Verboticism: Critterchat

'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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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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Interviewterbrate

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: in ter vu ter brayt

Sentence: Clara always spoke to her pets and whatever critters came into her yeard. She would interviewterbrate them for hours, despite the fact they could not understand her. Many of her neighbors just found her to be plain crazy.

Etymology: Interview (discuss with or ask questions) & Invertebrate (species lacking a backbone, hence thought to be of a lesser order)

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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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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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Critterchat

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: KRIT-ehr-chat

Sentence: Thelmalou shamelessly engaged in critterchat with her pets, small wild animals and any other kinds of creatures she encountered believing with all her heart that they truly understood her.

Etymology: Blend of 'critter' (any animal) and 'chat' (idle talk) , word play based loosely on the word chitchat

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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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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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COMMENTS:

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

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Animisinterpret

Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: an/i/mis/in/tur/pret

Sentence: Sally tended to animisinterpret the actions of insects in her garden often getting stung or bitten in the process. She was convinced they had come to visit her and impart ancient wisdom.

Etymology: animism (attribution of a living soul to plants, insects etc) + misinterpret (drawa a wrong inference)

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COMMENTS:

animism was a great choice to use in your etymology and word - silveryaspen, 2009-01-28: 22:44:00

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Critterchat

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: CRIT-ehr-chat

Sentence: Marylou shamelessly engaged in critterchat with her pets, small wild animals and any other kinds of creatures she encountered believing with all her heart that they truly understood her.

Etymology: Blend of critter and chat, word play based loosely on the word chitchat

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COMMENTS:

I must stop critterchattering too! - great word! - splendiction, 2009-01-28: 16:24:00

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Chatterpillar

Created by: mweinmann

Pronunciation: chat - ter - pill - ur

Sentence: Daphne loved butterflys and, each year, would just wait until they appeared in her garden so that she could sit in her favorite chair and watch them fly around. She felt an almost magical quality inhabited her garden when they there. This year, she decided to "tip the scales" in her favor by befriending the caterpillars that would soon be transformed. Each day, she would crawl around in her garden looking for them. When she saw one, she would engage in chatterpillar with each one of them, beseaching them to make her garden their "forever" home.....

Etymology: Chatter + Caterpillar >> Chatter (speak rapidly and incessantly) Caterpillar (worm-like larva of various insects, especially butterflies and moths)

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COMMENTS:

nice - galwaywegian, 2009-01-28: 13:43:00

cute - Jabberwocky, 2009-01-28: 13:48:00

Love it! - TJayzz, 2009-01-28: 13:56:00

You have metamorphosized a great word! - Nosila, 2009-01-28: 19:35:00

appeals to the child in me as well as the adult ... fun creation! - silveryaspen, 2009-01-28: 22:27:00

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