Verboticism: Flatatonic

'Don't just stare at her, say

DEFINITION: To be so afraid of failure that you become paralyzed -- unable to move, respond or even say a word.

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Created by: chofu67

Pronunciation: fail lock

Sentence: We might have expected stammering or nervous gestures, but we were not prepared for his total failock in the face of a challenge from the floor.

Etymology: fail + lock as in vapor lock or lock up

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Created by: erasmus

Pronunciation: star ta lye sd

Sentence: colin was startalized to the point of hardly even breathing when tracy walked in to the room.

Etymology: from startled and paralyzed.

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Created by: quippingqueen

Pronunciation: num/sculd

Sentence: He was so numbskulled that his friends didn't know whether he was a nerd, a nimrod, or just a nincompoop.

Etymology: variation of numskull, circa 1724, a higgledy-piggledy muddleheaded person

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Created by: CharlieB

Pronunciation: part-ill-is-is

Sentence: Faced with social situations, Kevin was a nervous wreck. As soon as crossed the front door of his mate's birthday bash, he went into a rigid state of partylysis.

Etymology: party (social celebration, festivities) + paralysis (unmoving state)

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Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: traw mo stay sis

Sentence: upon approaching her his traumostasis started with paralysis of the left foot, before quickly gripping his larynx as soon as he got the fiest syllable of his greeting out. "Hell" he said

Etymology: trauma and stasis

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Created by: purpleartichokes

Pronunciation: fo-pawz

Sentence: During the job interview, when Bob was asked his name, he suddenly became striken with a severe case of fauxpause, and was only able to produce an unintelligible high-pitched squeak.

Etymology: faux pas, pause

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Created by: jedijawa

Pronunciation: goof-co-ma

Sentence: Brad went into a goofcoma whenever he saw Brandy enter the room.

Etymology: goof + coma


funny! - wordmeister, 2007-02-27: 10:00:00


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Created by: Osomatic

Pronunciation: freeze + tried

Sentence: I was going to attempt the high jump, but I got so scared that I freezetried.

Etymology: Like freeze-dried, but with "tried."

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Created by: BMott

Pronunciation: Kat - u - feer

Sentence: Bob headed for the stage and then froze with catafear, he knew he could never give the speech without stuttering.

Etymology: Cata - From Catatonic- An abnormal condition characterized by stupor, and either rigidity or extreme flexibility of the limbs. Fear - A reason for dread or apprehension.

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Created by: Stevenson0

Pronunciation: num/dum

Sentence: When he came face to face with his boss to ask for the deserved raise, he became totally numbdumb.

Etymology: numb + dumb

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