Verboticism: Craterape

'The seat broke, so I made a new one...'

DEFINITION: n. The creative, yet blatantly illegal use of plastic milk crates, and the latent fear of prosecution associated with this alleged crime. v. To create and build home furnishings using stolen milk crates.

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Cratefuldread

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: krayt full dred

Sentence: They lived on the creative edge. Milkmen and Dairies feared them and none were safe from their criminal activities. Although we now call it recycling, in those days they lived in cratefuldread of prosecution. They were the Dread Heads...

Etymology: Crateful (the quantity contained in a crate) & Dread (fearful expectation or anticipation; be afraid or scared of; be frightened of) & WordPLay on Grateful Dead (American Rock band fronted by Jerry Garcia in the 60's & 70's)

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Archilactotect

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: ark-eh-LAC-to-tekt

Sentence: Bertrand was a first class archilactotect and having unlimited access to serviceable milk crates he kept himself busy designing and creating many useful if somewhat questionable devices and structures.

Etymology: Blend of 'architect' (the deviser, maker, or creator of anything) and the prefix 'lacto' (a combining form meaning “milk,” used in the formation of compound words)

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love it - Jabberwocky, 2009-04-03: 12:30:00

Super! - silveryaspen, 2009-04-04: 09:00:00

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Pilforudderapplicrapt

metrohumanx

Created by: metrohumanx

Pronunciation: PILL-fer-UDDer-APP-lick-RAPT

Sentence: He scoffed at warnings on the side… And built his carport ten CRATES wide. Dairy agents came one day- The lacto-squad took him away… A prairie compound ring’d with wire- Would be his home till he’d expire! To inmates now he must adapt… He’s PILFORUDDERAPPLICRAPT. Despondent now he seeks a noose- Life is not life without moo juice.

Etymology: PILfer+FOR+UDDER(other)+APPLIcation+CRap+APT= PILFORUDDERAPPLICRAPT..... PILFER: steal ; especially : to steal stealthily in small amounts and often again and again;Middle French pelfrer, from pelfre booty [1548].....FOR: preposition-used as a function word to indicate purpose; Middle English, from Old English; akin to Latin per through, prae before, pro before, for, ahead, Greek pro, Old English faran to go.....UDDER(other):a large pendulous organ consisting of two or more mammary glands enclosed in a common envelope and each provided with a single nipple;Middle English, from Old English ūder; akin to Old High German ūtar udder, Latin uber, Greek outhar, Sanskrit ūdhar.....OTHER(udder): disturbingly or threateningly different ;Middle English, from Old English ōther; akin to Old High German andar other, Sanskrit antara.....APPLICATION:a use to which something is put; Middle English applicacioun, from Latin application-, applicatio inclination, from applicare .....CRAP: Something clearly inferior; British dialect crap, craps residue from rendered fat, from Middle English crappe, perhaps from Old French crappe chaff, residue, from Medieval Latin crappa.....APT: unusually fitted or qualified; Middle English, from Latin aptus, literally, fastened, from past participle of apere to fasten; akin to Latin apisci to grasp, obtain, apud near, Hittite ḫap- to attach.

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Metro, my dear...Have you Welsh blood in you...at 20 letters long, your words oft times remind me the Welsh names like Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyll-llantysiliogogogoch This is the name of a town in North Wales. The name translates as "The church of St. Mary in the hollow of white hazel trees near the rapid whirlpool by St. Tysilio's of the red cave" in Welsh, has long claimed the fame of having the longest name in the world. - Nosila, 2009-04-03: 23:45:00

metrohumanx Actually, i DO have a Welsh cousin...d'ya think that's a possibile metrolink? - metrohumanx, 2009-04-04: 00:27:00

metrohumanx First time i've seen a Hittite etymology. - metrohumanx, 2009-04-04: 00:29:00

LOL I'm French,Welsh,German,Irish :) We must be long cyllabalistic people Metro! LOL :) - abrakadeborah, 2009-04-04: 02:12:00

Breathing exercises are needed when you go for the long-'win'ded words! - silveryaspen, 2009-04-04: 09:17:00

Yep that's for sure and often misunderstood :) You're Grrrrrrrrreat! - abrakadeborah, 2009-04-17: 03:53:00

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Gocartons

Created by: silveryaspen

Pronunciation: go cart ons

Sentence: Con Taynor filched milk crates from the supermarkrate where he unloaded delivery trucks. He fabricrated appealing boox cases from the stolen milk crates and sold them at bargain rates. However, Con did not get rich until he put a seat, wheels, and an engine on one of those plastic milk crates, and made them into gocartons!

