg

Sentence: Jim's computer is infected with a virus. He never knows how it will show up as it zigfrags its way through the operating system. He'll type a command, watch the spinner and see what happens this time. Yesterday it erased most of his family photos. Today it emailed a porn link to everybody in his address book. Can't wait to see what tomorrow brings.

Etymology: zigzag (with frequent sharp turns from side to side) + frag (fragment)

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Chromotose

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: KROME-eh-tose

Sentence: Luckily for Miranda the virus that had infected her unprotected computer was basically chromotose, it's underlying logic distorted and it was basically a dormant program that devolved rather than evolving.

Etymology: Blend of 'chromosome' (One of the minute bodies into which the chromatin of the nucleus is resolved during mitotic cell division) and 'comatose' (in a state of deep and usually prolonged unconsciousness; unable to respond to external stimuli)

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COMMENTS:

Thought you also were referring to "chrome", the new google browser!! - mweinmann, 2009-04-01: 16:59:00

Great word! - Nosila, 2009-04-01: 22:29:00

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Aggramorfickleogre

metrohumanx

Created by: metrohumanx

Pronunciation: AGG-ruh-MORE-fickle-OH-grrr!

Sentence: Anne loved her lappytop more than her kin.. She turned them away, but let viruses in. Clicking became just a cruel misdirection- Lappy acquired a logic infection… Slowing it down until barely alive- Mocking and shocking her internal drive… What was the name of this horrible joker? It was an AGGRAMORFICKLEOGRE !!!

Etymology: AGGRAvate+MORph+FICKLE+OGRE= AGGRAMORFICKLEOGRE.....AGGRAVATE:intensify unpleasantly, to make worse, more serious, or more severe, burden; Latin aggravatus, past participle of aggravare to make heavier, from ad- + gravare to burden, from gravis heavy.....MORPH: To change from one form to another, a local population of a species that consists of interbreeding organisms; back-formation from morpheme.....FICKLE: given to erratic changeableness, marked by lack of constancy or stability; Middle English fikel deceitful, inconstant, from Old English ficol deceitful; akin to Old English befician to deceive, and probably to Old English fāh hostile.....OGRE: a dreaded person or object, a hideous giant of fairy tales and folklore that feeds on human beings and computers, a monster; French, probably ultimately from Latin Orcus, god of the underworld.

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COMMENTS:

metrohumanx Free virus scan available at: Trendmicro.com Highly recommended an very thorough. MetrohumanX :) - metrohumanx, 2009-04-01: 14:20:00

Metro~ Thank you! and great word as usual! *I use Trend Micro Internet Security Pro.(home protection for up to 3 PCs):) - abrakadeborah, 2009-04-01: 15:41:00

metrohumanx Thanks. Yes, Trendmicro NEVER failed me. I used it a lot at the library to clean up the machines.... - metrohumanx, 2009-04-01: 16:02:00

I have a family member on here today that joined and made up a word...see if you can guess which word ;) - abrakadeborah, 2009-04-01: 16:20:00

The 'ladybug' in that create told me! That's what happens when you are bugged! (wink/big grin) - silveryaspen, 2009-04-01: 21:45:00

Love the way in iambic pentameter, how you make up a poem about a computer! - Nosila, 2009-04-01: 22:28:00

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Fickon

Created by: kateinkorea

Pronunciation: FICK ON

Sentence: I heard a group of guys in the computer lab talking about making viruses. They were arguing over what they would call it, and they all had these clever names lined up one after another. I think these intellectual bullies should grow up and quit trying to complicate other people’s lives. So I stood up and told them that they should call their disasterpiece FICKON…named after the fickle, con artists that started it. To my chagrin I found out later that they liked the name because viruses changed often and they felt like they were pulling off a con.

Etymology: FICKLE: changing often and suddenly CONFICKER VIRUS: CON : a trick; an act of cheating

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Oh my! And if you don't like it you can just Fickoff???? - readerwriter, 2009-04-01: 10:11:00

Oh my is right! - kateinkorea, 2009-04-01: 10:47:00

Love the word and story, kate, and it isn't even a ficktional one! - Nosila, 2009-04-01: 22:25:00

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Morphection

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: môrfekshən

Sentence: Allen’s life became a nightmare when his computer was beset by a morphection. This nasty little gremlin would alter its function every day. On Monday the chime that announced new e-mail was replaced by the theme from Green Acres. On Tuesday anything he tried to put in the trash was rejected by Oscar the Grouch. Wednesday brought with it a multitude of NSFW images to his desktop background. Thursday’s treat was a pop-up advertising Viagra that wouldn’t be deleted because it floated around the screen just ahead of the cursor. Friday was the scariest of all. When he opened his backpack to retrieve his laptop, Allen’s ThinkPad had replaced itself with a Commodore C64. AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!

