Verboticism: Normceptional

'Wow, that kid sure can eat...'

DEFINITION: n., A "talent" for which an individual takes a great deal of personal pride, even though it is just a common, mundane skill that almost everyone can do. v., To take pride in a special talent which in fact is not special at all.

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Nilskill

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: nil skil

Sentence: Johnny's parents were so proud of his nilskill...gorging himself on anything in sight. He'd honed his talents after years of training and practice.

Etymology: nil (nothing) & skill (talent or ability)

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COMMENTS:

Short, sharp and spot on. Excellent creation! - bananabender, 2008-01-25: 01:14:00

Cheers, bananabender...I'm glad it a-peel-ed to you! - Nosila, 2008-01-25: 19:23:00

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Hypernormalize

Penelopeme

Created by: Penelopeme

Pronunciation: hy per normal ize

Sentence: Eating became the hypernormalized habit, to which, no one but Johnny, appreciated.

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Foolent

Created by: Biscotti

Pronunciation: foo lent

Sentence: Everyone knew Bob was proclaiming another foolent when he challenged anyone in the room to breathe better than him.

Etymology: fool/ish (stupid, dumb) + talent (something one can do better than others)

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Savaint

Created by: MsPettyAdams

Pronunciation: sav-aynt

Sentence: "Jeff can peel an orange in one whole strip! He's a genius!" "Yes, darling, lucky you, your husband is an absolute savain't."

Etymology: French term savant, meaning "learned person" combined with African American vernacular term ain't, meaning "is not"

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Vexpertise

Created by: bookowl

Pronunciation: vex/pur/tease

Sentence: Johnny's mom thought her son charmed his way into being promoted to higher levels but it was really only his vexpertise.

Etymology: vex + expertise

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COMMENTS:

Vexcellent word! - Nosila, 2008-11-18: 20:40:00

I like it - OZZIEBOB, 2008-11-19: 16:44:00

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Nilskill

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: nil skil

Sentence: Little Johnny's doting parents were so proud of his talents. His overeating was a particular nilskill that they had fed and nourished over the years. Being chubby and hungry themselves, they encouraged him to overeat at every opportunity. They did not realize that he had developed his nilskill so well that left alone for over an hour without food, he might even gnaw off his own foot!

Etymology: Nil (nothing, zero) & Skill (ability acquired by training, talent, aptitude)

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Normceptional

Created by: Stevenson0

Pronunciation: norm/cep/tion/al

Sentence: He is normceptional at walking and talking at the same time.

Etymology: normal + exceptional

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Quotalendian

thegoatisbad

Created by: thegoatisbad

Pronunciation: quo-'ta-lend-en

Sentence: Kimberly had such a flair for parallel parking, she sometimes considered putting in on her resume, even though nobody else was as impressed as she. "A lot of people struggle with it" she bragged, "but I've always been able to park with just one try. Just one of those everyday skills." Zinnia, unimpressed with Kimberly's quotalendian, asked "Just one of what everyday skills?" Annoyed, Kimberly responded "Just one of those everyday skills that I have and you don't" while marching back to her desk full of cheese. Amused, Zinnia muttered "Oh, I didn't realize parallel parking was a social skill."

Etymology: Quotidian (every day) + Talent (special skill)

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Insignifinesse

Created by: Tigger

Pronunciation: /in-sig-ni'-fi-ness/

Sentence: Shouts of "Watch this, Mom! Watch what I can do!" could be heard repeated for hours on end at the community swimming pool, as little Jerome practiced swimming underwater, although all he was really doing was putting his head under the water for a few seconds and wiggling convulsively. His mother, of course, saw this insignifinesse as the makings of a future Olypian.

Etymology: insignificance - lacking importance or consequence (from Latin, in- "non" signific─üre "signal") + finesse - skill in handling a difficult task; an artful maneuver (from Old French, fin "subtle, delicate")

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Great word! - Mustang, 2008-01-25: 16:58:00

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Spannerism

Created by: Dougalistic

Pronunciation: Span-ner-is-ummm

Sentence: "Gareth, everyone can just pick up a pencil and chuck it across a room, that is not 'unique' or clever at all. Your a tool, in fact that spannerism you just did proves my point. You buffoon.

Etymology: Spanner - Has 2 meanings. Main name refers to a tool mechanics use that is big and heavy. Can also be used as a derogative term to describe a stupid or retarded person. If you add ism to the end you are stating it is a condition or illness.

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COMMENTS:

I think it has three meanings! Brings to mind a limerick about a young "lady". Interesting word. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-01-25: 15:45:00

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