Verboticism: Interviewterbrate

'When I look into your big green eyes...'

DEFINITION: n. A person who insists that lower life forms (fish, clams, cephalopods, reptiles, or insects) can be affectionate pets and excellent watchdogs. v. To talk to an animal who can't possibly understand a single word you're saying.

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Zooboon

Created by: kateinkorea

Pronunciation: ZOO boon

Sentence: When I was a young girl my boon companions were the girls in the Smith family next door, but now my zooboon companions are from every family in the animal kingdom. My mother came in once and found us napping in a zoobooning position and she forbid me from having them in my bed anymore. I don't know what the big deal was.

Etymology: ZOO: related to animals BOON (companions): blessed or jolly companions, something to be grateful for

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Petofeel

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: pet o feel

Sentence: Magenta was a petofeel. She developed unnatural emotional bonds with insects. In high school, she was voted Moth Likely to Succeed. She won many spelling Bees during her final Termite at College. With her sister pregnant, she was soon to become an Ant. Although she was born a WASP, she became a Praying Mantis. She had once been married, but he turned out to be a Louse. She enjoyed all kinds of Grub and when she had to travel she preferred to Fly. At school dances, she often performed the Worm, especially to old Beetles music. She'd been known to enjoy a Roach or two. Many times she just wanted to Flea when people started to Bug her. She was an Aphid supporter of Butterfly gardens and also enjoyed Cricket. At the local bar, she would always order a Grasshopper and her computer was equipped with a Spider program, on the world-wide Web. She admired Ladybird Johnson and her greatest fear was having the exterminator crawl up her driveway. We could tell you more about her, but we'd hate to Drone on...

Etymology: Pet (a domesticated animal kept for companionship or amusement; preferred above all others and treated with partiality) & Feel (undergo an emotional sensation) & rhymes with pedophile (love of children, literally, but more sinister)

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COMMENTS:

Such fun bugfoonery! Top notch! - silveryaspen, 2009-01-28: 22:13:00

Magenta had bugs in her belfry. Good word! - Mustang, 2009-01-28: 23:43:00

had lots of fun reading this....clever. - mweinmann, 2009-01-30: 00:00:00

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Cozyologist

metrohumanx

Created by: metrohumanx

Pronunciation: COE-zee-ALL-uh-jist

Sentence: Beverly insisted that ALL life forms were capable of returning her love -especially all the myriad creatures in her insect collection, each of which had a name. Beverly was a fanatic COZYOLOGIST, and she claimed that even the dust mites on her sofa could feel the pain of rejection. When she insisted that Timmy The Beard verify her beliefs, Timmy had to recuse himself from judgement...he was just too close to the subject.

Etymology: COZY+zoOLOGIST= COZYOLOGIST.....COZY:enjoying or affording warmth and ease,snuggly, marked by or providing contentment or comfort;perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian koselig cozy.....ZOOLOGIST: study of the properties and vital phenomena exhibited by an animal, animal type, or group,a branch of biology concerned with the promotion, the properties and vital phenomena of animals, even unresponsive ones.

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Insectitied

Created by: TJayzz

Pronunciation: in-sek-tee-tyd

Sentence: Shelley felt she had been born with insectitied as from a very young age, while all her friends screamed at the mere sight of a six-legged creature, she felt compelled to pick it up and talk to it like an old friend. It didn't matter what it was a spider, a beetle, even a woodlouse would get the tender touch.

Etymology: Insect(a small invertabrate animal) + Tied(to be in harmony with something) = Insectitied

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Bugwhisperer

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: bəgwɪspərər

Sentence: Julie liked to think of herself as a bugwhisperer. When a bug came into her house, she would try to talk to it, trying to convince it to leave peacefully. The fact that this never worked didn't seem to alter her approach. Her friends began to think her a bit buggy.

Etymology: bug (a small insect) + whisperer (one who speaks softly) A play off of the Dog Whisperer

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COMMENTS:

nice - galwaywegian, 2009-01-28: 11:04:00

has great appeal ... like a whispered secret! - silveryaspen, 2009-01-28: 22:22:00

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Dummunication

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: duh-myoo-ni-key-shuhn

Sentence: Cindy has a pet spider. She talks to it all the time. This would be dummunication because spiders don't have ears.

Etymology: dumb (lacking intelligence or good judgment; stupid; dull-witted) + communication (the imparting or interchange of thoughts, opinions, or information by speech, writing, or signs)

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Chatnimal

Created by: abrakadeborah

Pronunciation: chat-ni-mal

Sentence: Ellie would chatimal to anything that moved. She thought that all bugs and animals understood her strange language.

Etymology: Chat - To talk. An(imal)- Taken from part of the word animal.

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Chirpet

Created by: splendiction

Pronunciation: chur PET

Sentence: They often chirpetted to Violet (their pet Afican Violet), "You look beautiful today", in soft crooning voices.

Etymology: chirpet v. to talk to or vocalize soothingly to one's pet. From: "chirp" v. to happily speak/a sound a bird makes and from "pet" v. to stroke an animal to promote happiness in both the owner and, presumably, the pet.

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Grinvertebrate

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: grin ver teb rayt

Sentence: Cynthia loved her pet caterpillar so much and found that his antics made her smile. She called him her little grinvertebrate because he ade her smile. She was brokenhearted when one day he curled up in a leaf and would not listen to her prattling. And then one day, he came out and turned into a beautiful butterfly and flew out the window to migrate to Mexico. My next pet won't be into metamorphosis, she thought...

Etymology: Grin (smile) & Invertebrate (any living creature lacking a backbone or spinal column)

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Zanynatter

Created by: silveryaspen

Pronunciation: zay nee nat ter

Sentence: "Fishy, Fishy, in the aquarium, it is home to you I come. Let me tell you 'bout my day. I'll feed you, while I have my say. I can tell by your eyes, the gossip shared was a surprise. Ahhhh! How you pucker your lips sweetly, and blow bubbly kisses to me." Nettie cooed to her neon tetras. Her husband shook his head and muttered, " Zanynatter, Nettie."

Etymology: ZANY, NATTER. NATTER - to talk about not very serious matters, often rapidly and at length and sometimes in an irritating way. ZANY - to be strangely entertaining in an amusing and unusual clownish and foolish way.

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