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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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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Bugwhisperer

artr

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

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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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