Verboticism: Interviewterbrate

'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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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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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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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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COMMENTS:

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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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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COMMENTS:

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

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Cozyologist

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Created by: metrohumanx

Pronunciation: COE-zee-ALL-uh-jist

Sentence: Beverly insisted that ALL life forms were capable of returning her love -especially all the myriad creatures in her insect collection, each of which had a name. Beverly was a fanatic COZYOLOGIST, and she claimed that even the dust mites on her sofa could feel the pain of rejection. When she insisted that Timmy The Beard verify her beliefs, Timmy had to recuse himself from judgement...he was just too close to the subject.

Etymology: COZY+zoOLOGIST= COZYOLOGIST.....COZY:enjoying or affording warmth and ease,snuggly, marked by or providing contentment or comfort;perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian koselig cozy.....ZOOLOGIST: study of the properties and vital phenomena exhibited by an animal, animal type, or group,a branch of biology concerned with the promotion, the properties and vital phenomena of animals, even unresponsive ones.

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Zanynatter

Created by: silveryaspen

Pronunciation: zay nee nat ter

Sentence: "Fishy, Fishy, in the aquarium, it is home to you I come. Let me tell you 'bout my day. I'll feed you, while I have my say. I can tell by your eyes, the gossip shared was a surprise. Ahhhh! How you pucker your lips sweetly, and blow bubbly kisses to me." Nettie cooed to her neon tetras. Her husband shook his head and muttered, " Zanynatter, Nettie."

Etymology: ZANY, NATTER. NATTER - to talk about not very serious matters, often rapidly and at length and sometimes in an irritating way. ZANY - to be strangely entertaining in an amusing and unusual clownish and foolish way.

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Insectitied

Created by: TJayzz

Pronunciation: in-sek-tee-tyd

Sentence: Shelley felt she had been born with insectitied as from a very young age, while all her friends screamed at the mere sight of a six-legged creature, she felt compelled to pick it up and talk to it like an old friend. It didn't matter what it was a spider, a beetle, even a woodlouse would get the tender touch.

Etymology: Insect(a small invertabrate animal) + Tied(to be in harmony with something) = Insectitied

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Animisinterpret

Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: an/i/mis/in/tur/pret

Sentence: Sally tended to animisinterpret the actions of insects in her garden often getting stung or bitten in the process. She was convinced they had come to visit her and impart ancient wisdom.

Etymology: animism (attribution of a living soul to plants, insects etc) + misinterpret (drawa a wrong inference)

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animism was a great choice to use in your etymology and word - silveryaspen, 2009-01-28: 22:44:00

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