Verboticism: Chromotose

'I think you have worms...'

DEFINITION: n. A self-deprecating computer virus which is constantly changing its identity due to problems with its logic and/or self-confidence. v. To randomly change your tune, just so you can bug other people.

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Vermista

Created by: readerwriter

Pronunciation: verh-mihs-ta

Sentence: After it was exposed that Vermista was not the latest version of the world's largest computer operating system, its creators restructured and began growing the herb, Wormwood, and producing a remedy for intestinal worms they called Vermouthsta. When that failed they decided to produce a red dye and began breeding and then drying the bodies of the wood louse. They called it Vermilionista. After that failure, they thought about opening an Italian restaurant specializing in what they would call Vermicellista. But, alas, in the end they would not repent and on the Judgement Day they were sent to the place where "their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched."

Etymology: From VERMIS, the Latin for worm.

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metrohumanx I'm just mad about saffron.... - metrohumanx, 2009-04-01: 14:52:00

hahaha...this was great!! - mweinmann, 2009-04-01: 17:02:00

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Chameleonline

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: kam mee lee on lyne

Sentence: As if trying to learn and keep up with modern computer technology is not hard enough for older people, every now and then some punk, somewhere in the world, throws out a morphing virus or bug. These types change constantly and therefore are called chameleonline viruses. Maybe we will eventually have the technology to track these viral vandals down and make them pay for the inconvenience and damage done to other people's PC's. In our lifetime...

Etymology: Chameleon (lizard of Africa and Madagascar able to change skin color; a changeable or inconstant person) & Online (controlled by or connected to a computer(of an activity or service) available on or performed using the Internet or other computer network)

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Frozentagalong

Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: frozen/tag/a/long

Sentence: When Sally got her first computer it developed a virus that seemed to follow her wherever she went, corrupting any electronic functions. No matter how many times she changed her password it still caught her unawares. She referred to it as her frozentagalong.

Etymology: frozen tag ( a children's game where you can freeze a player by touching them) + tag along

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metrohumanx Mabye Sally should've used Babelfish to translate her password into TAGALONG! - metrohumanx, 2009-04-01: 14:53:00

"it still caught her unawares"< LOL!!! :) - abrakadeborah, 2009-04-01: 16:42:00

great word for those frozen screens that force you to tagalong ... until close the window and start over. - silveryaspen, 2009-04-01: 21:34:00

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Metamorviruse

Created by: silveryaspen

Pronunciation: met ah more veer ruse

Sentence: Of course, today being April 1, it is the day for the conficker virus to mutate and do its thing. No matter what we discover today, it will go down in history. Will it do so as one of the greatest April Fool's Day Johoax (jokes/ hoax) of this new century? Or for being the worst computer terminal illness ever caused by a metamorviruse?

Etymology: METAMORPHOSIS - to undergo marked or complete change. VIRUS - a corrupting, damaging computer program. RUSE - a clever plot or dirty trick that will deceive and take advange of others.

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Song of the day: Glow Worm !!! Glow little glow worm, glimmer, glimmer! Glow little glow worm shimmer, shimmer! Glow little glow worm, go go go ... and shall we have a beserking computer soon? My apologies for changing the last two lines! - silveryaspen, 2009-04-01: 01:01:00

great word Silvery - Jabberwocky, 2009-04-01: 14:37:00

the ruse is the thing....good word! - mweinmann, 2009-04-01: 17:02:00

Excellent! - splendiction, 2009-04-01: 21:44:00

Great word, silvery...it's a metaforgone conclusion that some tomfoolery happened today! - Nosila, 2009-04-01: 22:22:00

Great word....best of the day. - Mustang, 2009-04-02: 00:52:00

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Compupolymorphicmaladybug

Created by: btotheeck

Pronunciation: kom-pew-pol-lee-mor-fik-ma-lay-dee-bug

Sentence: Juan wanted to check on his fantasy basketball tourney standings when all of a sudden a compupolymaladybug appeared, went away, reappeared, and then changed his language settings to arabic and then back to english and then to greek and then offered coupons and then... well the list goes on and on, but in the end, he had given out his credit card info 5 times and signed up for free iPods and became completely sidetracked and missed the real basketball game.

