Verboticism: Chatnimal

'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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Zooboon

Created by: kateinkorea

Pronunciation: ZOO boon

Sentence: When I was a young girl my boon companions were the girls in the Smith family next door, but now my zooboon companions are from every family in the animal kingdom. My mother came in once and found us napping in a zoobooning position and she forbid me from having them in my bed anymore. I don't know what the big deal was.

Etymology: ZOO: related to animals BOON (companions): blessed or jolly companions, something to be grateful for

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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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COMMENTS:

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

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

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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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Inscecst

GlobalGallery

Created by: GlobalGallery

Pronunciation: in-sek-st

Sentence: "Wodda madda my widdle schnookums? You not eating your poop-de-woops" said Gerald to Pandora his beloved African Dung Beetle. "I wuv yooo! I'm gonna give you a big kiss if you eat up all your din-dins" he cooed seductively. Gerald's inscecst fantasies had always interfered with his interpersonal relationships. His only girlfriend left him after three weeks when he showed her Pandora's customized Myspace page.

Etymology: 1. insect - a small air-breathing arthropod. 2. incest - sexual contact betwwen relatives.

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Interviewterbrate

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: in ter vu ter brayt

Sentence: Clara always spoke to her pets and whatever critters came into her yeard. She would interviewterbrate them for hours, despite the fact they could not understand her. Many of her neighbors just found her to be plain crazy.

Etymology: Interview (discuss with or ask questions) & Invertebrate (species lacking a backbone, hence thought to be of a lesser order)

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Animalculinguist

Created by: readerwriter

Pronunciation: an-eh-mal-kyu-ling-gwist

Sentence: Dr. Anthea Pod was shocked when she received the letter cutting off her government funding. For years she had been known as the world's foremost animalculinguist. For over 40 years she had been celebrated as the authority and researcher of the languages of small or microscopic organisms. At long last, her book, Tiny Talkers: Languages of the Hidden Ones, was about to be published by the University of California at Berkeley. "Why, oh, why," she cried out in her laboratory. But, she knew who could comfort her. She knew who heard her. She knew who would always be there for her.

Etymology: From ANIMALCULE, a very small or microscopic organism + LINGUIST, one who specializes in languages

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COMMENTS:

-great word & sentence/narrative! - splendiction, 2009-01-28: 16:21:00

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Chatnimal

Created by: abrakadeborah

Pronunciation: chat-ni-mal

Sentence: Ellie would chatimal to anything that moved. She thought that all bugs and animals understood her strange language.

Etymology: Chat - To talk. An(imal)- Taken from part of the word animal.

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Shrimpatico

Created by: OZZIEBOB

Pronunciation: SHrim-PAH-ti-koh

Sentence: "Oh, do you see what shrimps see?" asked Bob, not even battering an eyelid. "To confess the truth, Bob, it's just I don't think that's as easy as you say," said Roxy. " I'll try to do so, to please you; but I rather think Crusty, brought up in the sea, sees the world quite differently; indeed, through different eyes." Have you got a pencil and paper!" exclaimed Bob. "Just write him a note in Shrimperanto and he will understand immediately." Bob watched eagerly, convinced that he had developed some special shrimpatico, with even the tiniest of crustaceans.

Etymology: Blend of SHRIMP: Any of various small, chiefly marine decapod crustaceans of the suborder Natantia. In a loose sense, any small crustacean & SIMPATICO: congenial or like-minded; sharing similar temperaments and, therefore, able to get along well together.

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COMMENTS:

nice one OB - galwaywegian, 2009-01-28: 04:23:00

terrific - Jabberwocky, 2009-01-28: 13:50:00

Love it...it shows we are all just Prawns in the game of life. - Nosila, 2009-01-28: 19:30:00

Seansational! - silveryaspen, 2009-01-28: 22:16:00

This is hilarious ....shrimpsational - mweinmann, 2009-01-29: 23:58:00

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Petofeel

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: pet o feel

Sentence: Magenta was a petofeel. She developed unnatural emotional bonds with insects. In high school, she was voted Moth Likely to Succeed. She won many spelling Bees during her final Termite at College. With her sister pregnant, she was soon to become an Ant. Although she was born a WASP, she became a Praying Mantis. She had once been married, but he turned out to be a Louse. She enjoyed all kinds of Grub and when she had to travel she preferred to Fly. At school dances, she often performed the Worm, especially to old Beetles music. She'd been known to enjoy a Roach or two. Many times she just wanted to Flea when people started to Bug her. She was an Aphid supporter of Butterfly gardens and also enjoyed Cricket. At the local bar, she would always order a Grasshopper and her computer was equipped with a Spider program, on the world-wide Web. She admired Ladybird Johnson and her greatest fear was having the exterminator crawl up her driveway. We could tell you more about her, but we'd hate to Drone on...

Etymology: Pet (a domesticated animal kept for companionship or amusement; preferred above all others and treated with partiality) & Feel (undergo an emotional sensation) & rhymes with pedophile (love of children, literally, but more sinister)

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COMMENTS:

Such fun bugfoonery! Top notch! - silveryaspen, 2009-01-28: 22:13:00

Magenta had bugs in her belfry. Good word! - Mustang, 2009-01-28: 23:43:00

had lots of fun reading this....clever. - mweinmann, 2009-01-30: 00:00:00

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Critterchat

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: KRIT-ehr-chat

Sentence: Thelmalou 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' (any animal) and 'chat' (idle talk) , word play based loosely on the word chitchat

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