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DEFINITION: n. An environmentally friendly program or product which does not live up to expectations. v. To try to save the planet by buying something green only to find out that it's just a load of bunk.

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Gaiarbage

Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: guy arb aj

Sentence: The ecologifest had an array of gaiarbage including a lot of AlGorubbish and several inconveniant fruits

Etymology: gaia garbage

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COMMENTS:

Four great verbotomies! Using gaia is brilliant! - silveryaspen, 2009-03-20: 09:49:00

Awesome. Very appropriate word. - kateinkorea, 2009-03-21: 00:35:00

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Ecorrobbery

Created by: BoltonAlan

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Benefake

RightOnTheWin

Created by: RightOnTheWin

Pronunciation: \ˈbe-nə-ˈfāk\

Sentence: Fredrick recently spent a fortune on remodeling his house to be more “green” for the environment. Everything went well, until the power reserving lamps he had bought, started to burn through the light bulbs like candy. Fredrick realized that most of the remodeling was done on impulse, and he didn’t take into consideration that these environmental friendly appliances could be benefake. Soon, his wife began to notice the problems around the house too; when she sat down to read a book, the newly changed light bulb blew. Fredrick’s wife warned him about overspending without researching first, before he began the remodeling. Fredrick refused to admit that she was right, and insisted that reusing blown bulbs would save power.

Etymology: Benefit (Something that promotes well-being) + fake (Something that is not what it purports to be)

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Conservascam

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: con-ser-VAY-scam

Sentence: Sherman had just made the first payment on the water recovery and power saver program he bought from the door to door salesman when he began to realize it was really a conservascam and the worst part was his wife, Wilma, sneering and reminding him she'd tried to steer him away from the slick talking salesman.

Etymology: Blend of 'conserve' (save) and 'scam' (con job)

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Ecologyp

mrskellyscl

Created by: mrskellyscl

Pronunciation: ee-kol-o-jip

Sentence: Amanda was the suprise hit of the bio-kegger when she entered the wet tee shirt contest wearing her new ecofriendly, organically recycled Kleenex t-shirt she purchased through the Ecologyp company.

Etymology: ecology -- the study of the relationship of organisms and the environment. gyp-- to swindle

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COMMENTS:

Great Create! - silveryaspen, 2009-03-20: 09:57:00

Funny! It rolls right off the tongue! - chaiandallthatjazz, 2009-03-23: 16:01:00

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Energyp

mrskellyscl

Created by: mrskellyscl

Pronunciation: ener-jip

Sentence: Mia wanted to save the planet, but having more zeal than sense, ended up buying every piece of energyp that was advertised on TV.

Etymology: energy + gyp (defraud, cheat or swindle)

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Envirollusion

Created by: BookWorm579

Pronunciation: en-VIE-row-loo-zhun

Sentence: The newest "low-flow" shower head was a blatant envirollusion as it simply stopped the flow of water.

Etymology: Derived from "environmentalism" and "illusion".

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Scamwow

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: skæmwaʊ

Sentence: The late-night pitchman made the knockoff absorbent towel sound like the answer to almost all of Jerry's "being-green" concerns. He would never need to buy paper towels again saving hundreds of trees. He could scrub surfaces clean without using cleaning chemicals. It turned out to be a scamwow moment when he read the disclaimers on the packaging and found out that the warranty was limited to occasional use only (once a month) and that it was made from the hides of several endangered species.

Etymology: scam (a confidence game or other fraudulent scheme) + Shamwow (brand of absorbent towel sold via infomercial)

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Enviromeantobe

Created by: kateinkorea

Pronunciation: en VIE ro MENt to be

Sentence: A lot of these enviromeantobe products are just a way of getting the consumer to pay more money for the same products. In our lab we tested the components of the enviro dish soap. It turned out to be an exact watered down version of dish soap that was not environmentally friendly.

Etymology: ENVIRONMENT: MEANT TO BE:

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excellent!! - galwaywegian, 2009-03-20: 06:18:00

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Ecocentrick

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: ekōsentrik

Sentence: Megacorp announced that they were launching a green initiative. Every employee was issued a recycle bin and with a list of what could and could not be placed in these receptacles. They went so far as to suggest that employees could be fined if caught not following the program. All of this turned out to be an ecocentrick when it was discovered that the new bins were being dumped into the same dumpster as the regular trash.

Etymology: ecocentric (a point of view that recognizes the ecosphere, rather than the biosphere, as central in importance) + trick (a cunning or skillful act or scheme intended to deceive or outwit someone)

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Comments:

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2009-03-20: 00:01:01
Today's definition was suggested by readerwriter. Thank you readerwriter. ~ James

silveryaspen - 2009-03-23: 15:06:00
Your great definition, readerwriter, and your clever cartoon, James sure inspired a spate of great creates!

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2009-03-24: 11:55:00
I thought I had bright idea, but it was bit dark... ~ James

silveryaspen - 2009-03-24: 16:28:00
I thought your clever use of color and shading to express darkness visually in your cartoon was brilliant! I know that's an oxymoron, but I couldn't figure out another way to say it!

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2010-10-04: 00:42:00
Today's definition was suggested by readerwriter. Thank you readerwriter. ~ James