Verboticism: Sockabyss

'My boyfriend disappeared in the laundry!'

DEFINITION: n., 1. The process by which pairs of socks are washed, dried, and then separated perhaps never to be reunited again. 2. The place where lost socks disappear to. v. To lose your mate in the wash.

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Sockabyss

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Sockabyss

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: Sok - uh - biss

Sentence: Gabriella was concerned that Javier may have disappeared into the depths of the sockabyss when he went looking for his missing argyles.

Etymology: Socks + abyss (bottomless pit)

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COMMENTS:

Nice word! - OZZIEBOB, 2008-01-10: 16:47:00

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Socwidow

Created by: Redrover

Pronunciation: sock + widow

Sentence: Newlywed Nancy had heard terrible horror stories from her friends about what happened to mated pairs and she was so afraid to let either her socks or her new husband anywhere near the washing machine.

Etymology: soc - lovely mated pairs that caress your feet; widow - what women become when they lose the person who caresses their feet

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COMMENTS:

Actually, I should have spelled this word as soquidow... - Redrover, 2008-01-09: 15:25:00

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Sockabyebaby

Created by: bananabender

Pronunciation: Rhymes with rock-a-bye-baby

Sentence: Each time one of his rare cartoon character socks went awol from his bulging sock drawer, (as socks are wont to do), my aging wannabe rock singer dad would lament its disappearance by singing his Sockabyebaby ballad for days on end.

Etymology: sock + rock-a-bye (lullaby) + baby (sweetheart as in a pop song)

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COMMENTS:

very funny - Jabberwocky, 2008-01-09: 10:33:00

Luv the sentence! - OZZIEBOB, 2008-01-10: 16:48:00

chuckling even more ... watch out for child and family protective services who might go after those sockabyebabies! - silveryaspen, 2008-01-11: 14:01:00

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Sockgregation

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: sok greg ay shun

Sentence: The process of sockgregation on laundry day leads to many casualties. More hosiery pairs are torn apart in the dryer than married couples in Reno, darn it!

Etymology: Sock (hosiery;woolly covering for feet and ankles) & Segregation (the act of segregating or sequestering)

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Styxcycle

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Created by: metrohumanx

Pronunciation: STICKS-uh-cull (alternatively: stick-SIGH-cull)

Sentence: Flo and Eddie drove down to the local Sudz-O-Mat with some trepidation. Flo didn't trust Eddie's laundry skills, and Eddie knew he'd suffer a tumble-dried fate worse than death if he lost just ONE of Flo's imported Mohair/Alpaca blend custom knitted reinforced-toe foot garments. After gently front-loading the best machine with Eco-friendly low-phosphate clinical-action detergent, Flo lovingly inserted her beloved socks and set the washer to "ultra-gentle". Flo positioned SweatyEddie on a folding chair right in front of the porthole and went next door to the pizzeria. Sure as shootin, when they opened the evil machine's greedy maw, Flo's coddled sockettes were riding solo, unpaired and unloved, traumatized victims of the mysterious STYXCYCLE which spelled the end of another modern relationship. Flo had insured her collection to the hilt, but although her temperment was set to NORMAL, she took Eddie down to the river and beat him on a rock in an effort to make him "come clean"...

Etymology: STYX+CYCLE=STYXCYCLE.....STYX:the principal river of the underworld in Greek mythology in which the Gods did their laundry;Latin Styg-, Styx, from Greek.......CYCLE:an interval of time during which a sequence of events or phenomena is completed < wash cycle,spin cycle> a course or series of events or operations that recur regularly and usually lead back to the starting point.

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COMMENTS:

metrohumanx http://www.oldewash.com/ - metrohumanx, 2008-11-06: 11:33:00

hopefully they went to heaven where choirs of angels sing hose/anna in the highest - Jabberwocky, 2008-11-06: 12:11:00

metrohumanx Today's challenge has spawned a cornucopia of creativity that's going to make voting VERY difficult. What a crew! - metrohumanx, 2008-11-06: 12:14:00

metrohumanx http://www.myspace.com/floandeddie - metrohumanx, 2008-11-06: 12:20:00

Don't know when I've had so many laughs reading the stories behind the words!!! Didn't know there was actually laundry being done in the underworld!! - mweinmann, 2008-11-06: 13:22:00

metrohumanx NOBODY escapes washday :) - metrohumanx, 2008-11-06: 15:45:00

Terrific imput as usual. Perhaps the wayward siocks are trying to escape eternal darnation. Nice combo by use of 'Styx" - OZZIEBOB, 2008-11-06: 17:41:00

Styx and stones...it's great therapy to hear everyone discuss their sox lives... - Nosila, 2008-11-06: 22:05:00

Good one!! - Mustang, 2008-11-06: 22:18:00

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Soccuum

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: sok-yoom

Sentence: Every time Jill does laundry at least one sock is mysteriously absorbed into the socuum behind the dryer.

Etymology: sock(a short stocking usually reaching to the calf or just above the ankle)+ vacuum (a space entirely devoid of matter)

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Nincycle

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: nin sīkəl

Sentence: Ruby would dutifully collect pairs of socks. As if on Noah's checklist, they went into the washer two by two. Somewhere during the nincycle one would make its escape. Strangely, the same thing happened when she mentioned laundry to her boyfriend. As though he was a trained ninja, he could disappear for hours without even leaving the apartment.

Etymology: ninja (a person skilled in ninjutsu known for their ability to disappear) + cycle (a series of events that are regularly repeated in the same order) Derivative of "spin cycle"

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Dissockipate

Created by: OZZIEBOB

Pronunciation: dis-SOK-uh-peyt

Sentence: Oh, sweet mystery of life, where do dahlgrens go when they dissockipate? Perhaps, to some strange Abyssockery? Maybe there should be a "duhrection," "clodicil" or even a "dillertive" on socks warning the naive and uninitiated that one will always "dissockipate!" What is it about this unexplained unithorlosity? Darn it, sixty years on, I'm still looking for the smallest thread of evidence of their wearabouts.

Etymology: Blend of SOCK & DISSIPATE: to scatter completely; to disperse & to disappear; used especially, of the dispersion of things that can never again be collected or restored. DAHLGRENS: an expensive brand of socks. THORLO(S): an expensive brand of socks.

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metrohumanx Unbelievable diverse dissertations spawned by this verbal lint-trap today. The compound creativity boggles my mind. - metrohumanx, 2008-11-06: 12:07:00

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Sockchopathy

Created by: porsche

Pronunciation: sok/oh/pathy

Sentence: The sockchopathy of lost socks has long been debated but remains a sockratic mystery.

Etymology: psychopathy + sock + path

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Disocksociation

Created by: Tigger

Pronunciation: /dis-sok-soh-see-ay-shun/

Sentence: It's a little known fact that, like radioactive elements, each new pair of socks has a distinct half-life, equal to the number of times they may be laundered before spontaneously decaying into a single sock, by a process known as disocksociation.

Etymology: disassociation - the state of being unconnected (Latin, dis- prefix meaning "apart or asunder" & associātus "joined to") + sock (from Latin, soccus "slipper")

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COMMENTS:

clever! - bananabender, 2008-01-10: 00:18:00

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