Verboticism: Expelant

'Don't leave me out here! I'm not dead yet!'

DEFINITION: v., To put an unwanted houseplant, especially a seasonal or gift plant like a Poinsettia or Easter Lily, outdoors in hopes that it will die. n., An unwanted houseplant which has been left to nature.

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Bloomingales

Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: bloom/in/gales

Sentence: Chris carefully positioned all his Christmas plants in the shelter of the taller conifers hoping that Darwin's theory would prove correct and they might survive. It wasn't enough though to protect them from the blizzard and gale force winds and the little plants cried out to him "Why do you love us only at Christmas? We're not bred to bloomingales.

Etymology: bloom + gales + bloomingdales

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COMMENTS:

Bloomingales, a great place to chop...errr..shop - Mustang, 2008-10-13: 08:49:00

A plant is not just for christmas!! - TJayzz, 2008-10-13: 09:01:00

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Planthenasia

Created by: Boomertoo

Pronunciation:

Sentence: The peak seasons for planthenasia are right after Christmas and Easter, when seasonal gifts are often cast out.

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Neglectaplant

Created by: pocketosmiles

Pronunciation: ne glec ta plant

Sentence: My solution for getting rid of my neglectaplant is to feed it to the neighbor's dog.

Etymology: Neg, deny + lect, pick out + aplant

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Expelant

Created by: bzav1

Pronunciation: ex-pel-ant

Sentence: Instead of transplanting the geraniums, Betty decided to expelant them on the porch in hopes that someone would take them away.

Etymology: expel - to cast out + plant, antonym of transplant

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Agribandon

Created by: apeavy

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Aplandonment

Created by: StarLizard

Pronunciation: a-plan-don-ment

Sentence: Bruno, not being able to look at the plant shrivel and finally die due to the lack of watering, resorted to aplandonment, knowing full well that he would forget the hideous Christmas cactus his mother had given him out there on the balcony.

Etymology: Mix of plant and abandonment.

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Floracide

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: flor-uh-side

Sentence: In a blatant attempt to commit floracide on an unwanted hideous tropical houseplant she had gotten as a gift, Etta left it outdoors on the patio during a blizzard.

Etymology: 'Flora' (Plants considered as a group) with the suffix 'cide' (from Latin meaning “killer,” “act of killing,” used in the formation of compound words)

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COMMENTS:

metrohumanx Yes, a blizzard WILL do the trick. - metrohumanx, 2008-10-13: 02:36:00

Now that is just plain "cold-hearted." - lumina, 2008-10-13: 22:23:00

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Meanthumb

Created by: rikboyee

Pronunciation: meen-thum

Sentence: it was clear that the sad little pot plant was making her kitchen gloomy and it was time for her to exercise her meanthumb

Etymology: mean, green thumb

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COMMENTS:

It just works. - dubld, 2007-11-14: 09:06:00

pot plants usually have the opposite effect - why didn't she just smoke it? - Jabberwocky, 2007-11-14: 10:21:00

i'm gunja pretend you didn't say that - rikboyee, 2007-11-14: 15:31:00

doobie doobie do - where's purple when you want to sing - you know youjuana - Jabberwocky, 2007-11-14: 16:25:00

Seems to mean it's all about meangreen! Nice word! - OZZIEBOB, 2007-11-14: 17:16:00

Purple's been swamped at work, with no signs of letting up until after Jan 15. Poor Purple. Love your word Rik. - purpleartichokes, 2007-11-14: 18:25:00

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Leafoutside

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: leef owt syde

Sentence: Like clockwork, Flora's neighbours saw the same phenomena after each season...abandoned plants on her back porch. Poinsettia's after Christmas, Lillies after Easter, Mums after Thanksgiving, etc. Apparently ignorant on any kind of plant care knowledge,Flora would leafoutside any of these poor hothouse-raised, sensitive showy plants to fend for themselves. Inevitably, snow, frost, critters and lack of water sealed their fate. Those neighbours were very worried that one of these days, Flora might get pregnant and have a baby. If she ran true to form, they were afraid they might find the baby abandoned on the porch because he had outgrown the cute stage and was way too much work and bother. They speculated that if this was not the child's fate, he should be named "Leaf the Lucky"!

Etymology: Leaf (the main organ of photosynthesis and transpiration in higher plants) & Outside (Not inside, in the elements) & play on leave outside (abandon something to the Great Outdoors)

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Exofoliacizing

Created by: dubld

Pronunciation: eg-so-fo-fo-lee-ah-size-ing

Sentence: After living with the drooping easter lilly for a time, he decided it was time to exofoliacize his easter demon plant.

Etymology: exo (Out) + foliage (Plant) + Exorcize (Expel)

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