Verboticism: Fauxpause

'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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Failock

Created by: chofu67

Pronunciation: fail lock

Sentence: We might have expected stammering or nervous gestures, but we were not prepared for his total failock in the face of a challenge from the floor.

Etymology: fail + lock as in vapor lock or lock up

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Catafear

Created by: BMott

Pronunciation: Kat - u - feer

Sentence: Bob headed for the stage and then froze with catafear, he knew he could never give the speech without stuttering.

Etymology: Cata - From Catatonic- An abnormal condition characterized by stupor, and either rigidity or extreme flexibility of the limbs. Fear - A reason for dread or apprehension.

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Riskfreeze

Created by: ErWenn

Pronunciation: /'risk-frEz/

Sentence: She was so timid that even at Baskin Robbins, the possibility of picking a flavor she might not enjoy would cause her to riskfreeze.

Etymology: From risk + freeze

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Partylysis

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Created by: CharlieB

Pronunciation: part-ill-is-is

Sentence: Faced with social situations, Kevin was a nervous wreck. As soon as crossed the front door of his mate's birthday bash, he went into a rigid state of partylysis.

Etymology: party (social celebration, festivities) + paralysis (unmoving state)

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Goofcoma

Created by: jedijawa

Pronunciation: goof-co-ma

Sentence: Brad went into a goofcoma whenever he saw Brandy enter the room.

Etymology: goof + coma

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COMMENTS:

funny! - wordmeister, 2007-02-27: 10:00:00

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Rigormortified

Created by: alphabetapolothology

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Deerheadlighted

Created by: Javeson1

Pronunciation: deer-hed-lie-ted

Sentence: many people become dearheadlighted when they see a beautiful and/or famous person they want to talk to and therefore cannot fulfill this goal.

Etymology: Everybody knows the deer-in-the-headlights look which comes from deer being locked into staring at the headlights of an approaching car which disables them from running away from said object.

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Performortis

Created by: ahwinters

Pronunciation: per + for + mort + iss

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

Etymology: Perform + rigormortis

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COMMENTS:

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

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Freezetried

Created by: Osomatic

Pronunciation: freeze + tried

Sentence: I was going to attempt the high jump, but I got so scared that I freezetried.

Etymology: Like freeze-dried, but with "tried."

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Freezeframed

Created by: toadstool57

Pronunciation: frEEze-frAmed

Sentence: The professor of David's Physics class got an inside tip that David has stolen the upcoming exam. When the professor confronted him, David just sat freezeframed, not being able to speak in his defense.

Etymology: freeze, as in motionless/ frame, as in catching one moment of time./ framed, being set up using false evidence.

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