Verboticism: Morphection

'I think you have worms...'

DEFINITION: n. A self-deprecating computer virus which is constantly changing its identity due to problems with its logic and/or self-confidence. v. To randomly change your tune, just so you can bug other people.

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Wormonger

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: woor monger

Sentence: Sally had inadvertantly loaded up the new wormonger virus by entering a contest online. So much for their viral security promises. Every time she tried to capture and elimiate it, it changed yet again. By the time the wormonger was done, Sally wondered how she could wriggle out of this one...

Etymology: Worm (a person who has a nasty or unethical character undeserving of respect; a software program capable of reproducing itself that can spread from one computer to the next over a network) & Monger (someone who purchases and maintains an inventory of goods to be sold) & WORDPLAY on Warmonger (a person who advocates war or warlike policies)

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Variabuggle

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Created by: petaj

Pronunciation: vairy-a-bug-l

Sentence: I wish you would make up your mind. I am so tired of your variabuggling.

Etymology: variable + bug

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Bacillusvacillus

mrskellyscl

Created by: mrskellyscl

Pronunciation: ba-sil-us-va-sil-us

Sentence: The whole world was braced in anticipation of the dreaded basillusvacillus infection that was burrowing itself in random computers looking for their eharmony and twitter passwords and other sensitive information.

Etymology: Bacillus (virus) Vacillate (change, vary) Us (us)

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always enjoy a rhyme - makes it easier to remember and brings smiles much of the time - silveryaspen, 2009-04-01: 21:20:00

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Chromotose

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: KROME-eh-tose

Sentence: Luckily for Wanda, the virus that had infected her unprotected computer was basically chromotose, it's underlying logic distorted and it was basically a dormant program that devolved rather than evolving.

Etymology: Blend of 'chromosome' (One of the minute bodies into which the chromatin of the nucleus is resolved during mitotic cell division) and 'comatose' (in a state of deep and usually prolonged unconsciousness; unable to respond to external stimuli)

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Morphection

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: môrfekshən

Sentence: Allen’s life became a nightmare when his computer was beset by a morphection. This nasty little gremlin would alter its function every day. On Monday the chime that announced new e-mail was replaced by the theme from Green Acres. On Tuesday anything he tried to put in the trash was rejected by Oscar the Grouch. Wednesday brought with it a multitude of NSFW images to his desktop background. Thursday’s treat was a pop-up advertising Viagra that wouldn’t be deleted because it floated around the screen just ahead of the cursor. Friday was the scariest of all. When he opened his backpack to retrieve his laptop, Allen’s ThinkPad had replaced itself with a Commodore C64. AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!

Etymology: morph (to change from one form to another) + infection (the presence of a virus in, or its introduction into, a computer system)

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Vermista

Created by: readerwriter

Pronunciation: verh-mihs-ta

Sentence: After it was exposed that Vermista was not the latest version of the world's largest computer operating system, its creators restructured and began growing the herb, Wormwood, and producing a remedy for intestinal worms they called Vermouthsta. When that failed they decided to produce a red dye and began breeding and then drying the bodies of the wood louse. They called it Vermilionista. After that failure, they thought about opening an Italian restaurant specializing in what they would call Vermicellista. But, alas, in the end they would not repent and on the Judgement Day they were sent to the place where "their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched."

Etymology: From VERMIS, the Latin for worm.

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metrohumanx I'm just mad about saffron.... - metrohumanx, 2009-04-01: 14:52:00

hahaha...this was great!! - mweinmann, 2009-04-01: 17:02:00

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Chromotose

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: KROME-eh-tose

Sentence: Luckily for Miranda the virus that had infected her unprotected computer was basically chromotose, it's underlying logic distorted and it was basically a dormant program that devolved rather than evolving.

Etymology: Blend of 'chromosome' (One of the minute bodies into which the chromatin of the nucleus is resolved during mitotic cell division) and 'comatose' (in a state of deep and usually prolonged unconsciousness; unable to respond to external stimuli)

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Thought you also were referring to "chrome", the new google browser!! - mweinmann, 2009-04-01: 16:59:00

Great word! - Nosila, 2009-04-01: 22:29:00

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Compupolymorphicmaladybug

Created by: btotheeck

Pronunciation: kom-pew-pol-lee-mor-fik-ma-lay-dee-bug

Sentence: Juan wanted to check on his fantasy basketball tourney standings when all of a sudden a compupolymaladybug appeared, went away, reappeared, and then changed his language settings to arabic and then back to english and then to greek and then offered coupons and then... well the list goes on and on, but in the end, he had given out his credit card info 5 times and signed up for free iPods and became completely sidetracked and missed the real basketball game.

Etymology: Compu- of or relating to computers, polymorphic- multiple changes, malady: an abnormal state, ladybug: an insect that is hard to determine whether or not it is in fact male or female (illustrates idea of confusion), bug: a type of computer glitch or fault that causes undesirable results.

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Awesome word Btotheeck! NOW we're talking :) - abrakadeborah, 2009-04-01: 16:03:00

Welcome! Like the ladybug at the end of your verbotomy. - silveryaspen, 2009-04-01: 21:16:00

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Zigfrag

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: zigfræg

Sentence: Jim's computer is infected with a virus. He never knows how it will show up as it zigfrags its way through the operating system. He'll type a command, watch the spinner and see what happens this time. Yesterday it erased most of his family photos. Today it emailed a porn link to everybody in his address book. Can't wait to see what tomorrow brings.

Etymology: zigzag (with frequent sharp turns from side to side) + frag (fragment)

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Mubugtate

Created by: remistram

Pronunciation: mew-bug-tait

Sentence: People who mubugtate at parties always end up alone and locked in the bathroom either vomiting or counting the bathroom tiles. Computers who mubugtate at parties always end up being crashed through the window or locked in the bathroom vomiting.

Etymology: mutate + bug (as in virus, and to annoy)

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