Verboticism: Hardwarewear

'Tap-tap-tap and my hair falls out.'

DEFINITION: n., A wear mark, or shiny spot, which appears on a heavily used computer touch-pad, mouse or keyboard. v., To wear down or erode through repetitive clicking, tapping or poking.

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Compubuff

Created by: remistram

Pronunciation: kuhm-pyoo-buhf

Sentence: She compubuffed her keyboard so bright and shiny that she could almost she her reflection in each key.

Etymology: computer + buff (as in shine)

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Hardwarewear

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: Hard + ware + ware

Sentence: Merril's heavy handed use of his keyboard and mouse created an abundance of hardwarewear, leaving worn spots on the mouse buttons and many of the keyboard keys blank.

Etymology: Hardware and wear

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Nakey

Created by: giIIyp

Pronunciation:

Sentence: Which key is that? N? M? I never know, they are both so nakey.

Etymology: I do not know why, but I wear out the N and M keys - my naked keys.

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Fingeroded

thegoatisbad

Created by: thegoatisbad

Pronunciation: feVCn-gur-ode-ed

Sentence: Some folks have the "Midias touch"... well Kimberly has the hydrochloric acid touch. Maybe it was because she was heavy-handed in every sense of the word, or maybe because she used lemon juice as hand sanitizer. Whatever the reason, Kimberly's routine could be mapped through the fingeroded surfaces that enabled her daily life. These surfaces included the preset buttons of the only two radio stations she listed to while driving to work, the speed dial button calling QVC from her office phone, and the bald spot under her cat, button's, chin. "Oh, he doesn't mind," Kimberly explained "I saved him from a life of testing cosmetics. Never met a cat as obedient as Button."

Etymology: finger (you might have five of them on each hand) + eroded (worn away slowly)

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COMMENTS:

artr Nice combo! - artr, 2010-03-15: 07:15:00

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Callousnickoff

Created by: astorey

Pronunciation: Cal-us-nik-off

Sentence: Tony's superfast typing not only sounded like rapid gunfire, it also left little callousnickoffs all over her keyboard.

Etymology: Callous (skin made tough and thick through wear) + nick (an impression in a surface) + off, combined to sound like the kalishnikoff gun.

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COMMENTS:

metrohumanx Do you believe in the right to arm bears? I do :) - metrohumanx, 2008-10-17: 12:05:00

metrohumanx Very clever, Astorey! - metrohumanx, 2008-10-17: 12:06:00

Shoot! That's a good calibre word! - Nosila, 2008-10-17: 22:30:00

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Hypermouseration

Created by: mvandyke

Pronunciation: hyper-mouse-er-ation

Sentence: One could easily see the tell tale signs of 'hypermouseration' in Kathies work station.

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Keypetitive

Created by: Stevenson0

Pronunciation: kee/pet/i/tiv

Sentence: Because she didn't own a joystick, the letters 's' and 'l' disappeared from her keyboard because of the constant keypetitive tapping, clicking and pushing required by the computer game.

Etymology: KEYPETITIVE - from KEY (keyboard) + REPETITIVE (repeated over and over)

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COMMENTS:

metrohumanx wow. i remember joysticks. - metrohumanx, 2008-10-17: 12:18:00

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Created by: mplsbohemian

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Fingerwax

Created by: jkernen1

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Sentence: The keyboard appeared old and a thin layer of fingerwax had been applied.

Etymology: finger + wax

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Wornographic

Created by: lumina

Pronunciation: worn/u/graf/ic

Sentence: Once again Louise went to bed alone. Hugh had already been on the computer for two hours, and when she announced she was going to bed, with the hopes that he would join her, he only said, "Sleep tight my little raggamuffin." She had no idea what his facination with that machine was. She did NOT find it so intriguing. Other than a few emails from the Ladies Senior Bingo Extravaganzas, not much else interested her on that damn machine. Every "day after" Hugh spent most of the night online, the keyboard letters seemed to be even MORE faded, making it hard for Louise to answer Blanche over on 62nd Avenue. She was not a "by memory typist," but instead a "two finger pecker." Yes, Hughes pleasures had left their keyboard AND mouse, in an unsightly wornographic state.

Etymology: Do I really need to explain?? *giggle*

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wish I'd thought of that - very funny - Jabberwocky, 2008-10-17: 12:00:00

metrohumanx Good one, Lumie! - metrohumanx, 2008-10-17: 12:02:00

Wow! You guys are quick! I was just finishing up my editing of typos and things! Yeah...Hugh...reminds me of my sister's son, who is now 23 but was about 13 at the time...she would be in bed, and he was STILL on the computer. When she would shout from her bedroom, "You still on that thing?" he would calmly, say back, "Yeah Mom...I'm in the Christian chat room." *ha* When she told the hub and I that, we bit out tongues...almost to blood...ha...until we got in the car. :) - lumina, 2008-10-17: 12:13:00

Great word...me the cynic would have been very suspicious of a 13 year old boy in a Christian chat room...possible but unlikely! - Nosila, 2008-10-17: 22:20:00

metrohumanx Now he could claim he was verbotomizing. - metrohumanx, 2008-10-18: 06:43:00

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