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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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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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Bozone

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: bo zone

Sentence: Manny's invention of unlights was a typical example of a bozone...something which had good intentions, butr failed to meet needs.

Etymology: Bozo (clown name, foolish person) & Ozone (the action of ultraviolet radiation on oxygen in the stratosphere (where it acts as a screen for ultraviolet radiation, which is being eroded by greenhouse affect)

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Conservascam

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: con-ser-VAY-scam

Sentence: Willard 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 and scam, play on the word 'conservation'.

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Good word. - kateinkorea, 2009-03-21: 00:41:00

Great word! Like the sentence - splendiction, 2009-03-21: 16:47:00

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Bunkinjunked

Created by: abrakadeborah

Pronunciation: bunk-in-junked

Sentence: Larry didn't notice that his bunkinjunked bargains...were just someone else's trash.

Etymology: Bunk - Empty talk; nonsense. In - Within the limits, bounds, or area of. Junked - Discarded material, such as glass, rags, paper, or metal, some of which may be reused in some form.

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Sneakosystem

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: sneek o sis tem

Sentence: When Gabby Tat decided to join the green movement, a slick salesman sold him an expensive earthworm farm, complete with millions of the wiggly creatures, to help renew the earth and rid the soil of impurities. Gabby bragged about his "farm"...which was in his urban backyard. A few days after he "planted" his livestock, he went out on a rainy day to check on the "herd". To his surprise, when he turned over the soil, he could find no worms. He then figured he'd bought a sneakosystem. Hundreds of robins had decided to visit his backyard and now he knew why!

Etymology: Sneak (someone who prowls or sneaks about; usually with unlawful intentions;make off with belongings of others) & Ecosystem (a system formed by the interaction of a community of organisms with their physical environment)

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Scamwow

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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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Ecoillogy

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: eko ill lojee

Sentence: Captain Kirk announced that the Enterprise would now be using a new brand of toilet paper, one which was only one half ply and therefore reduced space detritus and saved money. Mr. Spock pondered this and tried out the new product for himself. It not only failed to do a thorough job, as it's limpness shredded easily, it would also not flush away for 3 or 4 flushes. Spock deduced that the new product failed to do the job satisfactorily, required more fluids to flush it and increased the ship's plumber's work four-fold. He told Kirk that his new product was based on ecoillogy. "Captain, this inferior product will force you to to go around Uranus in search of Klingons!"

Etymology: Ecology (The branch of biology concerned with the relations between organisms and their environment;the environment as it relates to living organisms) & Illogic (invalid or incorrect reasoning)

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Funniest sentence of the whole bunch. The little stinkers in that last line really cracked me up with laughter! - silveryaspen, 2009-03-22: 16:23:00

Ecoillogy sure fits the definition. Great Create! - silveryaspen, 2009-03-22: 16:24:00

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Agreenafoolic

Created by: missmari

Pronunciation:

Sentence: I tried to recycle my used lightbulbs but it turned out to be an agreenafoolic concept.

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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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Unconservashuns

Created by: silveryaspen

Pronunciation: un con serve vay shuns - my way to say cons which serve no good purpose (Oyvay!) deserve shuns

Sentence: To process grains, such as corn, into ethanol, to use as a substitue for the fossil fuel gasoline, takes a great deal of energy. That energy needed to distill it, usually comes from fossil fuels of oil or gas, using more oil or gas, than if you just put gasoline in your vehicle. Ethanol, is not so green, after all. Furthermore, it takes land away from the production of food. This fiasco is so disadvantagous and unproductive, it deserves to bite the dust. Like so many other green products, it saves nothing and is not our salvation. By refusing to purchase and use them, let us make such green flops and duds into unconservashuns.

Etymology: UN - meaning not. CONSERVATION - the word for preserving and protecting before the synonym green became more popular. SHUN - to avoid in every way because it is bad, not good.

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My word bothered me all day long ... and after much thought ... I finally fixed it! - silveryaspen, 2009-03-20: 21:22:00

Really good word and I love your sentence. - kateinkorea, 2009-03-21: 00:44:00

I agree - splendiction, 2009-03-21: 16:52:00

Double ditto! Good word and sentence Silveryaspen :) - abrakadeborah, 2009-03-22: 22:45:00

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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