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'You had to get up an hour earlier?'

DEFINITION: n. The fatigue brought on by the loss of one hour of sleep, especially if caused by something beyond your control, like the conversion to daylight savings time, barking dogs, or an addiction to late night TV. v. tr. To lose one hour of sleep.

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Created by: arrrteest

Pronunciation: sohm-nam-bih-toess-iss

Sentence: Edward was blind and deaf to the snickers as he walked past the bevy of cubicles on the way to the coffee machine. "Watch out, don't get in his way," a co-worker warned a newbie who was about to fix Ed's collar. "He's suffering from somnambitosis." It was then everyone looked up at the office clock that had not yet been set one hour ahead.

Etymology: somnamb, sleepwalk + it +osis, state of a medical condition


Great Originality! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-12: 10:04:00

I wondered what the collective term for "cubicle" was. Thanks! - stache, 2008-03-12: 21:22:00


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Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: owr buck el

Sentence: Ode to the Hourbuckle... The inventor should be rapped on the knuckle, If not so sad, it would make you chuckle, Every year at this time, life is in a muckle, Thanks to Daylight Savings we all get Hourbuckle! Alarms and computers and your clock radio phone, Time clocks, cuckoos and watches are changed with a moan, It even affects our sleep and the Dow Jones, But my car clock stays stuck in another time zone!

Etymology: hour (clock time equal to 1/24th of a day) & buckle (fold or collapse)


Ha! We must drive the same model car. - purpleartichokes, 2008-03-12: 07:27:00

Perfect blend of nonsense and great sense in your fine rhyme! Meaning full word! Wonderful won! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-12: 10:08:00


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Created by: petaj

Pronunciation: sixty-min-you-tinny

Sentence: When the ticking clock at the end of the program started up, Glenda realised that her sixtyminutony had saved her from listening to Steve Kroft (Richard Carlton for Australian players) droning on. She wiped the drool from her chin and counted her blessings for missing an hour's sleep the night before. No offense to Steve Kroft, never even heard of him before, but thought I'd better find a 60 Minutes reporter that most verbotomists would be familiar with.

Etymology: sixty minutes + catatonia


Your etymology fooled me! Thought the second word was going to be mutiny ... a rebellion against DST. Great idea and etymology! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-12: 10:00:00

Richard's zeditorials were often legendary. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-03-12: 16:38:00

petaj Mutiny would have been great - but I'm a DST supporter - wish we had it in Queensland. I should have got monotony in there too. - petaj, 2008-03-13: 03:37:00


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Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: hin der som nee yah

Sentence: Tyred Banks was someone who needed her full 8 hours per night of sleep. When deprived her personality changed. Many things gave her hindersomnia: stress;DST;Nick at Nite;cute dates;what happens to bugs in winter;economic worries. She was a Worrier Woman. But Tyred would probably have been the same early morning grouch no matter what until she got her first caffeine blitz, then life would be sweet...for everyone.

Etymology: Hinder (hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of) & (IN)somnia (an inability to sleep; chronic sleeplessness;assuming somnia means ability to sleep)

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Created by: Jamagra

Pronunciation: rem'/e/ree

Sentence: Quentin emerged from his REMerie with a crick in his neck and keyboard indentations on his forehead. He hoped these would both disappear before his 1:00 meeting with Les, otherwise he would have to bear another round of "QWERTY Quentin" jokes.

Etymology: REM - (rapid eye movement during sleep) + reverie (a state of abstracted musing)


Unique etymology and word! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-12: 09:55:00


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Created by: purpleartichokes

Pronunciation: spring-ah-hag-gurd

Sentence: Daylight Savings Time always left Alice springahaggard. This year, she poured her coffee directly into the sugar bowl, washed her hair with shaving cream, and ate a tasty bowl of Kibbles 'N' Bits for breakfast.

Etymology: spring ahead, haggard


Poor Alice! You sure took her out of Wonderland into Springahaggard Land! Kudos to your mind for dreaming up that sentence! Great Word! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-12: 09:53:00

funny - Jabberwocky, 2008-03-12: 15:55:00


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Created by: picabomama

Pronunciation: spring/for/lorn

Sentence: For days, Kelly was unable to get herself out of bed. The laundry piled up and her toddler began bouncing off the walls at all hours. Even without an early morning destination, they had become springforlorn and struggled to adjust to daylight savings time.

Etymology: a play on "Spring Forward", + forlorn - meaning miserable


Different angle! Unique word play! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-12: 12:01:00


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Created by: libertybelle

Pronunciation: ow-err-zaw-st-shun

Sentence: It was clear to everyone in Sunday mass that Gina not only slept in to make up daylight saving time, but her ensemble of last nights curlers and her church dress were telling signs of her hourxaustion.

Etymology: hour + exhaustion


Good one! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-12: 10:15:00


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Created by: Biscotti

Pronunciation: ow-er-glas-sin-drome

Sentence: Vicki had horrible hourglassyndrome after using that extra hour to party instead of sleep. Too bad it was spring and she actually lost an hour; needless to say she was several hours late to work the next day.

Etymology: hourglass + syndrome (illness)


Great Etymology! Nice figuring! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-13: 00:07:00


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Created by: youmustvotenato

Pronunciation: snooze-i-side

Sentence: Daylight savings time--spent the day snoozicided.

Etymology: snooze; suicide

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Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2008-03-13: 00:01:00
Today's definition was suggested by remistram. Thank you remistram. ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2008-03-12: 00:36:00
By the way we would have got this done earlier in the week, (i.e. Monday) but I was bit short on sleep. And remistram didn't think of the idea until Monday morning when her Boss yelled at her for coming to work in her pajamas. ~ James

remistram - 2008-03-12: 09:24:00
not true! the pajama part anyway....

purpleartichokes - 2008-03-12: 11:17:00
DLS didn't bother me a bit this year... I reset all the clocks in the house, except for the single one I forgot - the alarm clock. Oops.

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2008-03-12: 12:01:00
Remistram, I am glad to hear you didn't actually wear your pajamas to work. I guess, I must have just "made that up". I assume that it's part of the hazards of being a sleep-deprived creative writer. Thanks for all the funny ideas! And the wake-up call! ~ James

silveryaspen - 2008-03-12: 12:09:00
Not liking DST, I guess today I'll finally change the clocks! My computer and tv clocks have been at me to do it, too. I think remistram and James came up with today's apt definition and cartoon, just to remind me!!!

Jamagra - 2008-03-12: 14:09:00
Once my colleague got a speeding ticket in her jammies and bathrobe. She was driving to school for our "Right to Read Week" pajama party. Heh. Took her a while to live that one down. ~PS~ Loving the site, James. Thanks for all your work.

remistram - 2008-03-12: 15:26:00
Thanks James, I thought this def was timely...hehe...

stache - 2008-03-12: 22:59:00
EXcellent cartoon, James.

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2008-03-12: 23:42:00
Thanks for the wonderful words! ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2011-10-05: 00:06:00
Today's definition was suggested by remistram. Thank you remistram. ~ James