Verboticism: Jonesists

'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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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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Maintenazi

mrskellyscl

Created by: mrskellyscl

Pronunciation: main-ten-a-tzi

Sentence: Tish liked her new neighborhood, however after a few days she began to notice a low pitched, constant hum. It sounded like lawn equipment. The droning never stopped. It was there on Sunday morning and Friday night at 2 am.-- all the time, really. Could it be that she had accidentally moved into a neighborhood run by Maintenatzis? Come to think of it, the woman across the street constantly raked and swept the street. Strange, what would she have to rake in January? Tish looked out the window -- she was out there sweeping. The woman's face was expressionless and her eyes seemed to focus on nothing as she swung her broom back and forth. Here husband was trimming his bushes. Each branch was perfectly trimnmed and all exactly the same size. Tish knew that Maintenazis were not people to be ignored, but who and what are these people she wondered. Just then she noticed the sound -- the lawn equipment -- was it getting closer?

Etymology: To enforce through intimidation lawncare maintenance by strict codes and ideology. Maintenazis are known to leave their homes only to go to Home Depot for more mulch.

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COMMENTS:

Welcome. Clever sentence and word. Well-crafted! - silveryaspen, 2009-03-17: 14:13:00

Good word and funny sentence. - kateinkorea, 2009-03-17: 20:03:00

metrohumanx Excellent and creepy story! - metrohumanx, 2009-03-18: 04:47:00

Excellent word...welcome! - mweinmann, 2009-03-18: 13:06:00

Great word...ve haf vays off making you look after your yard...it is called Lawn Order! - Nosila, 2009-03-18: 18:59:00

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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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Lifespurn

petaj

Created by: petaj

Pronunciation: lie-f-sp-ern

Sentence: After many years of censuring her neighbours, the old woman finally reached the end of her lifespurn when she collapsed midcriticism on the decorative border that had whipped her into a judgmental frenzy.

Etymology: life + spurn + lifespan

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COMMENTS:

Admire how well you put your sentence, your thoughts, and your word together. Very well done! - silveryaspen, 2009-03-17: 14:19:00

Good word and sentence. - kateinkorea, 2009-03-17: 19:41:00

Nothing like having a garden to die for... - Nosila, 2009-03-17: 23:31:00

metrohumanx Concise and excellent! - metrohumanx, 2009-03-18: 04:50:00

petaj thanks for the nice comments - petaj, 2009-03-18: 07:36:00

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

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Goadneighbours

Created by: kateinkorea

Pronunciation: GOAD NAY bores

Sentence: My good neighbours had become goadneighbours, and now I was wishing for good fences. It all began when Mike got a promotion. He and his wife bought an SUV that they were always washing, waxing, and admiring while they took pictures of each other standing by it. They landscaped their yard, put in a pool, and built a sundeck. But everything was for show and pictures, and now the rest of us neighbours were tired of them harassing us. Suddenly our yards weren’t good enough, our houses needed painting and we were bringing down the neighbourhood. Any more goadneigbourly advice on how to take care of my weeds on my lawn or the cracks in my driveway, and I might just build that fence.

Etymology: GOAD: to keep irritating or annoying someone until they react GOOD NEIGHBOURS

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COMMENTS:

Puntastic verbotomy! So on the definition, too. Excellent! - silveryaspen, 2009-03-17: 14:37:00

You goad, Girl! - Nosila, 2009-03-17: 23:28:00

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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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Honebodies

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: hone bod ees

Sentence: Marcia was always criticized by her neighbours, because she never stayed home and spent hours working on her house. The Kranks, the honebodies from next door, were the first suspects when Marcia was found dead on her grass. She should have taken fencing lessons to get lawn order.

Etymology: Hone (to sharpen, improve,make perfect or complete) & WordPlay on Homebodies (people who seldom leave home)

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Lifenvy

Created by: remistram

Pronunciation: li-fen-vie

Sentence: Cam and Sylvia took their lifenviousness too far when they parked their truck on Trish's front lawn. She's never home to take care of her property anyway and she won't even notice it there.

Etymology: life + envy

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