Etymology: morph (to change from one form to another) + infection (the presence of a virus in, or its introduction into, a computer system)

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Illogicalrambugifications

Created by: abrakadeborah

Pronunciation: Ill-log-ik-cal-ram-bug-if-fi-k-shuns

Sentence: Calvinator from The Geek Squad had to make a house call for Kay's new Bestest Buyist computer. It appeared she had been surfing "illogicalrambugifications" sites that caused her new computer to get infected with a incurable virus.

Etymology: Illogical;Contradicting or disregarding the principles of logic. Ram;Random access memory. Bug;A pest. If;Used to introduce an exclamatory clause, indicating a wish. ications;(slang) Taken in part from "indications;"Something indicated as necessary or expedient.

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metrohumanx NICE word fusion. I LIKE it! - metrohumanx, 2009-04-01: 16:13:00

I agree. I like the fusion. - kateinkorea, 2009-04-02: 09:12:00

Hugs! Thank you both :) There's SO much creative talent on this site! - abrakadeborah, 2009-04-03: 04:03:00

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Hackmasker

Created by: mweinmann

Pronunciation: hak + mask + ur

Sentence: When I brought up today's word in Verbotomy, I encountered a virulous hackmasker. I saw that I had to enter my credit card number to continue playing my beloved Verbotomy and if I did not, my hard drive would be immediately erased. What was this world coming to? But after performing scans for malware and trying to find the process that was driving this pesky "pop-up", I finally realized that it was just a mask for a real hack....

Etymology: Hack (fix a computer program piecemeal until it works) Hacker (In common usage, hacker is generic term for a computer criminal, often with a specific specialty in computer intrusion), Masker (One who wears a mask; one who appears in disguise) Also play on "taskmaster" (one who keeps others on task to complete a mission or project)except in this case, it is a masked hacker....without a pal named Tonto.

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excellent - Jabberwocky, 2009-04-01: 14:38:00

Sentence, etymology, word - all three are outstanding! - silveryaspen, 2009-04-01: 21:40:00

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Chameleonparkerbowles

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: kam eel leon par ker bolz

Sentence: Our computer at work has been hit by a new virus or worm. There was no warning beforehand...it just popped up Wednesday. It seems to change direction constantly...one minute all your e-mails disappear, next minute you get them back, plus ones that really belong in the director's computer. Oh well, it was not our fault the virus unloaded some very entertaining reading for us. Apparently the same rules forbidding personal use of the computer do not apply to the boss. Who knew he'd had a passionate, also married, girlfriend on the side for over 30 years? With graphic pictures? We've dubbed the virus a chameleonparkerbowles. It's going to be a royal pain for him when Mrs. Director finds out. Maybe this would be a good time to leverage this new knowledge vis-a-vis a raise to silence the troops? His mother is also going to crown him when she finds out. Without our raise, she too may get a mysterious e-mail, with pictures. And someday her Prints may come...

Etymology: Chameleon (a changeable or inconstant person; a lizard that can change to the colour of its surroundings) & Camilla Parker-Bowles (famous "other woman" who carried on a torrid affair with Prince Charles for over 30 years, even while he had married another. Since Diana, his ex expired, he has married his true love...why the heck didn't he do it in the first place??)

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COMMENTS:

We crown thee queen of the pun! Thanks for the royal laughter! Mega-nificent! - silveryaspen, 2009-04-01: 01:11:00

yes, why didn't he - truth to your word - splendiction, 2009-04-01: 21:46:00

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Metamorphasses

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: metəmôrfasəz

Sentence: When Judy went to college there was a group she referred to as the metamorphasses. This consisted of a bunch who was willing to jump into any new cause or trend. They would be environmentalists one day, guns-rights activists another. They could stage a food fight this week and collect goods for the food bank the next. Whatever rally or social gathering that was going on, they were there especially if it meant missing classes or if there was food to be had.

Etymology: metamorphosis (a change of the form or nature of a thing or person into a completely different one) + asses (stupid, irritating, or contemptible people)

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Did my verbotomy inspire you to create this one? Imitation is the highest form of flattery. You flatter a lot of people quite often. - silveryaspen, 2009-04-01: 11:11:00

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Eebola

Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: eeeeeeee boh lah. wouldnt let me put in a hyphen as in e-bola, so added an extra e instead

Sentence: The new strain of eebola is so deadly that it can reduce a laptop to fajita status in less than five minutes

Etymology: ebola as in eeek e as in electronic.

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is the extra e supposed to make it look like a different virus? - Jabberwocky, 2009-04-01: 14:39:00

excellent word for a lethal computer terminal virus - silveryaspen, 2009-04-01: 21:23:00

Good word....taco very much - Mustang, 2009-04-02: 00:53:00

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