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'Why did you tell the cleaners to come so early?'

DEFINITION: n. Redundant and often clumsy preparations made before meeting with a "professional" -- like a hairdresser, dentist or cleaning lady. v. To prepare for a meeting with a professional by trying to hide the fact that you desperately need their services.

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Preencleaning

Created by: mweinmann

Pronunciation: preen + cleen + ing

Sentence: Spring is the time for preencleaning. We always mow the lawn and clean out the beds before the landscapers arrive; I look nice for my hairdresser before Easter and clean the house so the handyman doesn't see the mess when he comes to do repairs....

Etymology: Pre, Preen and Cleaning >> Pre: Prior to, before -- Preen: Personal grooming, to smooth and groom -- Cleaning

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COMMENTS:

Clever play on spring cleaning, too! Excellent word! - silveryaspen, 2009-03-26: 10:05:00

terrific word - Jabberwocky, 2009-03-26: 12:35:00

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Fauxlishness

Created by: readerwriter

Pronunciation: foh-lihsh-nehs

Sentence: Fulvia's life was full of fauxlishness. Not only did she dye her roots before going to the hairdressers and blame the Care Bears for her immaculate house when the cleaning lady arrived, but she had two dentists and two spiritual confessors in two different cities.

Etymology: Using FAUX, meaning fake or artificial + a play on FOOLISHNESS, meaning a lack of good sense or judgement

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COMMENTS:

heheh - galwaywegian, 2009-03-26: 08:55:00

Funny! - kateinkorea, 2009-03-26: 09:21:00

Excellent word! - splendiction, 2009-03-26: 21:17:00

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Modusoperandouble

Created by: silveryaspen

Pronunciation: mo dus op er an dub ull

Sentence: Carson wanted everyone to think he took excellent care of his Lambhorgini, so he washed and waxed it every week before he took it to the custom car center for it's weekly wash and wax. Carson topped off all the fluid levels, and changed the oil, oil filter, fuel filter, and air filter just before he paid a mechanic to do them all again. He felt gratified, that it was worth the double work and double cost, when they would tell him "You take better care of your Lambhorgini than any other customer takes care of their car." His need to impress was a success. Carson's wife, however, was not impressed by this senseless double work grind involving the sweat of two's brow, because Carson's modusoperandouble, was also highway jobbery on his wallet. She wasn't impressed by Carson's high way snobbery, either!

Etymology: Modusoperandouble is a pun on modus operandi and highway jobbery is a pun on highway robbery. MODUS OPERANDI - the way and method of doing anything; in this case the way of doing it yourself then paying others to do it again. DOUBLE - twice; as in double the work and double the cost.

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great etymology - Jabberwocky, 2009-03-26: 12:34:00

Yep! I like this one good job! :) - abrakadeborah, 2009-03-26: 16:22:00

Very eMOtional! - Nosila, 2009-03-26: 17:20:00

Very funny - Carson! ha! - splendiction, 2009-03-26: 21:21:00

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Preproprep

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: prēprōprep

Sentence: Mitch has a very busy life. That’s why he regularly calls on professionals to handle some of the tasks that others usually handle themselves. The only problem with that is that he doesn’t want to let anybody know how messy he is, so he will preproprep before going to a carwash, hair dresser, or have a cleaning service in.

Etymology: pre (before) + pro (professional) + prep (make ready)

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Badjustments

Created by: splendiction

Pronunciation: bad just ments

Sentence: Slovenlee dipped into the washroom to primp up his eyebrows with a dab of brilcreme before entering the salon; his badjustments, however, didn’t fool any of the salonspatitians. That brow was out of control!

Etymology: From bad and adjustments: adjustments made to impress gone wrong.

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Bedlamouflage

Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: bed lam o flahj

Sentence: As the doorbell announcing the arrival of their new cleaning lady rang, they looked around. The bedlamouflage would work as long as she didn't touch the cupboard door, look in the guest bathroom and the sedatives they'd given the cat didn't wear off too soon.

Etymology: bedlam, camouflage

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:-) - silveryaspen, 2009-03-26: 10:02:00

Funny beddy bye-bye story! - silveryaspen, 2009-03-26: 10:15:00

excellent - Jabberwocky, 2009-03-26: 12:32:00

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Remuddle

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: re-MUDL

Sentence: As always, Frankie hated going to the barber since he knew he'd receive some good natured jibes about his thinning hair, so he once again set out to remuddle his hairdo in an effort to hide the balding areas.

Etymology: Based on 'muddle' (to mix up in a confused or bungling manner; jumble) with prefix 're-' (to do again)...a play on the word 'remodel.

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Redundental

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: ri-duhn-den-tl

Sentence: Tim did such a job of preparing for his tooth cleaning that his visit was largely redundental.

Etymology: redundant (being in excess; exceeding what is usual or natural) + dental (of or pertaining to dentistry or a dentist)

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Primpemptive

Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: primp/em/tiv

Sentence: As a primpemtive strike before heading off to her hair colourist Sally dyes any telltale roots.

Etymology: primp + preemptive

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No fool like an old fool ... perfiction! - silveryaspen, 2009-03-26: 10:07:00

perfect word... - mweinmann, 2009-03-26: 17:17:00

Sally knows how to get to the root of the problem. Great word! - Mustang, 2009-03-26: 22:09:00

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Slicandsham

Created by: kateinkorea

Pronunciation: SLIC and SHAM

Sentence: Occasionally my wife uses a cleaning service when she is really busy and she needs the place especially clean for some special event she is putting on. Every time she wants the place spic and span clean, we have to go through a slicandsham process to impress the cleaners.

Etymology: play on SPIC-AND-SPAN: a household cleaner; and also meaning immaculately clean, spotless and SLICK: done or made in a way that is clever and efficient but often does not seem to be sincere SHAM: a situation, feeling, system etc. that is not as good or true as it seems

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nice word - Jabberwocky, 2009-03-26: 12:36:00

Slic word! - Nosila, 2009-03-26: 17:21:00

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Comments:

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2009-03-26: 00:01:01
Today's definition was suggested by nosila. Thank you nosila. ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2010-10-08: 00:23:00
Today's definition was suggested by nosila. Thank you nosila. ~ James

karenanne karenanne - 2010-10-08: 09:13:00
I love this definition - it's so true!

RaunakThomas - 2013-07-27: 10:56:00
ROFL

Petrikreink - 2018-10-08: 12:54:00
What nice phrase

Svetikreink - 2018-10-10: 21:00:00