Verboticism: Statueoflimitations

'Don't just stare at her, say

DEFINITION: To be so afraid of failure that you become paralyzed -- unable to move, respond or even say a word.

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Created by: erasmus

Pronunciation: star ta lye sd

Sentence: colin was startalized to the point of hardly even breathing when tracy walked in to the room.

Etymology: from startled and paralyzed.

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Created by: w5lf9s

Pronunciation: para.lump

Sentence: "So, what did he do when she finally spoke to him?" - "Well, you know him, he's a paralump, stood there like a statue."

Etymology: paralyse+lump

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: skēərdēkatətänik

Sentence: Tim took his first-ever trip to a ski resort. He was told it would be a great place to meet young women. He was only one step beyond the lift when the pretty instructor smiled at him. He immediately went skierdycatatonic. It took 4 instructors to get him out of his skis and into the lodge.

Etymology: ski (travel over snow on skis) + scaredy-cat (a timid person) + catatonic (in an immobile or unresponsive stupor)


brilliant! - galwaywegian, 2011-01-25: 10:21:00


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Created by: ahwinters

Pronunciation: per + for + mort + iss

Sentence: Chuck's performotris was a particular liability in the bedroom.

Etymology: Perform + rigormortis


Hehe! Good one! - purpleartichokes, 2007-02-08: 12:32:00


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Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: disk oh blob ewe lay ted

Sentence: He was so discoblobulated when the woman of his dreams asked him to dance that he went totally rigid. Well, 98% rigid.

Etymology: discombobulated, disco, blob

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Created by: Madamemojo




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Created by: sodium

Pronunciation: stair-uh-lyzd

Sentence: Jimmy was certainly not sterile, but with the way he starelized every time an attractive woman was around, he might as well have been.

Etymology: (stare + paralyzed) = a homophone to sterilized


I think this is very funny - Jabberwocky, 2007-02-08: 14:21:00


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Created by: porsche

Pronunciation: north/pole/axd

Sentence: The thought of rejection completely northpoleaxed him leaving him frozen in place like frozen tag.

Etymology: north pole + poleaxed

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Created by: petaj

Pronunciation: cat-a-stron-ic

Sentence: For a moment, Kelly was catastronic, when he realised the potential catastrophe he had narrowly avoided.

Etymology: catatonic (muscular rigidity and mental stupor) + catastrophic (failure - big time)


Nice one! - BMott, 2007-02-08: 03:28:00


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Created by: Bulletchewer

Pronunciation: anks-i-pet-re-fyd

Sentence: The would-be model was so anxipetrified, due to the tiniest amount of flab around her even tinier waist, that her mother had to slap her in the face several times to get a response.

Etymology: From "anxious/anxiety" and "petrified". Note that "petrified" is particularly appropriate here, for the derivation is "turn to stone".

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