Verboticism: Treedebris

'Why are you vacuuming the Christmas tree?'

DEFINITION: n., 1. A pine needle infestation, common during and after the holiday season. 2. Prickly Christmas guests who will not leave and cannot be cleaned up. v., To fall down during a holiday party and hide under a rug.

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Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: ef ir af ter

Sentence: Once upon a time there was a prince and princess who made the mistake of getting a real tree on their first Christmas together. One of the things that keeps them together still is finding and vacuuming tree needles,all year long, happily efirafter.

Etymology: Everafter (from now on, to eternity) & Fir (any of various evergreen trees)

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Created by: remistram

Pronunciation: pur-muh-need-l

Sentence: She couldn't decide which was worse, the permaneedles that she found stuck in her slippers in June or the obnoxious neighbours that always overstayed their welcome.

Etymology: permanent + needle (as in coniferous tree needles) and (to heckle or tease)

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Created by: jmichon1


Sentence: Doctor, do you think this Douglas Fir really needs a suckatreeotomy?


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Created by: Tigger

Pronunciation: /piyn-dem-ik/

Sentence: Since the relatives began arriving more than three weeks before the holidays this year, the tree had to be up early. Now the living room is the source of a widespread pinedemic outbreak, which has spread to every other room in the house, further complicated the inguestation of Christmas visitors, tracking needles everywhere. And we can't even vacuum, because Uncle Frank is still down there under the tree, wrapped in his carpet of rugretfulness — and pine needles.

Etymology: pine - traditional Christmas evergreen (Latin, pīnus) + pandemic - a widespread outbreak (from Greek, pándémos "common" - typical of a disease)


good one - Jabberwocky, 2007-12-17: 13:35:00

nice - galwaywegian, 2007-12-17: 15:15:00


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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: pôrkyəpīntrē

Sentence: Why is it that the needles from the porcupinetree seem to actively burrow into the carpet like so many quill moles.

Etymology: porcupine (a large rodent with defensive spines or quills on the body and tail) pine tree (an evergreen coniferous tree that has clusters of long needle-shaped leaves)

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Created by: MrDave2176

Pronunciation: nee-dl-net-tl

Sentence: Marla and Jack used the DirtDevil to once again pick up the needlenettle under the tree. Despite using the latest in needle-retention technology, the tree insisted on dropping them. Jack finally had to agree it was time to dispose of the old artificial tree.

Etymology: needle (to annoy or pick on) + nettle (to aggravate or haunt)

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Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: pine/dem/ic

Sentence: The onset of a brutally cold winter sent the thermostats soaring thereby causing extremely dry indoor conditions which ultimately led to a pinedemic of catastrophic proportions.

Etymology: pandemic + pine


Lots of pinedemonium, no doubt. - Mustang, 2008-12-18: 15:28:00


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Created by: mweinmann

Pronunciation: tan - in - bumz

Sentence: After Christmas, Penelope and Marc noticed many tannenbums remained in their home... First there were all the needles that would not come out of the carpet and then there were several friends that did not want to leave.

Etymology: tannenbaum (christmas tree), bums (moochers: ask for and get free; be a parasites)


I cannot believe this....I just looked at last week's words and saw that this one was used for another definition. I swear to god, I had not seen it until now (5:00 p.m.)!!! I did not play at all last week. - mweinmann, 2009-12-21: 18:05:00

artr Forgiven! :-) - artr, 2009-12-22: 06:34:00


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Created by: CaptainHuggyface


Sentence: Man, my cousin just won't leave...and it's already Dec. 30th. He's such a Tannenbum!

Etymology: Germ-an

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Created by: petaj

Pronunciation: shoog-a-plum-at

Sentence: Natalie vowed that this year there would be no sugarplummating at the office Christmas party. Despite the litres of eggnog she had consumed last year, the memory of the rum ball crumbs squashed into the carpet over her head, the sneering laugh of her colleagues and the realisation that she could not get any lower was still crystal clear in her mind.

Etymology: sugar plum fairy (Christmas visitor) + plummet (fall down) + mat (rug)


excellent - Jabberwocky, 2008-12-18: 14:47:00

metrohumanx Hilarious word, Petaj! - metrohumanx, 2008-12-18: 17:33:00


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