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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Scrourge

Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: scru/urj

Sentence: Bah humbug! Stepping on pine needles from Christmas past, present and future is the scrourge of Christmas.

Etymology: scrourge + scrooge

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Ofirun

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: oaf fir run

Sentence: Although they love the smell of a real tree and get one every Christmas, by the end of the holidays, George & Mary are ofirun with needles. It seems to take most of the next year to finally get them gone. That is about as long as it takes to get rid of all the unwanted relatives who delight in surprising them with unexpected visits!

Etymology: Overrun (infested with;invaded by) & Fir (a coniferous evergreen, popular as a Christmas Tree.

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Tannenbum

Created by: CaptainHuggyface

Pronunciation:

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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Treedebris

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: Tree - de - bree

Sentence: Norman and Leona decided to have an artificial Christmas tree next year after seeing the extraordinary amout of treedebris this year's tree had shed.

Etymology: Tree + debris

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Permaneedle

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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Treeslug

Created by: mezebra

Pronunciation:

Sentence: We hate the morning after, the treeslugs are so prevalent. Bob hasn't been invited to our party in years, he is such a treeslug

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Pinfest

Created by: spickaspanner

Pronunciation: Pin-fest

Sentence: Quick we need to get rid of the christmas tree before we get a pinfest!

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Pinedemic

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

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

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Pernoydles

metrohumanx

Created by: metrohumanx

Pronunciation: PURR-noy-dulls

Sentence: Barbara O'Reilly and Keith attempted to remove the PERNOYDLES which spread thru the house like invasive Zebra Mussels, crowding out the native dustballs. Each holiday season, the PERNOYDLES from down the street always stayed until the last dregs of mead were consumed, and the last tasteless limerick recited. During the evening, one guest got a severe attack of the PERNOYDLES and couldn't be located for hours. Last year, we had to drag them out of the sewers and send a few home by taxicab. PERNOYDLES - a must to avoid.

Etymology: PERsistent+anNOY+neeDLES=PERNOYDLES....PERSISTENT:existing for a long or longer than usual holiday time or continuously,retained beyond the usual jolly period,degraded only slowly by the environment;Latin persistent-, persistens, present participle of persistere.....ANNOY:to disturb or irritate especially by repeated pseudo-festive acts or remarks,Middle English anoien, from Anglo-French anuier, ennoier, from Late Latin inodiare to make loathsome, from Latin in + odium hatred .....NEEDLES: a needle-shaped leaf,a slender pointed object resembling a needle,to harass or mock cruelly, to intentionally irritate ;Middle English nedle, from Old English nǣdl; akin to Old High German nādala needle, nājan to sew, Latin nēre to spin, Greek nēn.

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COMMENTS:

Linguistically detailed and PERcise. A PERleasure to PERuse! - dochanne, 2008-12-18: 01:35:00

OH HO! Nice etymology. Pernod (liquor) and needles was what first came to mind. - silveryaspen, 2008-12-18: 02:48:00

metrohumanx Thank you. An absinthesis from the wee hours of the morning. :) - metrohumanx, 2008-12-18: 17:32:00

metrohumanx If you want to REALLY laugh, check out the toys at goblertoys.com: - metrohumanx, 2008-12-18: 17:59:00

metrohumanx http://goblertoys.com/ - metrohumanx, 2008-12-18: 18:00:00

Crowding out the native dustballs, how pernicious! PERfect! - Nosila, 2008-12-18: 20:38:00

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Needlebain

Created by: roger153

Pronunciation: needle / bain

Sentence: Every year we have to put up with this same needlebain all over the house.

Etymology: pine needle mess

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