Verboticism: Zigfrag

'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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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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COMMENTS:

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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Frozentagalong

Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: frozen/tag/a/long

Sentence: When Sally got her first computer it developed a virus that seemed to follow her wherever she went, corrupting any electronic functions. No matter how many times she changed her password it still caught her unawares. She referred to it as her frozentagalong.

Etymology: frozen tag ( a children's game where you can freeze a player by touching them) + tag along

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metrohumanx Mabye Sally should've used Babelfish to translate her password into TAGALONG! - metrohumanx, 2009-04-01: 14:53:00

"it still caught her unawares"< LOL!!! :) - abrakadeborah, 2009-04-01: 16:42:00

great word for those frozen screens that force you to tagalong ... until close the window and start over. - silveryaspen, 2009-04-01: 21:34:00

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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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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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Chameleonline

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: kam mee lee on lyne

Sentence: As if trying to learn and keep up with modern computer technology is not hard enough for older people, every now and then some punk, somewhere in the world, throws out a morphing virus or bug. These types change constantly and therefore are called chameleonline viruses. Maybe we will eventually have the technology to track these viral vandals down and make them pay for the inconvenience and damage done to other people's PC's. In our lifetime...

Etymology: Chameleon (lizard of Africa and Madagascar able to change skin color; a changeable or inconstant person) & Online (controlled by or connected to a computer(of an activity or service) available on or performed using the Internet or other computer network)

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Aggramorfickleogre

metrohumanx

Created by: metrohumanx

Pronunciation: AGG-ruh-MORE-fickle-OH-grrr!

Sentence: Anne loved her lappytop more than her kin.. She turned them away, but let viruses in. Clicking became just a cruel misdirection- Lappy acquired a logic infection… Slowing it down until barely alive- Mocking and shocking her internal drive… What was the name of this horrible joker? It was an AGGRAMORFICKLEOGRE !!!

Etymology: AGGRAvate+MORph+FICKLE+OGRE= AGGRAMORFICKLEOGRE.....AGGRAVATE:intensify unpleasantly, to make worse, more serious, or more severe, burden; Latin aggravatus, past participle of aggravare to make heavier, from ad- + gravare to burden, from gravis heavy.....MORPH: To change from one form to another, a local population of a species that consists of interbreeding organisms; back-formation from morpheme.....FICKLE: given to erratic changeableness, marked by lack of constancy or stability; Middle English fikel deceitful, inconstant, from Old English ficol deceitful; akin to Old English befician to deceive, and probably to Old English fāh hostile.....OGRE: a dreaded person or object, a hideous giant of fairy tales and folklore that feeds on human beings and computers, a monster; French, probably ultimately from Latin Orcus, god of the underworld.

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metrohumanx Free virus scan available at: Trendmicro.com Highly recommended an very thorough. MetrohumanX :) - metrohumanx, 2009-04-01: 14:20:00

Metro~ Thank you! and great word as usual! *I use Trend Micro Internet Security Pro.(home protection for up to 3 PCs):) - abrakadeborah, 2009-04-01: 15:41:00

metrohumanx Thanks. Yes, Trendmicro NEVER failed me. I used it a lot at the library to clean up the machines.... - metrohumanx, 2009-04-01: 16:02:00

I have a family member on here today that joined and made up a word...see if you can guess which word ;) - abrakadeborah, 2009-04-01: 16:20:00

The 'ladybug' in that create told me! That's what happens when you are bugged! (wink/big grin) - silveryaspen, 2009-04-01: 21:45:00

Love the way in iambic pentameter, how you make up a poem about a computer! - Nosila, 2009-04-01: 22:28:00

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Metamorviruse

Created by: silveryaspen

Pronunciation: met ah more veer ruse

Sentence: Of course, today being April 1, it is the day for the conficker virus to mutate and do its thing. No matter what we discover today, it will go down in history. Will it do so as one of the greatest April Fool's Day Johoax (jokes/ hoax) of this new century? Or for being the worst computer terminal illness ever caused by a metamorviruse?

Etymology: METAMORPHOSIS - to undergo marked or complete change. VIRUS - a corrupting, damaging computer program. RUSE - a clever plot or dirty trick that will deceive and take advange of others.

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Song of the day: Glow Worm !!! Glow little glow worm, glimmer, glimmer! Glow little glow worm shimmer, shimmer! Glow little glow worm, go go go ... and shall we have a beserking computer soon? My apologies for changing the last two lines! - silveryaspen, 2009-04-01: 01:01:00

great word Silvery - Jabberwocky, 2009-04-01: 14:37:00

the ruse is the thing....good word! - mweinmann, 2009-04-01: 17:02:00

Excellent! - splendiction, 2009-04-01: 21:44:00

Great word, silvery...it's a metaforgone conclusion that some tomfoolery happened today! - Nosila, 2009-04-01: 22:22:00

Great word....best of the day. - Mustang, 2009-04-02: 00:52:00

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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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Hackmasker

Created by: mweinmann

Pronunciation: hak + mask + ur

Sentence: When I brought up today's word in Verbotomy, I encountered a virulous hackmasker. I saw that I had to enter my credit card number to continue playing my beloved Verbotomy and if I did not, my hard drive would be immediately erased. What was this world coming to? But after performing scans for malware and trying to find the process that was driving this pesky "pop-up", I finally realized that it was just a mask for a real hack....

Etymology: Hack (fix a computer program piecemeal until it works) Hacker (In common usage, hacker is generic term for a computer criminal, often with a specific specialty in computer intrusion), Masker (One who wears a mask; one who appears in disguise) Also play on "taskmaster" (one who keeps others on task to complete a mission or project)except in this case, it is a masked hacker....without a pal named Tonto.

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excellent - Jabberwocky, 2009-04-01: 14:38:00

Sentence, etymology, word - all three are outstanding! - silveryaspen, 2009-04-01: 21:40:00

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