Verboticism: Ofirun

'Why are you vacuuming the Christmas tree?'

DEFINITION: n., 1. A pine needle infestation, common during and after the holiday season. 2. Prickly Christmas guests who will not leave and cannot be cleaned up. v., To fall down during a holiday party and hide under a rug.

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Pilemonkey

Created by: xirtam

Pronunciation: pahyl-muhng-kee

Sentence: Ouch! I stepped on another pilemonkey. I thought we got all of those pine needles out of the carpet. ... Dan became a pilemonkey after he got drunk at our New Years party, and slept it off wrapped in the carpet from our foyer.

Etymology: pile: as in carpte pile + Monkey: a person likened to such an animal, as a mischievous, agile child or a mimic. OR Monkey: a burdensome problem, situation, hindrance.

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tonii will you need a pilemonkotomy to get the needle out? - tonii, 2007-12-17: 22:56:00

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Infestivus

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: infestivus (just like it looks)

Sentence: Debbie and Art were planning a December wedding. To keep it from becoming completely infestivus, Debbie's mother suggested having it a week before Christmas so that out-of-town relatives might stay through Christmas and no longer. She was quite wrong. It turned into Infestivus Maximus with hordes of relatives hanging around until the New Year. Like pine needles stuck in the carpet, she could not get rid of them.

Etymology: infest (of insects or animals) be present (in a place or site) in large numbers, typically so as to cause damage or disease) + festive (cheerful and jovially celebratory) Derivative of Festivus Maximus (Baltimore Raven term for the Super Bowl)

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Pine needles are easier to deal with than relatives. They don't get insulted when you yell at them. - wayoffcenter, 2008-12-18: 10:07:00

clever - Seinfeld reference maybe? - Jabberwocky, 2008-12-18: 14:46:00

I like the name...i think you got festivus part from Ravens 2000 Super Bowl Run and added in...you got my vote! - timlumber1, 2008-12-19: 21:50:00

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Treebris

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: tree-BREE

Sentence: Wilfred and Nancy scrapped plans for any natural Christmas trees in the future after seeing and having to clean up the extraordinary layer of treebris this year's tree had shed.

Etymology: Blend of tree and debris

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nice combo - Jabberwocky, 2008-12-18: 14:48:00

Nice and succinct. Immediately understood. - dochanne, 2008-12-18: 21:55:00

Love it. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-12-19: 04:15:00

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Barbedlier

Carla

Created by: Carla

Pronunciation: barbd-lie-uh

Sentence: 'Beware the barbedlier on the sofa', Marge whispered to her husband as she passed him in the doorway. 'Your friend Tom had to stay for a week the last time he was this sozzled'.

Etymology: barbed wire + lier (one who lies down)

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Pinecushion

Created by: porsche

Pronunciation: pine/kushun

Sentence: I felt like a Christmas pinecushion as I fumbled trying to plug in the lights.

Etymology: pincushion + pine

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Love it! - purpleartichokes, 2007-12-17: 18:04:00

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Porcupinetree

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: pôrkyəpīntrē

Sentence: Why is it that the needles from the porcupinetree seem to actively burrow into the carpet like so many quill moles.

Etymology: porcupine (a large rodent with defensive spines or quills on the body and tail) pine tree (an evergreen coniferous tree that has clusters of long needle-shaped leaves)

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Yulegibbons

Created by: jmotsch

Pronunciation: Yewl gibbins

Sentence: Janice had been fervently combating the yulegibbons since January.

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Permaneedle

Created by: remistram

Pronunciation: purm-ah-need-ul

Sentence: With all the permaneedles she discovered under the rug in July, she collected them and made miniature Christmas trees and kept them until next Christmas to give to her over-staying-their-welcome guests.

Etymology: permanent (everlasting, perpetual) + needle (from the pine or fir tree, and also to prod or tease)

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Pinefestation

Created by: TTwoo

Pronunciation: pah-ain-fes-tay-shun

Sentence: Where's the vaccuum? We got a serious pinefestation in the living room.

Etymology: Pine (as in pine tree) and infestation (as in to be overrun with something in large quantities, usually with harmful effects.)

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Conifirmentation

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: kon if fer men tay shun

Sentence: It started the moment the Christmas Tree and the In-laws had arrived at the same time, a week before Christmas. The conifirmentation process. Tree needles everywhere and verbal needles about the food, the decor, the drinks, the gift choices, etc. At least the fir needles knew when to depart the host branch, unlike the In-laws, who thought that all could benefit from their "suggestions" and constructive criticism. "Next Year", she said to her husband, "We buy the air tickets for them and make sure that they are only here for a few days, not the current one month long visit!" Houseguests, as they say, are like fish...after a few days they start to smell.

Etymology: Conifer (any gymnospermous tree or shrub bearing cones) & Fir (any of various evergreen trees of the genus Abies; often used for Christmas Trees) & Fermentation ( a process in which an agent causes an organic substance to break down into simpler substances; especially, the anaerobic breakdown of sugar into alcohol;be in an agitated or excited state;go sour or spoil)

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