Verboticism: Morphection

'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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Morphection

artr

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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Wormonger

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: woor monger

Sentence: Sally had inadvertantly loaded up the new wormonger virus by entering a contest online. So much for their viral security promises. Every time she tried to capture and elimiate it, it changed yet again. By the time the wormonger was done, Sally wondered how she could wriggle out of this one...

Etymology: Worm (a person who has a nasty or unethical character undeserving of respect; a software program capable of reproducing itself that can spread from one computer to the next over a network) & Monger (someone who purchases and maintains an inventory of goods to be sold) & WORDPLAY on Warmonger (a person who advocates war or warlike policies)

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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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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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COMMENTS:

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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Undefinamorphic

Created by: michelleohmy

Pronunciation: un-dee-fine-uh-morph-ic

Sentence: In order to be elected, politicians should take an undefinamorphic stance on important issues in order to pander to different voter groups and to make it impossible for the general public to determine what their actual campaign platform is even.

Etymology: Tarskis undefinability theorem- the concept of truth in that arithmetic is not definable using the expressive means that that arithmetic affords; implies a major limitation on the scope of self-representation + Polymorphic Virus: viruses that encrypt or encode themselves in a different way (using different algorithms and encryption keys) every time they infect a system.

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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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Bacillusvacillus

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Created by: mrskellyscl

Pronunciation: ba-sil-us-va-sil-us

Sentence: The whole world was braced in anticipation of the dreaded basillusvacillus infection that was burrowing itself in random computers looking for their eharmony and twitter passwords and other sensitive information.

Etymology: Bacillus (virus) Vacillate (change, vary) Us (us)

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COMMENTS:

always enjoy a rhyme - makes it easier to remember and brings smiles much of the time - silveryaspen, 2009-04-01: 21:20:00

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Compupolymorphicmaladybug

Created by: btotheeck

Pronunciation: kom-pew-pol-lee-mor-fik-ma-lay-dee-bug

Sentence: Juan wanted to check on his fantasy basketball tourney standings when all of a sudden a compupolymaladybug appeared, went away, reappeared, and then changed his language settings to arabic and then back to english and then to greek and then offered coupons and then... well the list goes on and on, but in the end, he had given out his credit card info 5 times and signed up for free iPods and became completely sidetracked and missed the real basketball game.

Etymology: Compu- of or relating to computers, polymorphic- multiple changes, malady: an abnormal state, ladybug: an insect that is hard to determine whether or not it is in fact male or female (illustrates idea of confusion), bug: a type of computer glitch or fault that causes undesirable results.

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COMMENTS:

Awesome word Btotheeck! NOW we're talking :) - abrakadeborah, 2009-04-01: 16:03:00

Welcome! Like the ladybug at the end of your verbotomy. - silveryaspen, 2009-04-01: 21:16:00

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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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Zigfrag

artr

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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