Verboticism: Whitelephantasmagoria

'Why are you putting that by the front door?'

DEFINITION: n., An ugly decorative item or article of clothing received from friends or relatives, which is kept stored away but ready to be pulled out at a moment's notice in anticipation of a return visit. v., To temporarily place an old, and perhaps unattractive gift in a place of honor.

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Gewgawdawful

Created by: kabloozie

Pronunciation: goo gahd ah full

Sentence: Damn it...where did I put that gewgawdawful your mother gave us - she's coming over in 15 minutes, and if I don't have that ceramic poodle out on the mantle, she'll know we hate it...

Etymology: gewgaw - a gimcrack or worthless bauble + god-awful

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COMMENTS:

Clever and interesting! - OZZIEBOB, 2007-12-12: 20:07:00

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Ornabom

Created by: ghhshirley

Pronunciation: orna-bomb

Sentence: My mother in law gave me another ornabom for Christmas. Hurry, we have to ornabom before you mother arrives!

Etymology: orn- to ornament,an ornament,ornamental.... abom- from abominate

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Tackytic

Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: tak eee tik

Sentence: They made a tackytical substitution over the fireplace in the living room. The singing fish replaced the Van Gogh for the duration of old uncle chuck's visit to town.

Etymology: tack tactic.

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Uglament

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: əgləmənt

Sentence: Bill and Joan have one of the prettiest Christmas trees in the neighborhood. The only thing that keeps it from being the best is the huge uglament they are obligated to hang prominently on their tree. It was a gift from Joan's mother. Mom made this atrocious bauble in her craft class from an egg carton and too much glitter.

Etymology: ugly (unpleasant or repulsive, esp. in appearance) + ornament (a thing used to adorn something but usually having no practical purpose)

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Unbelievabauble

libertybelle

Created by: libertybelle

Pronunciation: un-bee-leave-a-baw-bul

Sentence: Terry smiled as he opened his grandmother's gift of the clown cactus planter, knowing that this unbelievabauble would only grace his coffee table during her visits.

Etymology: unbelievable + bauble

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Disguift

Carla

Created by: Carla

Pronunciation: dis-gwift

Sentence: Mary smiled through gritted teeth as she opened the box containing Aunt Sally's latest knitted monstrosity. The crocheted trousers would be consigned to the disguift drawer immediately.

Etymology: disgust + gift

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Nandoohickey

Created by: dochanne

Pronunciation: Nan-doo-hickey

Sentence: Dave looked high and low, knowing Sandra would have hidden the dastardly thing well, and eventually found it. Tucked behind the blankets on the bottom shelf in the linen cupboard, he found his grandmother's favourite teapot, the grotesque frills and golden seashells just too much to bear. But Nanna was coming for tea and would expect her most obvious rellymajigs to be on show. "Good grief!" said Sandra, "You can't expect me to use that awful nandoohickey! I should have dropped the damn thing last time."

Etymology: Nan or nanna - grandmother, or great-aunt, frequently known for giving strange or age-inappropriate gifts because you were five last time they saw you. Doohickey - gadget, thingamebob or whatchamacallit that some dolt gave you but you don't know what to do with.

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Good one - OZZIEBOB, 2008-12-17: 04:10:00

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Beastowal

robohamster

Created by: robohamster

Pronunciation: Beast-owal

Sentence: My aunt beastowed this moose sweater on me last Christmas.

Etymology:

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Doodud

Created by: theCountess

Pronunciation: Doo-Dud

Sentence: Carol dreaded receiving and being obliged to display yet another ugly doodud from her mother-in-law.

Etymology: Doodad + Dud

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Hideopresent

Created by: jajsr

Pronunciation: Heh-dee-o-preh-zint

Sentence: Knowing that his in-laws were coming to visit for the holidays, Bill's wife made him wear the hideopresent of a sweater that her mom made him for Christmas last year.

Etymology: Combination of "Hideo" from hideous - offensive to the senses and especially to sight; and "Present" - to make a gift to.

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