Etymology: To FABRICATE from CRATES = FABRICRATE. BOOKS in BOXES = a BOOX case. GO-CART made from a milk CARTON = GOCARTON. --- It was hard not to make fabricrate the chosen verbotomy, but there were/are already enough with crate in the etymology, so I went with gocarton.

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so many terrifc verbotomys today - excellent - Jabberwocky, 2009-04-03: 12:33:00

Excellent word, silvery...gocarton, gocarton, gocarton, go...sounds like a Beach Boys Anthem! - Nosila, 2009-04-04: 00:10:00

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Larcendairy

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: lärsəndərē

Sentence: When Jill went off to college she didn\'t go through the trauma that some of her friends did buying furniture and everything else that students need. She concentrated on her wardrobe and left the furniture to the larcendairy method. Bookshelves, computer desk & chair, even her bedframe was courtesy of the local convenience store.

Etymology: larceny (theft of personal property) + dairy (containing or made from milk)

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Moomentum

Created by: HighWitness

Pronunciation: moo-meant-um

Sentence: The moomentum movement wasted uncountable amounts of milk cartons, but on the bright side, new homes were constructed and everyone ate more chicken!

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Decorcrating

Created by: Nuwanda

Pronunciation: de-core-crate-ing

Sentence: Everyone who stopped by my studio apartment felt the need to comment on my decorcrating. And you could always tell the recent visitors by the telltale grid imprints on their behinds after spending some time on my milk crate bar stools. These beauties were milk crates turned upside down and mounted on heavy duty orange construction cones. Very classy.

Etymology: Decor and decorating modified to include crate.

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Good word and you should be on HGTV! - Nosila, 2009-04-03: 23:30:00

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Cratedenza

Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: crate/den/za

Sentence: Sam built a beautiful cratedenza in the dining room and filled it with antique glass.

Etymology: crate + credenza

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mrskellyscl nice one - mrskellyscl, 2009-04-03: 11:10:00

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Confiscreate

mrskellyscl

Created by: mrskellyscl

Pronunciation: con-fis-create

Sentence: Lorraine was aghast when she first saw her boyfriend's apartment and found that it was totally furnished with confiscreated milk crates. She wondered, "Should I be concerned that he's a klepto, or content that he's a creative cratecrafter?"

Etymology: Confiscate: steal;seize + create: build, compose

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terrific combo - Jabberwocky, 2009-04-03: 12:29:00

Great word, mrsk...he stole her heart, so why wouldn't he steal anything else??? - Nosila, 2009-04-03: 23:36:00

nice blending, too! - silveryaspen, 2009-04-04: 09:01:00

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Milkcratetivity

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: milk cray tet tiv ity

Sentence: His artisitic name was EggNog Au Lait and he was famous for his milkcratetivity. He was not from here...some said he was from the Milky Way. He had designed many pieces of furniture and other art from the lowly plastic milk crate. Every opportunity he stole them from retail and wholesale places, backyards and dumps. When their owners awoke to find them missing, they realized they were evaporated milk crates. The main reason Eggnog was gathering these plastic gems was that he badly wanted to win a world's record. Yes, he was going to create a life-size model of the Eiffel Tower entirely out of milk crates. He finally had enough and started erecting his structure. While he labored on it, a big time promoter offered to pay him for it when he had completed the job, so that he could display it outside his French Restaurant, which lay in a pasture....(which served French fries, French Dip & French Toast). When the structure was complete it was moved to the country, where people could see that the Tower was made from pasturized milk crates. Eggnog skimmed extra money from the project. When the promoter asked him what his profit margin was on milk crate designs, he said, "Oh, just 2%".

Etymology: Milk Crate (Milk crates are square or rectangular interlocking boxes made out of heavy-duty plastic that are used to transport milk and other products from dairies to retail establishments. These crates are often stolen for either personal use or for the plastic that they are made out of) & Creativity (the ability to create)

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heehee - galwaywegian, 2009-04-03: 05:19:00

good one - Jabberwocky, 2009-04-03: 12:35:00

you milked the story for all it was worth! Your whole verbotomy is Cream of the crop! - silveryaspen, 2009-04-04: 09:11:00

metrohumanx Blood-curdlingly punny! - metrohumanx, 2009-04-06: 01:20:00

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