Verboticism: Critterchat

'When I look into your big green eyes...'

DEFINITION: n. A person who insists that lower life forms (fish, clams, cephalopods, reptiles, or insects) can be affectionate pets and excellent watchdogs. v. To talk to an animal who can't possibly understand a single word you're saying.

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Foolittle

Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: foo lit el

Sentence: the truth be known she was more foolittle than Doolittle, but the bugs never complained.

Etymology: doolittle, fool

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Chirpet

Created by: splendiction

Pronunciation: chur PET

Sentence: They often chirpetted to Violet (their pet Afican Violet), "You look beautiful today", in soft crooning voices.

Etymology: chirpet v. to talk to or vocalize soothingly to one's pet. From: "chirp" v. to happily speak/a sound a bird makes and from "pet" v. to stroke an animal to promote happiness in both the owner and, presumably, the pet.

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Animalculinguist

Created by: readerwriter

Pronunciation: an-eh-mal-kyu-ling-gwist

Sentence: Dr. Anthea Pod was shocked when she received the letter cutting off her government funding. For years she had been known as the world's foremost animalculinguist. For over 40 years she had been celebrated as the authority and researcher of the languages of small or microscopic organisms. At long last, her book, Tiny Talkers: Languages of the Hidden Ones, was about to be published by the University of California at Berkeley. "Why, oh, why," she cried out in her laboratory. But, she knew who could comfort her. She knew who heard her. She knew who would always be there for her.

Etymology: From ANIMALCULE, a very small or microscopic organism + LINGUIST, one who specializes in languages

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COMMENTS:

-great word & sentence/narrative! - splendiction, 2009-01-28: 16:21:00

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Critterchat

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: KRIT-ehr-chat

Sentence: Thelmalou shamelessly engaged in critterchat with her pets, small wild animals and any other kinds of creatures she encountered believing with all her heart that they truly understood her.

Etymology: Blend of 'critter' (any animal) and 'chat' (idle talk) , word play based loosely on the word chitchat

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Insectitied

Created by: TJayzz

Pronunciation: in-sek-tee-tyd

Sentence: Shelley felt she had been born with insectitied as from a very young age, while all her friends screamed at the mere sight of a six-legged creature, she felt compelled to pick it up and talk to it like an old friend. It didn't matter what it was a spider, a beetle, even a woodlouse would get the tender touch.

Etymology: Insect(a small invertabrate animal) + Tied(to be in harmony with something) = Insectitied

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Petofeel

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: pet o feel

Sentence: Magenta was a petofeel. She developed unnatural emotional bonds with insects. In high school, she was voted Moth Likely to Succeed. She won many spelling Bees during her final Termite at College. With her sister pregnant, she was soon to become an Ant. Although she was born a WASP, she became a Praying Mantis. She had once been married, but he turned out to be a Louse. She enjoyed all kinds of Grub and when she had to travel she preferred to Fly. At school dances, she often performed the Worm, especially to old Beetles music. She'd been known to enjoy a Roach or two. Many times she just wanted to Flea when people started to Bug her. She was an Aphid supporter of Butterfly gardens and also enjoyed Cricket. At the local bar, she would always order a Grasshopper and her computer was equipped with a Spider program, on the world-wide Web. She admired Ladybird Johnson and her greatest fear was having the exterminator crawl up her driveway. We could tell you more about her, but we'd hate to Drone on...

Etymology: Pet (a domesticated animal kept for companionship or amusement; preferred above all others and treated with partiality) & Feel (undergo an emotional sensation) & rhymes with pedophile (love of children, literally, but more sinister)

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COMMENTS:

Such fun bugfoonery! Top notch! - silveryaspen, 2009-01-28: 22:13:00

Magenta had bugs in her belfry. Good word! - Mustang, 2009-01-28: 23:43:00

had lots of fun reading this....clever. - mweinmann, 2009-01-30: 00:00:00

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Bugwhisperer

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: bəgwɪspərər

Sentence: Julie liked to think of herself as a bugwhisperer. When a bug came into her house, she would try to talk to it, trying to convince it to leave peacefully. The fact that this never worked didn't seem to alter her approach. Her friends began to think her a bit buggy.

Etymology: bug (a small insect) + whisperer (one who speaks softly) A play off of the Dog Whisperer

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nice - galwaywegian, 2009-01-28: 11:04:00

has great appeal ... like a whispered secret! - silveryaspen, 2009-01-28: 22:22:00

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Zanynatter

Created by: silveryaspen

Pronunciation: zay nee nat ter

Sentence: "Fishy, Fishy, in the aquarium, it is home to you I come. Let me tell you 'bout my day. I'll feed you, while I have my say. I can tell by your eyes, the gossip shared was a surprise. Ahhhh! How you pucker your lips sweetly, and blow bubbly kisses to me." Nettie cooed to her neon tetras. Her husband shook his head and muttered, " Zanynatter, Nettie."

Etymology: ZANY, NATTER. NATTER - to talk about not very serious matters, often rapidly and at length and sometimes in an irritating way. ZANY - to be strangely entertaining in an amusing and unusual clownish and foolish way.

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Zooboon

Created by: kateinkorea

Pronunciation: ZOO boon

Sentence: When I was a young girl my boon companions were the girls in the Smith family next door, but now my zooboon companions are from every family in the animal kingdom. My mother came in once and found us napping in a zoobooning position and she forbid me from having them in my bed anymore. I don't know what the big deal was.

Etymology: ZOO: related to animals BOON (companions): blessed or jolly companions, something to be grateful for

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Critterchat

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: CRIT-ehr-chat

Sentence: Marylou shamelessly engaged in critterchat with her pets, small wild animals and any other kinds of creatures she encountered believing with all her heart that they truly understood her.

Etymology: Blend of critter and chat, word play based loosely on the word chitchat

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COMMENTS:

I must stop critterchattering too! - great word! - splendiction, 2009-01-28: 16:24:00

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