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'What do you think of the newest addition to our front lawn?'

DEFINITION: v. To express your love of nature by covering your lawn with statues, ornaments and other plastic figurines. n. A home which is infested with gnomes, elves, plastic animals, and other lawn ornaments.

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Bricabracken

karenanne

Created by: karenanne

Pronunciation: BRIK ah brak en

Sentence: Sue Veneer likes to bring home something "cute" for her yard from every place she travels. Since her collection represents places from Alaska to Zimbabwe, there is no rhyme nor reason to how things are placed. She also favors "the wild look," which features a lot of bushes and ground cover, requiring a minimum of upkeep. Sue's yard is probably the only place in the world where a polar bear towers over a zebra, both standing in a patch of English ivy. Her neighbors find it unusual and call it "the bric-a-bracken," but consider it much more tolerable than the previous owner's yard, which most of them remember all too well even though it was almost fifteen years ago. That one featured, um, "vintage," cars in various states of repair, many up on blocks.

Etymology: bric-a-brac (knick-knacks, curios, novelty decorations) + bracken (dense or scrubby shrubbery or undergrowth)

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Lawnbegone

Created by: memyselfandbo

Pronunciation: lawn-bee-gawn

Sentence: Do you see way too much green when you look out your window? Do your eyes water when you see blades of grass moving in the wind? Then pick up some LAWNBEGONE today! Just one spray of this magical potion will cause a slew ceramic gnomes, plastic flamingos, holiday decorations, flashing lights, and random political signs to pop up all over your lawn! No longer will you be subject to the horridly soft and sweet-smelling green stuff that pops up in your yard. LAWNBEGONE will make your wildest dreams come true. Pick up a bottle (or ten) today!

Etymology: Lawn: greenery that grows in your yard. Be: to exist. Gone: not here.

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COMMENTS:

REally good word! Your advertisement is very appealing, too! "Do your eyes water when you see blades of grass..."!!! ;) - splendiction, 2009-04-17: 19:05:00

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Cornyments

Created by: readerwriter

Pronunciation: korh-nee-mintz

Sentence: Ova D. Topp loved looking down over the cosmos of cornyments she had created. Near the curb were the worms, caterpillers and fish. Next was a terrace of teradactyls and T-Rex's. Above them were the gnomes and fairies, separated by a bridge (underneath were the trolls) which led to deer, swans and toadstools. Closest to her throne on the porch were statues of a little girl reading, a boy fishing, a mermaid, a trio of angels and Athena, a Greek goddess. The only disturbance to her sight were the two For Sale signs on her neighbors' lawns which never went away.

Etymology: Blending CORNY + ORNAMENTS

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COMMENTS:

Yes I agree! Less is more! - splendiction, 2009-04-17: 18:55:00

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Dwarficulture

petaj

Created by: petaj

Pronunciation: dw-orf-kulcha

Sentence: Minnie by name, mini by nature, she loved trolling through the flea markets looking for tyre swans, ceramic animals and her favourite concrete gnomes to add to the dwarficulture in her back yard.

Etymology: dwarf + horticulture

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COMMENTS:

Clever start to your great sentence and for your great verbotomy! - silveryaspen, 2009-04-17: 10:31:00

Excellent word! Dwarficulture captures well the selection of "dwarf" and disney gnomes out there! - splendiction, 2009-04-17: 19:02:00

Great gnomenclature - Mustang, 2009-04-17: 21:18:00

Gnomaste...great word! - Nosila, 2009-04-17: 21:26:00

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Gnomicile

mrskellyscl

Created by: mrskellyscl

Pronunciation: gnome-i-cile

Sentence: Jeanette loved her garden, all the little plastic bunnies, gnomes and flamingos. As soon as it warmed up in spring, she was putting together her gnomicile for everyone to enjoy.

Etymology: gnome -- diminutive beings responsible for guarding the earth. domicile -- permanent home

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COMMENTS:

Great etymology. Great Create! - silveryaspen, 2009-04-17: 10:37:00

Yes gnomicile is perfect! - splendiction, 2009-04-17: 18:54:00

Gnomes are so gneat....and gnatural. - Mustang, 2009-04-17: 21:13:00

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Gnomemansland

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: NO-manz-land

Sentence: Lucy thought it was cute to decorate her yard with little plastic statues of Snow White and her dwarf buddies but her neighbors snickered behind her back and had labeled her yard gnomemansland.

Etymology: Blend of 'Gnome', (One of a fabled race of dwarflike creatures) 'man' (human), and land, play on the phrase 'no mans land'

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Hmmmmm - Mustang, 2013-08-15: 06:42:00

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Shamitten

fabdiva

Created by: fabdiva

Pronunciation: shar-mit-ten

Sentence: Leslie was aghast when she pulled up in front of her friends' house. 'I knew Sarah had a gnome fetish, but this is total addiction! She's completely shamitten'.

Etymology: Sham - bogus or false Smitten - strongly attracted to someone or something.

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Ignomeramous

Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: ig nohm ray muss

Sentence: She was a total ignomeramous, given to elf harm when feeling grumpy, bashful or dopey.

Etymology: ingoramous gnome

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Gnomania

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: nōmānēə

Sentence: Barbara was diagnosed with an acute case of gnomania, an obsessive-repulsive disorder characterized by the collection and display of dwarf-like creatures on her lawn, in her home, and office cubicle. Barb's family became concerned when she started wearing pointed caps, overalls and a fake beard. They had her committed when she started shopping around for a full-body tattoo.

Etymology: gnome (a legendary dwarfish creature supposed to guard the earth's treasures underground) + mania (mental illness marked by periods of great excitement, euphoria, delusions, and overactivity)

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Such expertise in your word & sentence - I admire it! - splendiction, 2009-04-17: 19:03:00

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Hootingallery

Created by: silveryaspen

Pronunciation: hoot ing gal ur ee

Sentence: Fey Array bought every whimsical and fanciful, other worldly and unwordly, lawn knick-knack, and bit of bric-a-brac, of mythical and mystical, gnomes, elves, fairies, grrr-animals, and even a few alien indiscernibles. She then rigged them, so they would talk and sing, grunt and groan, squeek and squawk, and even moan. Her yard was not only a bijouterie, it was a hootery. Her loud cacaphony of embellishments, (some say it was an emhellishment) not only stunnged the eyes, it also blasted the ears .... until the day, old man Remington went shooting in her hootingallery!

Etymology: HOOT, HOOTING, GALLERY. Yes hootingallery is a pun of SHOOTING GALLERY. Hoot - any things (or anyone) that are highly amusing and funny. Hooting - shouting and laughing sounds that are usually quite loud. Gallery - has many meanings but the one that applies here is: a place where objects are exhibited. /// FEY ARRAY - is a word play on Faye Wray who starred in the original King Kong film. Fey means mystical. Array - a collection of objects arranged for viewing. /// bijou - ornamental objects and trinkets. Thus a bijouterie is the place where these are. (I thought bijouterie was a real word but didn't find it in Encarta's online dictionary and was too tired/lazy to look in other dictionaries.) /// In my Fictionary, a hootery is any collection of items that are a hoot or make hooting noises. /// Emhellishment is a verbotomy of embellishment and hell. /// Stunnged is a verbotomy of stunned and stung. /// Thank goodness this long etymology is doneg! (done/dung)

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Comments:

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2009-04-17: 00:01:01
Today's definition was suggested by readerwriter. Thank you readerwriter. ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2010-11-01: 00:13:00
Today's definition was suggested by readerwriter. Thank you readerwriter. ~ James