Verboticism: Frozentagalong

'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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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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COMMENTS:

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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Chameleonparkerbowles

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: kam eel leon par ker bolz

Sentence: Our computer at work has been hit by a new virus or worm. There was no warning beforehand...it just popped up Wednesday. It seems to change direction constantly...one minute all your e-mails disappear, next minute you get them back, plus ones that really belong in the director's computer. Oh well, it was not our fault the virus unloaded some very entertaining reading for us. Apparently the same rules forbidding personal use of the computer do not apply to the boss. Who knew he'd had a passionate, also married, girlfriend on the side for over 30 years? With graphic pictures? We've dubbed the virus a chameleonparkerbowles. It's going to be a royal pain for him when Mrs. Director finds out. Maybe this would be a good time to leverage this new knowledge vis-a-vis a raise to silence the troops? His mother is also going to crown him when she finds out. Without our raise, she too may get a mysterious e-mail, with pictures. And someday her Prints may come...

Etymology: Chameleon (a changeable or inconstant person; a lizard that can change to the colour of its surroundings) & Camilla Parker-Bowles (famous "other woman" who carried on a torrid affair with Prince Charles for over 30 years, even while he had married another. Since Diana, his ex expired, he has married his true love...why the heck didn't he do it in the first place??)

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COMMENTS:

We crown thee queen of the pun! Thanks for the royal laughter! Mega-nificent! - silveryaspen, 2009-04-01: 01:11:00

yes, why didn't he - truth to your word - splendiction, 2009-04-01: 21:46:00

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Chromotose

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: KROME-eh-tose

Sentence: Luckily for Miranda the virus that had infected her unprotected computer was basically chromotose, it's underlying logic distorted and it was basically a dormant program that devolved rather than evolving.

Etymology: Blend of 'chromosome' (One of the minute bodies into which the chromatin of the nucleus is resolved during mitotic cell division) and 'comatose' (in a state of deep and usually prolonged unconsciousness; unable to respond to external stimuli)

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COMMENTS:

Thought you also were referring to "chrome", the new google browser!! - mweinmann, 2009-04-01: 16:59:00

Great word! - Nosila, 2009-04-01: 22:29:00

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Wormonger

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: woor monger

Sentence: Sally had inadvertantly loaded up the new wormonger virus by entering a contest online. So much for their viral security promises. Every time she tried to capture and elimiate it, it changed yet again. By the time the wormonger was done, Sally wondered how she could wriggle out of this one...

Etymology: Worm (a person who has a nasty or unethical character undeserving of respect; a software program capable of reproducing itself that can spread from one computer to the next over a network) & Monger (someone who purchases and maintains an inventory of goods to be sold) & WORDPLAY on Warmonger (a person who advocates war or warlike policies)

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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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Morphection

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: môrfekshən

Sentence: Allen’s life became a nightmare when his computer was beset by a morphection. This nasty little gremlin would alter its function every day. On Monday the chime that announced new e-mail was replaced by the theme from Green Acres. On Tuesday anything he tried to put in the trash was rejected by Oscar the Grouch. Wednesday brought with it a multitude of NSFW images to his desktop background. Thursday’s treat was a pop-up advertising Viagra that wouldn’t be deleted because it floated around the screen just ahead of the cursor. Friday was the scariest of all. When he opened his backpack to retrieve his laptop, Allen’s ThinkPad had replaced itself with a Commodore C64. AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!

Etymology: morph (to change from one form to another) + infection (the presence of a virus in, or its introduction into, a computer system)

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Zigfrag

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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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Bacillusvacillus

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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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Mubugtate

Created by: remistram

Pronunciation: mew-bug-tait

Sentence: People who mubugtate at parties always end up alone and locked in the bathroom either vomiting or counting the bathroom tiles. Computers who mubugtate at parties always end up being crashed through the window or locked in the bathroom vomiting.

Etymology: mutate + bug (as in virus, and to annoy)

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