Verboticism: Rudeoafnerdyev

'What do you think of my latest dance moves?'

DEFINITION: n. A person who, despite professional lessons and incessant practice, cannot dance without looking like a ruptured goose. v. To dance in an awkward or clumsy manner.

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Created by: robcrow

Pronunciation: be / nes

Sentence: After thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours of dance lessons, Jimmy finally surrendered to the fact he was a benes, and would never be able to dance in public without making a complete fool of himself.

Etymology: Benes - from the character Elaine Benes in the popular 1990's sitcom Seinfeld. Elaine was a terrible dancer even though she thought she was fantastic. Her dancing represented a goose or some sort of deformed or retarded animal movement. To see a clip visit:

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Created by: Stevenson0

Pronunciation: gaw/kee/trot

Sentence: Jenny hates going to weddings with Joe because he always wants to dance, but he can only gawkytrot his way around the dance floor.

Etymology: GAWKYTROT - from GAWKY (awkward; ungainly; clumsy) + FOXTROT (a dance in quadruple time; combines short and long and fast and slow steps in fixed sequences)


excellent - Jabberwocky, 2008-05-29: 10:23:00

Looks good to me - OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-30: 06:39:00


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Created by: petaj

Pronunciation: pah de dough

Sentence: Kenny was now firmly entrenched as a wallflower once he had been identified as a pasdedoh. His reputation for j j j jivegawking, sambungling, disco-verhegoesagain and tangoling had spread even to the lowliest of barn dances in the country surrounding his home town.

Etymology: pas de deux (dance for two esp. in ballet) + doh (exclamation of dismay)


didn't get it until I read the pronunciation - very funny - Jabberwocky, 2008-05-29: 10:25:00

petaj Yes a little cryptic on first look. But someone voted for it. - petaj, 2008-05-30: 03:27:00

Entertaining. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-30: 06:47:00


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Created by: mweinmann

Pronunciation: mam - bau - zau

Sentence: Sylvester did his best. He took lessons, he practiced and he watched famous dancers but all he could conjure up was the mambozo.

Etymology: mambo (a latin dance, similar in rhythm to the rumba), Bozo (a clown)


mrskellyscl Great! I read this to the husband and he did a spit-take with his coffee. LOL! - mrskellyscl, 2009-07-10: 09:42:00


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Created by: TJayzz

Pronunciation: Mess-oh-doh-blay

Sentence: Despite three and a half years ballroom dance lessons, Toby still resembled an emu with two left feet. His long suffering dance instructor had come to the conclusion that he was just a messodoble and there really was no hope.

Etymology: Mess, a state of confusion or difficuly + Pasodoble, a fast-paced ballroom dance based on a Latin American marching style. Origin, Spanish 'double step'. = Messodoble.


nice! - galwaywegian, 2008-05-29: 11:52:00


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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: hōkējōkē

Sentence: Harry is a born dancer. This is not to say he is any good at it, just that he has enthusiasm for it. His favorite form is the hokeyjokey. ”You put your right foot in. You put your right foot out. You put your right foot in while twitching all about”. More than once some well-meaning club goer has shoved a spoon in his mouth thinking he was experiencing a seizure.

Etymology: A play on hokey-pokey (a circle dance with a synchronized shaking of the limbs in turn) + joke (a person or thing that is ridiculously inadequate)

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Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: honks trot

Sentence: When Xander Gander entered the local dance contest, Dancing With The Scars, he lived up to his reputation as the worst dancer in town. Jangled tangos, sad sambas, cheesy cha cha chas, jittery jitterbugs, wacko waltzes and dismal discos were all part of his dance card. What should have been a fabulous foxtrot turned into a horrible honkstrot. The judges cried fowl. Xander had to fly south to escape the dishonor he had brought on the dance academy, Poultry in Motion.

Etymology: Honks (sound a goose makes) & Trot (a ballroom dance in quadruple time; combines short and long and fast and slow steps fixed sequences)

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Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: bossa noh noh

Sentence: he was a total bossanono, his foxtrot was more like a cowslip and his tango went

Etymology: bossanova no no

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Created by: Filthy

Pronunciation: \'wä-dəl-ˈwȯl(t)s

Sentence: Elaine is such a waddlewaltz that the band launched into "the chicken dance" when she got to the wedding reception.

Etymology: WADDLE (to move forward while swaying from side to side; to move like a fowl) + WALTZ (a ballroom dance in 3⁄4 time with strong accent on the first beat and a basic pattern of step-step-close). Unsteady, flailing performers of highly choreographed, dance routines at the Indiana State Fair were privately termed waddlewaltzes by the unforgiving judges. The word circulated in the world of dance, making an appearance on the national stage when a guest judge used the term to describe a contestant on the reality TV program "So you think you can dance".

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Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: poll tree sam ba

Sentence: At the Gizzard's wedding, Vi was a bridesmaid and was forced to dance with the best man, the obnoxious Tom, who was drunk on Grey Goose Vodka. She was mortified when he dragged her up to do the Chicken Dance and everyone in the room stopped what they were doing to take a gander at his poultrysamba style of twerpsichore. He had no trouble getting "down" but he kept honking for Vi to get him back up. That's when he start calling her his little Viagra. When the seemingly endless dance mercifully was over, Tom goosed Vi and she in turn clipped his "wings". Of course, this was caught on video and is now all over the Web!

Etymology: Poultry (a domesticated gallinaceous bird though to be descended from the red jungle fowl) & Samba (a lively ballroom dance from Brazil) & Play on Paltry Sum (not worth considering)


-great details for a fresh chicken dance! - splendiction, 2009-07-10: 23:40:00

I know it is cornish, but fowl play is the aim! - Nosila, 2009-07-11: 01:38:00


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