Verboticism: Robtomist

'Look I found a pretty flower.'

DEFINITION: v. To see joy and beauty where others only see complications, trouble and weeds. n. A moment of delight which dissipates as soon as it is shared.

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Pollyanntidote

Created by: Tigger

Pronunciation: /pol-ee-ANN-ti-doht/

Sentence: Although little Valerie exhibited a constant love of life, and an exuberance for discovering beauty in even the most mundane things which was almost infectious, her older sister, Sharon, was immune to such charming behavior, and she would almost always attempt to deter Valerie's optimism with her version of a Pollyanntidote. So when Valerie tried to show Sharon how the broken bottle she'd found made the prettiest little rainbows on the sidewalk, Sharon said, "Does it still do that when it's all covered with blood?" Valerie put the bottle down but, undeterred, she looked around, spotted a butterfly, and promptly went running off after it. Sharon thought she spotted a patch of poison ivy in the direction that Valerie was heading, and she idly wondered if a big, itchy rash might curb some of her sister's enthusiasm.

Etymology: Pollyanna - an excessively or blindly optimistic person (in allusion to the influential novel "Pollyanna" about an inspiringly cheerful little girl) + Antidote - a remedy or counteragent (from Greek, antidoton "given as a remedy")

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COMMENTS:

great word tigger - Jabberwocky, 2008-03-31: 12:50:00

Excellent verboticism. Very descriptive and fun to say. - Mustang, 2008-03-31: 23:12:00

Great bit of thinking. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-04-01: 00:15:00

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Dandelionize

Created by: Jamagra

Pronunciation: dan/dee/li/on/ize

Sentence: Depending on which of her friends you talked to, Leslie's tendency to dandelionize every situation made her either naive or optomistic.

Etymology: dandelion - plant commonly perceived as a weed, but good in salads and wine lionize -to treat as a celebrity

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Naiviewte

Created by: arrrteest

Pronunciation: nah-eevyoo-tey

Sentence: Marissa was a typically cruel sister. Whenever Jennie stopped by to show her something that fascinated her, Marissa was quick to throw the kabosh on her enthusiasm. Yet, Jennie's naiviewte was unstoppable. She never ceased to find the world around her amazing.

Etymology: naïveté, from French(of being simple) + view (looking at)

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way to go Jennie - Jabberwocky, 2008-03-31: 12:51:00

Sounds good to me! - OZZIEBOB, 2008-04-01: 00:16:00

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Floptimist

Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: flopp ta misssst

Sentence: When life gives you lemons...make a scrunched up face, she added floptimistically

Etymology: optimistic flop

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Unjoyment

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: əndʒɔɪmənt

Sentence: The bad news is that a child’s life can be filled with moments of unjoyment. Some of the biggest are when they try to share great discoveries with adults. The white cardboard telescopes you found in your mom’s bathroom trashcan... how excited the dog gets when you rub certain parts of his tummy... Others moments need no adult intervention at all to quash the fun. Discovering that semi-sweet chocolate is a lie... that amusement park really means scare the bejesus out of you... that you are NOT the next Tony Hawk... The good news is that eventually get to become an adult and can start helping your kids unjoy their lives.

Etymology: un (denoting the absence of a quality or state; not) + enjoyment (take delight or pleasure in an activity or occasion)

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COMMENTS:

karenanne "White cardboard telescopes" - good one - I laughed out loud! - karenanne, 2010-06-07: 22:10:00

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Blissmourn

kashman

Created by: kashman

Pronunciation: blees-mourn

Sentence: Amy had a long chat with super-cute Ryan after Miss Morgan's History class. Amy was delighted and came home feeling all giddy because she had a crush on Ryan since Hayden broke up with her few months ago. She excitedly went to her sister April's room (who was an year senior) and told her about Ryan, but April started laughing and told Amy that Ryan only date guys. Hearing this Amy suffered from a strong feeling of blissmourn and her romantic dreams about Ryan were squashed.

Etymology: Bliss (complete happiness) + Mourn (express feeling of grief after a loss)

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COMMENTS:

Good word! - OZZIEBOB, 2008-04-01: 00:27:00

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Happydamper

Created by: toadstool57

Pronunciation: hap-pE-camp-per

Sentence: Bob isn't a happydamper as Jill told hom his green lush garden is just a huge crop of skunk grass.

Etymology: happy camper/ damper

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Serendumpity

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: Ser - un - DUMP - it -ee

Sentence: Thinking she was spreading great joy only to receive criticism for her choices, little Helga experienced a sudden sadness and severe pangs of serendumpity.

Etymology: Blend of serendipity and 'dumps' or state of sadness.

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COMMENTS:

great blend - Jabberwocky, 2008-03-31: 12:53:00

Excellent. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-04-01: 00:14:00

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Blissipate

Created by: OZZIEBOB

Pronunciation: BLIS-uh-peyt

Sentence: As rainclouds fade away to distant horizons, only the waterless desert blissipates at its sandy dunes.

Etymology: BLISS :Middle English blisse, from Old English bliss, from blīths, from blīthe, joyful; -_SIPATE:from L. sipatus, pp. of (dis)sipare "disperse, squander, disintegrate, cause to vanish" + supare "to throw, scatter about."

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COMMENTS:

very poetic - Jabberwocky, 2008-03-31: 12:53:00

Great word Oz! - purpleartichokes, 2008-03-31: 14:05:00

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Pollynannasecond

karenanne

Created by: karenanne

Pronunciation: pah lee NAN ah sek und

Sentence: There was that moment, that brief wonderful Pollynannasecond, between the time she reached for the hundred-dollar-bill she found on the street and the moment she saw the truck bearing down upon her, in which she exclaimed into her cell phone to her friend, "Dreams really do come true, and tomorrow I'll finally be able to spend just a little money on a treat for myself!..."

Etymology: nanosecond + Pollyanna (a fictional girl who was unstoppably and, some say, insufferably cheerful and optimistic)

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