Verboticism: Perfiction

'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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Nackworst

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: nak worst

Sentence: Little Eddie's Mother, Edna, always doted on him. She saw everything he did as a special talent, even though most other people could do it much better. The doctor told her to control what Eddie ate, since he was growing more wider than taller every year. But how could she, when the child had an absolute gift for cleaning up his plate (and other peoples') to make any mother or cook feel proud? Little Eddie's Nackworst was pigging out and as she always said, "Losing was for losers!"

Etymology: Nack (anyone else has a Knack,a special way of doing something, but Eddie was special!) & Worst (not the best at something; the weakest effort or poorest achievement one is capable of) & rhymes with Knackwurst (short thick highly seasoned sausage)

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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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Mungift

Created by: tumblebehr

Pronunciation:

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Chompitence

Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: chomp/i/tenss

Sentence: Chris' chompitence was to chew food in perfect time to the music being played in the restaurant.

Etymology: chomp + competence

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COMMENTS:

Haha, awesome! - Banky, 2008-01-25: 11:07:00

terrific! - gundlefinger, 2008-01-25: 19:47:00

Absolutely brilliant! Sounds like Chris is a "glutton for nourishment". Wonder if there's a lingering malady somewhere in his chonkey head!? - OZZIEBOB, 2008-01-25: 15:22:00

Another great creation by changing just one letter ... very clever again! - silveryaspen, 2008-01-25: 21:58:00

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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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Chompitence

Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: chomp/i/tense

Sentence: Chris' chompitence was to chew food in perfect time to the music being played in the restaurant.

Etymology: chomp + competence

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COMMENTS:

Excellent - TJayzz, 2008-11-18: 07:49:00

Very good - OZZIEBOB, 2008-11-19: 16:44:00

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Toolfoolery

Created by: bananabender

Pronunciation: tool-foo-luh-ree

Sentence: When Dirk returned from his handyhelp expedition at their elderly neighbour's house beating his chest about changing a light bulb for them, Marla raced for one of her sedatives so she could calmly endure his latest bout of toolfoolery.

Etymology: TOMFOOLERY: something trivial or foolish. TOOL: any instrument of manual operation.

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Exaggerflaunt

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: ecks-ADJ-er-flont

Sentence: Dexter is actually a very bland, nondescript sort, and lacking perception skills he will repeatedly exaggerflaunt his minimal capabilities in an effort to promote his own self worth.

Etymology: Blend of 'exaggerate' (to magnify beyond the limits of truth; overstate; represent disproportionately) and 'flaunt' (to parade or display oneself conspicuously, defiantly, or boldly)

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metrohumanx Coldly accurate and funny! - metrohumanx, 2008-11-19: 20:12:00

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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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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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