Verboticism: Relintroduce

'Let's try this again with extra suction.'

DEFINITION: v. To pick up a piece of lint from the floor that your vacuum missed, and then drop it in front of the vacuum again, to give the vacuum another chance to suck it up. n. A piece of lint that a vacuum will not pick up.

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Relintroduce

Created by: Tigger

Pronunciation: /ree-LIN-truh-doos/

Sentence: Wanda had run the vacuum cleaner back and forth over the same bit of blue fluff five times now, and she was beginning to get annoyed — both at the lint, for clinging so stubbornly, and at the vacuum, which kept failing to pick it up. For the third time, she bent down and plucked the lint from the carpet. Feeling a little sarcastic this time though, she showed the lint to the vacuum and relintroduced them, saying "Vacuum, meet lint; lint, meet vacuum." As she placed the lint in front of the vacuum, Wanda told it, "Mr. Vaccum's going to take you someplace where lots of other bits of fluff and lint hang out. You go with him, okay?" and tried it once more.

Etymology: Blend of: Reintroduce - to acquaint with, or bring into notice again (from Latin, re- "again" & intrōdūcere "to lead inside") + Lint - clinging bits of fiber and fluff; fuzz (from Middle French, linette "grain of flax")

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Comments: Relintroduce

bookowl - 2008-04-05: 12:16:00
didn't see this yesterday - great word