Verboticism: Critterchat

'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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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