Verboticism: Animalculinguist

'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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Interviewterbrate

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: in ter vu ter brayt

Sentence: Clara always spoke to her pets and whatever critters came into her yeard. She would interviewterbrate them for hours, despite the fact they could not understand her. Many of her neighbors just found her to be plain crazy.

Etymology: Interview (discuss with or ask questions) & Invertebrate (species lacking a backbone, hence thought to be of a lesser order)

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Chatterpillar

Created by: mweinmann

Pronunciation: chat - ter - pill - ur

Sentence: Daphne loved butterflys and, each year, would just wait until they appeared in her garden so that she could sit in her favorite chair and watch them fly around. She felt an almost magical quality inhabited her garden when they there. This year, she decided to "tip the scales" in her favor by befriending the caterpillars that would soon be transformed. Each day, she would crawl around in her garden looking for them. When she saw one, she would engage in chatterpillar with each one of them, beseaching them to make her garden their "forever" home.....

Etymology: Chatter + Caterpillar >> Chatter (speak rapidly and incessantly) Caterpillar (worm-like larva of various insects, especially butterflies and moths)

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COMMENTS:

nice - galwaywegian, 2009-01-28: 13:43:00

cute - Jabberwocky, 2009-01-28: 13:48:00

Love it! - TJayzz, 2009-01-28: 13:56:00

You have metamorphosized a great word! - Nosila, 2009-01-28: 19:35:00

appeals to the child in me as well as the adult ... fun creation! - silveryaspen, 2009-01-28: 22:27:00

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Chatnimal

Created by: abrakadeborah

Pronunciation: chat-ni-mal

Sentence: Ellie would chatimal to anything that moved. She thought that all bugs and animals understood her strange language.

Etymology: Chat - To talk. An(imal)- Taken from part of the word animal.

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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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Grinvertebrate

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: grin ver teb rayt

Sentence: Cynthia loved her pet caterpillar so much and found that his antics made her smile. She called him her little grinvertebrate because he ade her smile. She was brokenhearted when one day he curled up in a leaf and would not listen to her prattling. And then one day, he came out and turned into a beautiful butterfly and flew out the window to migrate to Mexico. My next pet won't be into metamorphosis, she thought...

Etymology: Grin (smile) & Invertebrate (any living creature lacking a backbone or spinal column)

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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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Socialicing

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: sōshəlīs

Sentence: To say that Mary is lonely is an understatement. One of her few friends told her that a pet might be a good idea. The problem is that she can\'t afford a traditional one. Instead she has adopted some tiny little friends. She discovered them when she scratched her head. When she looks like she is talking to herself she is really socialicing.

Etymology: socialize (mix socially with others) + lice (small, wingless, parasitic insects that live on the skin of mammals and birds)

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Doctorfoolittle

Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: sdok tor fooooo lit illllll

Sentence: Her last doctorfoolittle moment came to a painful end for both parties when she was trying to listen to the whisperings of Viggy, her pet earwig.

Etymology: doctor doolittle, fool

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COMMENTS:

ooh - gives me goosebumps - Jabberwocky, 2009-01-28: 13:49:00

Superb pun! - silveryaspen, 2009-01-28: 22:02:00

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Dummunication

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: duh-myoo-ni-key-shuhn

Sentence: Cindy has a pet spider. She talks to it all the time. This would be dummunication because spiders don't have ears.

Etymology: dumb (lacking intelligence or good judgment; stupid; dull-witted) + communication (the imparting or interchange of thoughts, opinions, or information by speech, writing, or signs)

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Bugwhisperer

artr

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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