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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Animalculinguist

Created by: readerwriter

Pronunciation: an-eh-mal-kyu-ling-gwist

Sentence: Dr. Anthea Pod was shocked when she received the letter cutting off her government funding. For years she had been known as the world's foremost animalculinguist. For over 40 years she had been celebrated as the authority and researcher of the languages of small or microscopic organisms. At long last, her book, Tiny Talkers: Languages of the Hidden Ones, was about to be published by the University of California at Berkeley. "Why, oh, why," she cried out in her laboratory. But, she knew who could comfort her. She knew who heard her. She knew who would always be there for her.

Etymology: From ANIMALCULE, a very small or microscopic organism + LINGUIST, one who specializes in languages

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-great word & sentence/narrative! - splendiction, 2009-01-28: 16:21:00

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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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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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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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Doctorfoolittle

Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: sdok tor fooooo lit illllll

Sentence: Her last doctorfoolittle moment came to a painful end for both parties when she was trying to listen to the whisperings of Viggy, her pet earwig.

Etymology: doctor doolittle, fool

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ooh - gives me goosebumps - Jabberwocky, 2009-01-28: 13:49:00

Superb pun! - silveryaspen, 2009-01-28: 22:02:00

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Socialicing

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: sōshəlīs

Sentence: To say that Mary is lonely is an understatement. One of her few friends told her that a pet might be a good idea. The problem is that she can\'t afford a traditional one. Instead she has adopted some tiny little friends. She discovered them when she scratched her head. When she looks like she is talking to herself she is really socialicing.

Etymology: socialize (mix socially with others) + lice (small, wingless, parasitic insects that live on the skin of mammals and birds)

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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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Gnatchat

Created by: Stevenson0

Pronunciation: gnat/chat

Sentence: When the tiny flying insects start to interfere with dinner, Julie justs calls them altogether for a little gnatchat and asks them to go bother the family next door.

Etymology: GNATCHAT - from CHITCHAT + GNAT (a small flying insect)

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Maybe next time Julie will gnatchat them into visiting the cat in the hat - silveryaspen, 2009-01-28: 22:30:00

fun word and fun to say - silveryaspen, 2009-01-28: 22:31:00

Julie was just doing what comes gnaturally. - Mustang, 2009-01-28: 23:44:00

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Inverbalbrate

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: in verb bal brayt

Sentence: Jen Tomology loved her pets. She kept insects and talked to them daily. She could inverbalbrate to them in her version of their languages. She could caterwaul with the caterpillars, she could mouth moth, mantis semantics and could aphidavit aphids. In her own waspish way she was trying to diversifly and bee relev-ant to her pets. That really bugged some people.

Etymology: Invertebrate (any animal lacking a backbone or notochord) & Verbal (express in spoken words;relating to or having facility in the use of words;communicated in the form of words)

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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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