Verboticism: Skullandcrossjones

'The victim of an extremely vicious browbeating'

DEFINITION: n. Annoying neighbors who spend endless hours mowing their lawns, painting their fences, washing their cars, and browbeating you because you have a life. v. To express disapproval for someone's lifestyle.

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Skullandcrossjones

karenanne

Created by: karenanne

Pronunciation: skul and CROS joanz

Sentence: No matter how hard anyone on the court tried, they could never match the beauty and perfection of the Jones family's property. This was due to the fact that both Mr. and Mrs. Jones were retired landscapers, and each spent at least two hours a day working in the yard. To top it off, they went for walks each weekend in which they pointed to various sections of their neighbors' yards and whispered to one another, apparently identifying flaws and not bothering to conceal their disapproval. Some of the court's residents had nearly killed themselves trying to keep up with the Joneses, to no avail. The neighborhood atmosphere became so toxic that after a while, everyone started referring to them as "Mr. and Mrs. Skullandcrossjones."

Etymology: Jones, as in "keeping up with the Joneses" + skull-and-crossbones (a picture of the human skull above two crossed bones, now used as a warning of poison, danger or death)

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COMMENTS:

jollyroger over and out! - Nosila, 2010-09-28: 19:44:00

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Domichiders

Created by: rombus

Pronunciation: dome - chide - urs

Sentence: Lucy and Ken have become the domichiders of their neighboorhood. Everyone avoids them like the plague because they are constantly giving all the neighbors suggestions on how to improve their homes, yards and lives....

Etymology: domicile and chide

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COMMENTS:

Admire your sentence for the implied way domichiders reminds us of a spiders ... and both equally unwelcome! Greate create! - silveryaspen, 2009-03-17: 14:04:00

metrohumanx Very clever! - metrohumanx, 2009-03-18: 04:53:00

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Naboobs

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: NAY-bubes

Sentence: Loretta thought of her neighbors as naboobs, people of some wealth and circumstance who who had nothing better to do than improve their properties and their lives while she sunbathed, partied and did her best to just look pretty.

Etymology: Use of 'boob' (dufus, crude person) Play on the word 'nabob' (A person of wealth and prominence)

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Houndskeepers

Created by: mweinmann

Pronunciation: hownds + keep + urs

Sentence: Morrie's neighbors were real houndskeepers. They spent their entire life grooming their yard and house so that it was a "showplace". Because Morrie did not choose to spend all of his free time in the same pursuits, his neighbors continuously derided him and made snide comments about the condition of his lawn.

Etymology: hound and groundskeepers >> Hound (To urge insistently; nag) groundskeepers (Groundskeeping is the activity of tending an area of land for aesthetic or functional purposes)

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COMMENTS:

So apt to the definition. Super etymology and verbotomy! - silveryaspen, 2009-03-17: 13:59:00

I agree with silveryaspen! - kateinkorea, 2009-03-17: 20:08:00

metrohumanx I agree with KateinKorea! - metrohumanx, 2009-03-18: 04:51:00

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Hoodhogs

Created by: readerwriter

Pronunciation: hood-hawgz

Sentence: Patience had endured enough. She was exhausted from the nightly raids by her nebby neighbors, Neil and Nosy Parker. They pruned, they plowed, they picked. What deadheads! So what if her dog peed all over her lawn--it was her lawn, wasn't it? And the world needed more nitrogen! Last night was the last straw. Patience had been awakened by the sound of the duo flooding her yard with water. She stood at her window and watched in astonishment. Obviously these hoodhogs were trying to dilute the urine. Then they began to root around, scraping up the dead grass, quietly bickering over whether it should be to a depth of one-quarter or one-half inch. In the morning she had found a note on her back door saying, "Now you may sow replacement grass."

