Verboticism: Conservascam

'Instead of replacing our old light bulbs...'

DEFINITION: n. An environmentally friendly program or product which does not live up to expectations. v. To try to save the planet by buying something green only to find out that it's just a load of bunk.

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Whattage

Created by: mweinmann

Pronunciation: Wat + aj

Sentence: Although Donna pledged to help the "green" movement by buying products that were supposed to last longer, she found that she often had a whattage problem. Either the bulbs did not give her enough light or they were more environmentally unfriendly to dispose of then the ones she used before.

Etymology: What? and Wattage

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COMMENTS:

Fits right into the cartoon! Well done! - silveryaspen, 2009-03-20: 21:12:00

Whatt Whit! - Nosila, 2009-03-20: 23:06:00

I like it. - kateinkorea, 2009-03-21: 00:22:00

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Environmentalies

Created by: EpicButCrazy

Pronunciation: en-vire-oh-ment-al-eyes

Sentence: The program to reuse light bulbs was just a heap of environmentalies. People soon found that they got no light from burnt-out bulbs.

Etymology: environmentalize + lies

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Conservascam

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: con-ser-VAY-scam

Sentence: Willard had just made the first payment on the water recovery and power saver program he bought from the door to door salesman when he began to realize it was really a conservascam and the worst part was his wife, Wilma, sneering and reminding him she'd tried to steer him away from the slick talking salesman.

Etymology: Blend of conserve and scam, play on the word 'conservation'.

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COMMENTS:

Good word. - kateinkorea, 2009-03-21: 00:41:00

Great word! Like the sentence - splendiction, 2009-03-21: 16:47:00

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Scamwow

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: skæmwaʊ

Sentence: The late-night pitchman made the knockoff absorbent towel sound like the answer to almost all of Jerry's "being-green" concerns. He would never need to buy paper towels again saving hundreds of trees. He could scrub surfaces clean without using cleaning chemicals. It turned out to be a scamwow moment when he read the disclaimers on the packaging and found out that the warranty was limited to occasional use only (once a month) and that it was made from the hides of several endangered species.

Etymology: scam (a confidence game or other fraudulent scheme) + Shamwow (brand of absorbent towel sold via infomercial)

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Misgreened

Korinne

Created by: Korinne

Pronunciation:

Sentence: Clearly, I was misgreened when they said spiral energy saving bulbs would provide warm mood lighting for my dinner date.

Etymology: misled, misguided

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Ecofarsology

Created by: rombus

Pronunciation: eko fars ahl ogee

Sentence: Brian read about the new movement to save the planet. There were stickers on products that were "touted" as environmentally friendly. Some of them cost more but promised to either last longer or be more friendly to the environment. After using some of these products, Brian was wondering whether it was all a bunch of ecofarsology.

Etymology: Ecological and Farse

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COMMENTS:

Excellent! - silveryaspen, 2009-03-20: 09:49:00

Terrific word. - Mustang, 2009-03-20: 21:34:00

Good word. - kateinkorea, 2009-03-21: 00:39:00

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Ecocentrick

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: ekōsentrik

Sentence: Megacorp announced that they were launching a green initiative. Every employee was issued a recycle bin and with a list of what could and could not be placed in these receptacles. They went so far as to suggest that employees could be fined if caught not following the program. All of this turned out to be an ecocentrick when it was discovered that the new bins were being dumped into the same dumpster as the regular trash.

Etymology: ecocentric (a point of view that recognizes the ecosphere, rather than the biosphere, as central in importance) + trick (a cunning or skillful act or scheme intended to deceive or outwit someone)

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Ecorrobbery

Created by: BoltonAlan

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Geothermalware

petaj

Created by: petaj

Pronunciation: gee-o-therm-MAL-ware

Sentence: Filled with despair at the increasing size of his carbon footprint, Henry was demoralised when her recognized that his brand new, self-contained, domestic power station was in fact geothermalware.

Etymology: geothermal (power sourced from the heat of the earth) + malware (malicious software) + mal (bad) + ware (something bought)

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COMMENTS:

well done! - galwaywegian, 2009-03-20: 06:18:00

Great blending! - silveryaspen, 2009-03-20: 21:11:00

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Bozone

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: bo zone

Sentence: Manny's invention of unlights was a typical example of a bozone...something which had good intentions, butr failed to meet needs.

Etymology: Bozo (clown name, foolish person) & Ozone (the action of ultraviolet radiation on oxygen in the stratosphere (where it acts as a screen for ultraviolet radiation, which is being eroded by greenhouse affect)

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