Verboticism: Dumbskill

'You mean, it's okay if I'm a totally obsessive-compulsive neat freak?'

DEFINITION: v. To suddenly discover that your most troublesome personality defect, for which you have been taking medication and/or therapy, is actually your greatest asset. n. A perceived weakness which is actually a strength.

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Ephobany

Created by: weyrlady

Pronunciation: e-fo-ban-e

Sentence: It was such an ephobany to realize he actually loved me for my friggatriskaidekaphobia.

Etymology: A combination of "epiphany" and "phobia".

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Faultitude

Created by: remistram

Pronunciation: fawlt-it-tood

Sentence: She displayed her stalking practices daily with her staff, sneaking up behind them, checking her watch each time she saw them away from their cubicles chit chatting with coworkers. This behaviour became her faultitude and discovered she should become a private investigator.

Etymology: fault (flaw, imperfection) + fortitude (mental and emotional strength when facing difficulty, adversity)

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Flawntit

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Created by: petaj

Pronunciation: flawnt-it

Sentence: Cherie really started marketing herself when she realised her flawntit gave her an oddvantage over the other candidates.

Etymology: flaw + If you've got it flaunt it.

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Babblon

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: babəlän

Sentence: Little Johnny Madden was a slow learner. He didn’t speak in full sentences til long after his play pals but once he started there was no stopping him. He seemed to revel in the sound of his own voice. His mother’s favorite word was ”Hush!”. Little did anybody realize that he could parlay this annoying trait into a career adding ”color” to the commentary of football sportscasters. He would travel from city to city to do his job. Every city he visited would become the new city of Babblon.

Etymology: babble (talk rapidly and continuously in a foolish, excited, or incomprehensible way) + on - A play on Babylon

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Flawpotent

Created by: mweinmann

Pronunciation: flaw - po - tent

Sentence: Sally felt flawpotent when her relentless jabbering and wild hair got her a spot on the popular gameshow "Everyone's Talking but Nobody's Listening"....

Etymology: flaw, compenent, potent

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COMMENTS:

That gameshow is Twitter - jrogan, 2009-07-31: 10:41:00

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Dumbskill

Created by: jrogan

Pronunciation: dum-skil

Sentence: In person, everyone thought Annie was a complete numskull. She was always chattering about whatever was on her mind, which was not too much. (She had the attention span of a gnat, and an addiction to celebrity gossip.) It was a dumbskill that she made the most of on twitter, where she had 1000 followers.

Etymology: dumbskull + skill

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COMMENTS:

They say, in order to 'keep ahead of the game' and 'to remain relevent in the workplace' workers should dumbskill every 5 years. - scrabbelicious, 2009-07-31: 11:41:00

The dumber the better... - jrogan, 2009-07-31: 12:35:00

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Disabenefit

Created by: ziggy41

Pronunciation: Diss-ah-ben-ah-fet

Sentence: I was surprised to realize that my "anger problem" is a disabenefit that could make me tons of money. Dressing up as made-up people for "The Jerry Springer Show" is easy!

Etymology: Disability (defect) + benefit (an asset)

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Benifit

Created by: Osomatic

Pronunciation: ben + ih + fit

Sentence: My epilepsy gets me a lot of work in industrial blending applications, so it's turned out to be a benifit.

Etymology: bene + fit (only I spelled it with an "i" instead of the second e, to distinguish it from the original word).

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Flawesome

Created by: rikboyee

Pronunciation: flaw-sum

Sentence: when people mistook my nervous tic for well rehearsed break-dancing, it was flawesome

Etymology: flaw, awesome

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COMMENTS:

Good one. - Clayton, 2007-06-25: 21:15:00

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Bonusneurosis

Created by: remistram

Pronunciation: bo-nuss-nerr-os-iss

Sentence: Viv discovered that her bonusneurosis actually enhanced her standing in the company....numbering all the photocopy paper saved the office money, which in turn led to her promotion.

Etymology: bonus (as in free gift, or reward) + neurosis (a relatively mild personality disorder typified by excessive anxiety or indecision and a degree of social or interpersonal maladjustment)

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