Etymology: From HOOD, slang/contraction for neighborhood + HOGS, meaning greedy or selfish, also a play on pig, derogatory for police

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COMMENTS:

No doubt distant cousins of hedgeghogs? - Mustang, 2009-03-17: 22:57:00

All that grass and not a sharp blade in sight when you need it! - Nosila, 2009-03-17: 23:29:00

metrohumanx Hahahaha! Good word! - metrohumanx, 2009-03-18: 04:49:00

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Fastediouswipers

metrohumanx

Created by: metrohumanx

Pronunciation: fass-TEED-ee-us-WHY-purrz

Sentence: The people next door were disdainful- Of Kate who’d relax on her lawn. While they mowed until it became painful.... She would leisurely laugh and then yawn. His name was Hector and hers didn’t matter- The Grooms were bad neighbors and as they grew fatter, They bullied, they swaggered, they tried to be pushy.... But Kate just reclined on magnificent tushy..... K was aloof and the Grooms domineering- judgemental, pathetic and constantly jeering... But all those who knew her said Kate was sublime, and manicured lawns were a sad waste of time.... We all knew the Grooms were disdainful old gripers- Some even called them FASTEDIOUSWIPERS!

Etymology: FASTidious+tEDIOUs+Swipe+WIPERS= FASTEDIOUSWIPERS.....FASTIDIOUS: scornful, difficult to please, having capricious standards; fastidious Middle English, from Latin fastidiosus, from fastidium disgust, probably from fastus arrogance (probably akin to Latin fastigium top) + taedium irksomeness.....TEDIOUS: tiresome because of length or dullness, dreary fat and boring; Middle English, from Late Latin taediosus, from Latin taedium Latin taedium disgust, irksomeness, from taedēre to disgust, weary.....SWIPE: a sharp often critical remark, a strong sweeping blow; probably alteration of sweep [1739].....WIPERS: a person who wipes(usually derogatory),something (as a towel, sponge or 2-ply paper) used for wiping certain areas; origin obscure [1552]

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COMMENTS:

metrohumanx GNOME MORE LANDSCRAPING! http://www.freethegnomes.com/ - metrohumanx, 2009-03-17: 02:51:00

Naming him Hector was a stroke of genius. Interesting verbotomy and great etymology! - silveryaspen, 2009-03-17: 14:21:00

Good word. :) - kateinkorea, 2009-03-17: 19:49:00

You are brilliant and so creative :) - abrakadeborah, 2009-03-25: 14:02:00

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Jerkaholics

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: jurk-uh-haw-lik

Sentence: Nicky lives next to jerkaholics. They are constantly mowing and trimming out in their yards. Clearly it is a conspiracy to make her look lazy. To make matters worse they dump their clippings in her overgrown lawn.

Etymology: jerk (a contemptibly naive) + workaholic (a person who works compulsively at the expense of other pursuits)

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Whoreticulturists

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: hor tik kul tur ists

Sentence: When Suzy Floozie moved next door to Mona & Dick, she was always embarrassed that her yard did not look like theirs did...a cover of House & Gardens. Of course, they spent every waking moment outside weeding, watering, mowing and fertilising. They in turn found her lack of yardwork offensive. They noticed she was out all night, slept all day, not often alone and dressed scantily. They harassed and derided her at every turn and eventually attacked her. It appears that Mona & Dick were whoreticulturists and while being cuffed by the police, they shouted out "She should have been spade long ago!" and "The only Ho at work in her yard was her!" and "So much for Lawn Order!"

Etymology: Whore (hooker,streetwalker,prostitute,someone who exchanges sex for money) & Horticulturists (individuals who practice the cultivation of plants)

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COMMENTS:

Ho ,ho ho - galwaywegian, 2010-09-28: 03:19:00

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Annoighbors

Created by: WeimCentral

Pronunciation: a-noi-burs

Sentence: Betty was surrounded by annoighbors who judged her severely for her lack of Master Gardener status. Yes, she buys marked down plants at Home Depot but it is commensurate with their likelihood of viability in her yard.

Etymology: Annoy (generally vexing) + Neighbors (those who either abut your property or are just butts in your close proximity)

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Moanses

Created by: Banky

Pronunciation: /mohn-siz/

Sentence: Charlotte pulled out of the garage to find the Christmas lights torn down to the point that they were dragging through her hair. She clawed at the string of bulbs as she nearly ran the convertible into the mailbox. Looks like the Moanses were trying to give her another hint.

Etymology: Play on words of "Joneses", as in "keeping up with the" and moan, to low with dismay or pain

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COMMENTS:

Super funny! Truly a great word for complaining neighbors. Excellent! - silveryaspen, 2009-03-17: 14:08:00

Funny! - kateinkorea, 2009-03-17: 19:38:00

Sounds like our neighbour, Mona Lott! - Nosila, 2009-03-17: 23:32:00

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