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DEFINITION: v. To see joy and beauty where others only see complications, trouble and weeds. n. A moment of delight which dissipates as soon as it is shared.

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Unjoyment

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: əndʒɔɪmənt

Sentence: The bad news is that a child’s life can be filled with moments of unjoyment. Some of the biggest are when they try to share great discoveries with adults. The white cardboard telescopes you found in your mom’s bathroom trashcan... how excited the dog gets when you rub certain parts of his tummy... Others moments need no adult intervention at all to quash the fun. Discovering that semi-sweet chocolate is a lie... that amusement park really means scare the bejesus out of you... that you are NOT the next Tony Hawk... The good news is that eventually get to become an adult and can start helping your kids unjoy their lives.

Etymology: un (denoting the absence of a quality or state; not) + enjoyment (take delight or pleasure in an activity or occasion)

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COMMENTS:

karenanne "White cardboard telescopes" - good one - I laughed out loud! - karenanne, 2010-06-07: 22:10:00

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Serendumpity

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: Ser - un - DUMP - it -ee

Sentence: Thinking she was spreading great joy only to receive criticism for her choices, little Helga experienced a sudden sadness and severe pangs of serendumpity.

Etymology: Blend of serendipity and 'dumps' or state of sadness.

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COMMENTS:

great blend - Jabberwocky, 2008-03-31: 12:53:00

Excellent. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-04-01: 00:14:00

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Pollyanntidote

Created by: Tigger

Pronunciation: /pol-ee-ANN-ti-doht/

Sentence: Although little Valerie exhibited a constant love of life, and an exuberance for discovering beauty in even the most mundane things which was almost infectious, her older sister, Sharon, was immune to such charming behavior, and she would almost always attempt to deter Valerie's optimism with her version of a Pollyanntidote. So when Valerie tried to show Sharon how the broken bottle she'd found made the prettiest little rainbows on the sidewalk, Sharon said, "Does it still do that when it's all covered with blood?" Valerie put the bottle down but, undeterred, she looked around, spotted a butterfly, and promptly went running off after it. Sharon thought she spotted a patch of poison ivy in the direction that Valerie was heading, and she idly wondered if a big, itchy rash might curb some of her sister's enthusiasm.

Etymology: Pollyanna - an excessively or blindly optimistic person (in allusion to the influential novel "Pollyanna" about an inspiringly cheerful little girl) + Antidote - a remedy or counteragent (from Greek, antidoton "given as a remedy")

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COMMENTS:

great word tigger - Jabberwocky, 2008-03-31: 12:50:00

Excellent verboticism. Very descriptive and fun to say. - Mustang, 2008-03-31: 23:12:00

Great bit of thinking. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-04-01: 00:15:00

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Wonderblah

Created by: Stevenson0

Pronunciation: won/der/blah

Sentence: The child's enthusiasm and delight was immediately snapped by her mother's negative comment. It was a wonderblah moment.

Etymology: wonder + blah

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COMMENTS:

Wonderblah could describe my experience shopping for bras online yesterday. Why women want those plastic tubes poking at their ribs all day, I'll never know. And why do men wear little nooses around their necks? Do they secretly want to be hung? Or are buttons actually obscene and need to be hidden? I think that just inspired a definition... - purpleartichokes, 2008-03-31: 18:31:00

I think that, under the circumstances described, Freud may understand! - OZZIEBOB, 2008-04-01: 00:20:00

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Floptimism

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: flop tim izm

Sentence: Her excitement soon turned to floptimism when Ashley gave her sister Erika a dandelion from the yard, which she had inadvertantly killed.

Etymology: Flop (disappointment;failure) & Optimisim (a general disposition to expect the best in all things;the optimistic feeling that all is going to turn out well)

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Craptimistic

Created by: purpleartichokes

Pronunciation: krap-tih-miss-tik

Sentence: Each spring, I get all craptimistic and weedgleed waiting for lamb's quarters and purslane to make their annual garden invasion. My motto - if ya can't beat 'em, eat 'em! (BTW, purslane contains more Omega 3 fatty acids than any other edible plant).

Etymology: crap, optimistic

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you really believe this winter will ever end - Jabberwocky, 2008-03-31: 12:49:00

Yep! My daffodils are up about 4 inches - garlic about 6. However, I am so NOT ready for the 50 strawberry plants being delivered today... what the hell was I thinking? - purpleartichokes, 2008-03-31: 14:05:00

I too live in a Garden of Weedin'...Cheers, purple! - Nosila, 2008-03-31: 20:48:00

The payoff for craptimism usually comes on large denominations of crapola. I hope I'm not being overly craptimistic about my herb and veggie gardens. - Mustang, 2008-03-31: 23:10:00

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Transienchantment

Created by: stache

Pronunciation: trān'zē-ən-chānt'mənt

Sentence: Marvin suddenly knew his crush on the willowy blond/e he had met at the bar earlier that evening was mere transienchantment when, as they were making out in the darkened booth in the back, his hand felt the stiffening bulge beneath the front of "her" miniskirt.

Etymology: Trans, from transgender, politically correct term for the range of proclivities from cross-dressers to full-blown top and bottom transsexuals; iench, unit of measurement in the deep southern U.S.; antment, that which befalls one's honey sandwich when dropped on the ground.

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Ahh, his own personal Crying Game! - Nosila, 2008-03-31: 20:41:00

Yep, I understand, the willowy blonde was an undercover cop and the "bulge" was his gun! Very funny; good word. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-04-01: 00:02:00

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Boophoria

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: boo-fawr-ee-uh

Sentence: Her parents spent a lifetime building her self-esteem, praising her every utterance, every action. It all came crashing down as she opened her mouth on the stage of American Idol. All she wanted was to share her "wonderful" talent. Now she is in a state of boophoria. Big frigging thanks Mom & Dad!

Etymology: boo (an exclamation of contempt or disapproval) + euphoria (a state of intense happiness and self-confidence)

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Pollynannasecond

karenanne

Created by: karenanne

Pronunciation: pah lee NAN ah sek und

Sentence: There was that moment, that brief wonderful Pollynannasecond, between the time she reached for the hundred-dollar-bill she found on the street and the moment she saw the truck bearing down upon her, in which she exclaimed into her cell phone to her friend, "Dreams really do come true, and tomorrow I'll finally be able to spend just a little money on a treat for myself!..."

Etymology: nanosecond + Pollyanna (a fictional girl who was unstoppably and, some say, insufferably cheerful and optimistic)

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Hopetimism

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: hope tim izm

Sentence: Jill's hopetimism that the pretty yellow flower she picked for her babysitter was soon squashed when she was told it was really a pesky dandelion.

Etymology: Hope (be optimistic) & Optimisim (a general disposition to expect the best in all things; the optimistic feeling that all is going to turn out well)

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