Etymology: Compu- of or relating to computers, polymorphic- multiple changes, malady: an abnormal state, ladybug: an insect that is hard to determine whether or not it is in fact male or female (illustrates idea of confusion), bug: a type of computer glitch or fault that causes undesirable results.

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Awesome word Btotheeck! NOW we're talking :) - abrakadeborah, 2009-04-01: 16:03:00

Welcome! Like the ladybug at the end of your verbotomy. - silveryaspen, 2009-04-01: 21:16:00

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Fickon

Created by: kateinkorea

Pronunciation: FICK ON

Sentence: I heard a group of guys in the computer lab talking about making viruses. They were arguing over what they would call it, and they all had these clever names lined up one after another. I think these intellectual bullies should grow up and quit trying to complicate other people’s lives. So I stood up and told them that they should call their disasterpiece FICKON…named after the fickle, con artists that started it. To my chagrin I found out later that they liked the name because viruses changed often and they felt like they were pulling off a con.

Etymology: FICKLE: changing often and suddenly CONFICKER VIRUS: CON : a trick; an act of cheating

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Oh my! And if you don't like it you can just Fickoff???? - readerwriter, 2009-04-01: 10:11:00

Oh my is right! - kateinkorea, 2009-04-01: 10:47:00

Love the word and story, kate, and it isn't even a ficktional one! - Nosila, 2009-04-01: 22:25:00

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Illogicalrambugifications

Created by: abrakadeborah

Pronunciation: Ill-log-ik-cal-ram-bug-if-fi-k-shuns

Sentence: Calvinator from The Geek Squad had to make a house call for Kay's new Bestest Buyist computer. It appeared she had been surfing "illogicalrambugifications" sites that caused her new computer to get infected with a incurable virus.

Etymology: Illogical;Contradicting or disregarding the principles of logic. Ram;Random access memory. Bug;A pest. If;Used to introduce an exclamatory clause, indicating a wish. ications;(slang) Taken in part from "indications;"Something indicated as necessary or expedient.

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metrohumanx NICE word fusion. I LIKE it! - metrohumanx, 2009-04-01: 16:13:00

I agree. I like the fusion. - kateinkorea, 2009-04-02: 09:12:00

Hugs! Thank you both :) There's SO much creative talent on this site! - abrakadeborah, 2009-04-03: 04:03:00

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Bacillusvacillus

mrskellyscl

Created by: mrskellyscl

Pronunciation: ba-sil-us-va-sil-us

Sentence: The whole world was braced in anticipation of the dreaded basillusvacillus infection that was burrowing itself in random computers looking for their eharmony and twitter passwords and other sensitive information.

Etymology: Bacillus (virus) Vacillate (change, vary) Us (us)

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always enjoy a rhyme - makes it easier to remember and brings smiles much of the time - silveryaspen, 2009-04-01: 21:20:00

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Hackmasker

Created by: mweinmann

Pronunciation: hak + mask + ur

Sentence: When I brought up today's word in Verbotomy, I encountered a virulous hackmasker. I saw that I had to enter my credit card number to continue playing my beloved Verbotomy and if I did not, my hard drive would be immediately erased. What was this world coming to? But after performing scans for malware and trying to find the process that was driving this pesky "pop-up", I finally realized that it was just a mask for a real hack....

Etymology: Hack (fix a computer program piecemeal until it works) Hacker (In common usage, hacker is generic term for a computer criminal, often with a specific specialty in computer intrusion), Masker (One who wears a mask; one who appears in disguise) Also play on "taskmaster" (one who keeps others on task to complete a mission or project)except in this case, it is a masked hacker....without a pal named Tonto.

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excellent - Jabberwocky, 2009-04-01: 14:38:00

Sentence, etymology, word - all three are outstanding! - silveryaspen, 2009-04-01: 21:40:00

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Zigfrag

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: zigfræg

Sentence: Jim's computer is infected with a virus. He never knows how it will show up as it zigfrags its way through the operating system. He'll type a command, watch the spinner and see what happens this time. Yesterday it erased most of his family photos. Today it emailed a porn link to everybody in his address book. Can't wait to see what tomorrow brings.

Etymology: zigzag (with frequent sharp turns from side to side) + frag (fragment)

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