Verboticism: Badjustments

'Why did you tell the cleaners to come so early?'

DEFINITION: n. Redundant and often clumsy preparations made before meeting with a "professional" -- like a hairdresser, dentist or cleaning lady. v. To prepare for a meeting with a professional by trying to hide the fact that you desperately need their services.

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Slicandsham

Created by: kateinkorea

Pronunciation: SLIC and SHAM

Sentence: Occasionally my wife uses a cleaning service when she is really busy and she needs the place especially clean for some special event she is putting on. Every time she wants the place spic and span clean, we have to go through a slicandsham process to impress the cleaners.

Etymology: play on SPIC-AND-SPAN: a household cleaner; and also meaning immaculately clean, spotless and SLICK: done or made in a way that is clever and efficient but often does not seem to be sincere SHAM: a situation, feeling, system etc. that is not as good or true as it seems

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COMMENTS:

nice word - Jabberwocky, 2009-03-26: 12:36:00

Slic word! - Nosila, 2009-03-26: 17:21:00

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Badjustments

Created by: splendiction

Pronunciation: bad just ments

Sentence: Slovenlee dipped into the washroom to primp up his eyebrows with a dab of brilcreme before entering the salon; his badjustments, however, didn’t fool any of the salonspatitians. That brow was out of control!

Etymology: From bad and adjustments: adjustments made to impress gone wrong.

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Nervicecall

Created by: Nuwanda

Pronunciation: Nur-vis-call

Sentence: "They've seen it all" I kept telling myself as I frantically added bromide to the hot tub and scrubbed at the scum ring along the top. My husband, while taunting me for my extensive preparations for the nervicecall from the spa guy, was spotted surreptiously hosing out the filter.

Etymology: Service call combined with nervous.

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LOL! Too funny :) It makes a LOT of sense! You have my vote! - abrakadeborah, 2009-03-26: 16:38:00

This is so very clever!! - mweinmann, 2009-03-26: 17:17:00

Good! - kateinkorea, 2009-03-26: 21:16:00

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Primpemptive

Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: primp/em/tiv

Sentence: As a primpemtive strike before heading off to her hair colourist Sally dyes any telltale roots.

Etymology: primp + preemptive

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No fool like an old fool ... perfiction! - silveryaspen, 2009-03-26: 10:07:00

perfect word... - mweinmann, 2009-03-26: 17:17:00

Sally knows how to get to the root of the problem. Great word! - Mustang, 2009-03-26: 22:09:00

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Bufferidge

Created by: rickrichards1

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Fauxlishness

Created by: readerwriter

Pronunciation: foh-lihsh-nehs

Sentence: Fulvia's life was full of fauxlishness. Not only did she dye her roots before going to the hairdressers and blame the Care Bears for her immaculate house when the cleaning lady arrived, but she had two dentists and two spiritual confessors in two different cities.

Etymology: Using FAUX, meaning fake or artificial + a play on FOOLISHNESS, meaning a lack of good sense or judgement

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heheh - galwaywegian, 2009-03-26: 08:55:00

Funny! - kateinkorea, 2009-03-26: 09:21:00

Excellent word! - splendiction, 2009-03-26: 21:17:00

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Remuddle

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: re-MUDL

Sentence: As always, Darryl hated going to the barber since he knew he'd receive some good natured jibes about his thinning hair, so he once again set out to remuddle his hairdo in an effort to hide the balding areas.

Etymology: Based on 'muddle' (to mix up in a confused or bungling manner; jumble) with prefix 're-' (to do again)...a play on the word 'remodel.

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Wifeswabbing

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: wyfe swab bing

Sentence: Marla was racing around cleaning every nook and cranny in her large home. She had been at it for 2 days and had swept, vaccuumed, dusted, scrubbed, washed and sanitized every surface in her home, until it sparkled. Her husband Jerry came home and was bemused to find her toiling away so hard. "Isn't the new cleaner coming this afternoon?" he asked puzzedly. "Yes, and I have to rush to finish all this before she gets here". "Why is our home getting such a thorough wifeswabbing when a cleaner is on her way? Isn't that redundant?" he asked innocently. "You don't understand...she was recommended by Simone Smith from the Country Club and I cannot have her finding us the way we really live and tattling back to the ladies at the Club about what slobs we are. It is a matter of home pride! Besides, at $200 an hour it would cost us about a grand every week to have her do the real work!" Jerry thought this over and then asked, "What can I do to help before she gets here?"

Etymology: Wife (female spouse) & Swabbing (cleaning/scrubbing with a mop) & play onm Wife Swapping (what swingers do...trading spouses for a night, wink wink, nod, nod)

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COMMENTS:

Hilarious! - kateinkorea, 2009-03-26: 09:23:00

(grin grin) it's a win win word! - silveryaspen, 2009-03-26: 10:11:00

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Forexperfix

Created by: remistram

Pronunciation: four-x-per-fix

Sentence: Trudie forexperfixed her house right before the cleaning lady came, and soon realized that after her cleaning lady finished, her house seemed dirtier than before.

Etymology: fore + expert + fix

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Desperablution

Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: dess perr ab loo shun

Sentence: she was so tired from her desperablutions, she fell into a trancindental state during the interview and agreed to pay the cleaner more than she earned herself.

Etymology: desperation, ablutions

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