Verboticism: Grinvertebrate

'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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Bugwhisperer

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: bəgwɪspərər

Sentence: Julie liked to think of herself as a bugwhisperer. When a bug came into her house, she would try to talk to it, trying to convince it to leave peacefully. The fact that this never worked didn't seem to alter her approach. Her friends began to think her a bit buggy.

Etymology: bug (a small insect) + whisperer (one who speaks softly) A play off of the Dog Whisperer

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nice - galwaywegian, 2009-01-28: 11:04:00

has great appeal ... like a whispered secret! - silveryaspen, 2009-01-28: 22:22:00

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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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Dummunication

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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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Grinvertebrate

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: grin ver teb rayt

Sentence: Cynthia loved her pet caterpillar so much and found that his antics made her smile. She called him her little grinvertebrate because he ade her smile. She was brokenhearted when one day he curled up in a leaf and would not listen to her prattling. And then one day, he came out and turned into a beautiful butterfly and flew out the window to migrate to Mexico. My next pet won't be into metamorphosis, she thought...

Etymology: Grin (smile) & Invertebrate (any living creature lacking a backbone or spinal column)

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Doctorfoolittle

Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: sdok tor fooooo lit illllll

Sentence: Her last doctorfoolittle moment came to a painful end for both parties when she was trying to listen to the whisperings of Viggy, her pet earwig.

Etymology: doctor doolittle, fool

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ooh - gives me goosebumps - Jabberwocky, 2009-01-28: 13:49:00

Superb pun! - silveryaspen, 2009-01-28: 22:02:00

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Socialicing

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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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Chatterpillar

Created by: mweinmann

Pronunciation: chat - ter - pill - ur

Sentence: Daphne loved butterflys and, each year, would just wait until they appeared in her garden so that she could sit in her favorite chair and watch them fly around. She felt an almost magical quality inhabited her garden when they there. This year, she decided to "tip the scales" in her favor by befriending the caterpillars that would soon be transformed. Each day, she would crawl around in her garden looking for them. When she saw one, she would engage in chatterpillar with each one of them, beseaching them to make her garden their "forever" home.....

Etymology: Chatter + Caterpillar >> Chatter (speak rapidly and incessantly) Caterpillar (worm-like larva of various insects, especially butterflies and moths)

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nice - galwaywegian, 2009-01-28: 13:43:00

cute - Jabberwocky, 2009-01-28: 13:48:00

Love it! - TJayzz, 2009-01-28: 13:56:00

You have metamorphosized a great word! - Nosila, 2009-01-28: 19:35:00

appeals to the child in me as well as the adult ... fun creation! - silveryaspen, 2009-01-28: 22:27:00

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Chirpet

Created by: splendiction

Pronunciation: chur PET

Sentence: They often chirpetted to Violet (their pet Afican Violet), "You look beautiful today", in soft crooning voices.

Etymology: chirpet v. to talk to or vocalize soothingly to one's pet. From: "chirp" v. to happily speak/a sound a bird makes and from "pet" v. to stroke an animal to promote happiness in both the owner and, presumably, the pet.

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Foolittle

Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: foo lit el

Sentence: the truth be known she was more foolittle than Doolittle, but the bugs never complained.

Etymology: doolittle, fool

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

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