The create-a-word game

Kurt Vonnegut: Yeah, I'm in heaven now.

Placeebull: /pla-see-bull/ A harmless untruth, intended to comfort simple souls. Sentence: 'Hard work always pays off' - a placeebull to keep workers motivated. Etymology: placebo + bull (as in bullshit) (had to put the second e in my word to emphasize sound) Created by: Jabberwocky.

Featured Authors at Verbotomy

We have featured several authors on the site including:

What Shamu Taught Me

Amy Sutherland: Get a biscuit for being creative
Author and journalist, Amy Sutherland gave an autographed copy of her new book What Shamu Taught Me About Life, Love and Marriage: Lessons for People from Animals and Their Trainers. For more details see: Amy Sutherland Shamus Verbotomy.

Johnny Bunko

Dan Pink: Give your career a creative boost
Author and creativity guru, Dan Pink offered up an autographed copy of his new book "The Adventures of Johnny Bunko" America's first manga business book -- and the last career guide you'll ever need. For more details see: Dan Pink Gives Johnny Bunko a Verbotomy and Johnny Bunko plays Verbotomy .

To My Future Grandkids in 2020 by Franke James

Franke James:
Guest artist and environmental activist Franke James with her take on five Classic Verbotomy Definitions. Be sure to check out Franke's website and her wonderful visual essays Green Winter, My SUV and Me, and To My Future Grandkids in 2020.

Rollback by Robert J. Sawyer

Robert J. Sawyer: Get a Science-Fiction Verbotomy
Robert J. Sawyer, winner of Hugo and Nebula awards for best novel, has offered up an autographed copy of his latest novel, Rollback for the top verbotomist this week. For details see: Get a Science-Fiction Verbotomy.

GUST by Timothy Johnson

Timothy Johnson: Verbotomy for Office Politicians
Is your vocabulary being tested at work? Do you need a few new words to deal with all the hot air from your co-workers? The top verbotomist this week will win of a signed copy of Timothy Johnson's new book, GUST: The "Tale" Wind of Office Politics. For details see: GUST: Verbotomy for Office Politicians.

Overclocked by Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow: Doctorow Verbotomy
Overworked? Overtaxed? Overclocked? Are words exploding in your head? You could be the winner of a signed copy of Cory Doctorow's newest book, Overclocked: Stories of the Future Present. For details see: Doctorow Verbotomy.

Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., 1968 Hardcover Edition: Not as shown.

Kurt Vonnegut: Vonnegut's Invented Words
To celebrate Kurt Vonnegut's lifetime of unmatched creativity and comic genius, all definitions for the week were based invented words he originally created and used in his novels For more details see: Vonnegut's Invented Words.

A Whole New Mind by Dan Pink

Dan Pink: Win a Right-Brain Verbotomy!
Author and creativity guru, Dan Pink (, offered up an autographed copy of his book "A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future". For more details see: How to get a Right-Brain Verbotomy.