Verboticism: Electonicrisis

'When am I going to get a real holiday?'

DEFINITION: v., To run out of batteries during the holidays, especially on Christmas morning when all the kids and half the adults are screaming for their new toys. n., A battery or personal energy shortage created by over-consumption.

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Created by: Tigger

Pronunciation: /ee-lek-tron'-i-kry-sis/

Sentence: With all of the battery-operated toys, gadgets and gizmos Adam had bought for the family this holiday, he had somehow forgotten to purchase batteries, and the ensuing electronicrisis forced him to go out looking for batteries in bulk, despite his hollythargic state.

Etymology: electronic (from Greek ēlektron "amber" & -ic "-like") + crisis (Greek, krísis "decision")

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Comments: Electonicrisis

Tigger - 2007-12-21: 02:46:00
*Science Content Warning* Apparently rubbing amber creates static electrical potential, which is perhaps why the Greeks associated amber with electricity, or at least the unexplained force that attracted feathers, hair and other small objects to the piece of amber. Hmm, I wonder what would happen if you rub amber on a cat...

OZZIEBOB - 2007-12-21: 14:54:00
Great week of wordmaking!

KelleyToohey - 2007-12-23: 19:48:00
This is a great word, but its a noun. Make it a transitive verb and I'll vote for it.

Tigger - 2007-12-30: 23:33:00
Check the 2nd part of the definition — it asks for a transitive verb -or- a noun.