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DEFINITION: n. The strong feelings of devotion and affection which a person feels towards their favorite mechanical device or appliance, such as a car, boat, power tool, or toilet. v. To lavish a machine with affection, attention and an imagined personality.

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Munitionwoo

Created by: doseydotes

Pronunciation: myu-ˈni-shən-ˈwü

Sentence: Just before she went to sleep, Josephine reached under her pillow one more time and pulled out the Sig Sauer P228 9mm she had bought at H&H Gun Range three days ago. She turned it back and forth in the lamplight, admiring the black powdery smoothness of its surface, the crispness of the grooves on its grip, the sporty ridges on its slide. She lifted it, sideways, to her nose, to catch the sweet fragrance of the gun oil she had applied earlier today while cleaning from it the traces of metal and burnt gunpowder that had collected on it from the range. “Good LORD, woman! Are you sniffing that thing again? You’ve got the worst case of munitionwoo I’ve ever seen. It’s a TOOL! GET OVER IT!” Leon flopped on the bed and turned over with a snort. “It’s okay,” Josephine whispered to the Sig. “He doesn’t understand us, that’s all.”

Etymology: From the Greek, mu, meaning "the cry of frightened and cold feline companions locked out of the bedroom at night"; from the La Petite, nit, meaning "tiny irritating creature of great power, the mere mention of which can influence one's head into itchiness"; and from the Chinese, shun woo, meaning "great creator of melodic cacophony sent directly into one's ears without damaging one's wallet as badly as, for instance, Bose would do."

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Machauvinism

Created by: LoftyDreamer

Pronunciation: muh-sho'-vin-izm

Sentence: Congolia hesitated only a moment before grabbing her Cuisinart and running from the fire, glancing somewhat wistfully at the family photo albums as she dodged the flames.

Etymology: part of machine (a device that performs work) + chauvinism (extreme favoritism or love for a thought or idea)

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Personifate

Created by: Niktionary

Pronunciation: pur-sahn-i-fate

Sentence: Rick personifates his new computer: he sent out birth announcements

Etymology: personify+hallucinate

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Motordoter

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: mōtərdoʊdər

Sentence: Larry is a motordoter. He has a strange attraction to things with engines. He has names for his car, his lawnmower, even his dishwasher. The day he traded in his car he was almost in tears.

Etymology: motor (a machine, esp. one powered by electricity or internal combustion, that supplies motive power for a vehicle or for some other device with moving parts) + doter (be extremely and uncritically fond of)

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:) - galwaywegian, 2010-06-03: 06:56:00

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Inanimorous

Created by: Banky

Pronunciation: in-ANN-ah-morr-us

Sentence: The vibration of the unbalanced washer shook the ceiling pot rack, the pans on it sounding a cacophony of distant gongs. Roger sighed, and picked up the evening paper, turning on the dim orange sodium light of the old table lamp next to him. Shortly after the shaking stopped, he heard feet hit the floor. Marjorie emerged from the stairs looking flushed, carrying an empty hamper. "You know," Roger started slowly, not looking up from the paper, "we could get a new machine since that one is so far out of balance?" Her face fell. "Oh, we don't need to spend that kind of money right now. Besides, this one does a fabulous job with my delicates." She paled when she realized her innuendo, and the paper folded down to reveal a stone-faced Roger, locking her in a stare. His steeled eyes revealed his knowledge of her inanimorus affair with the Maytag 7800 front loader. The weight of 34 years of marriage dimmed the light in the already dark wood-paneled room. Scattered cords of light dodged around the edges of the curtains, revealing how dusty the room was. She tracked a small piece of lint suspended in a ray between them as it drifted on thermals and drafts, in and out of the beam of light, to avoid his gaze. Eyes refocused as Roger slowly lifted his paper back to reading level. Marjorie saw the harsh outline of his eyes soften and the glint of a tear just before they were once again replaced with headlines proclaiming the latest tournament Cinderella. She filled and put the kettle on the stove, and left the room.

Etymology: inanimate + amorous

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COMMENTS:

melancholy and moving sentence, banky. and still pretty funny. - stache, 2008-03-27: 19:11:00

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Spinfatuation

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: spin fat yu ay shun

Sentence: Carl loved his car, in fact you could say he had a bad case of spinfatuation. His favourite book and movie had been Stephen King's "Christine", so when he first took her out for a spin (or as he called it, on their first date), he named her Christine. His spinfatuation was automatic and he spent many hours learning auto repair, because he did not want all those grease monkeys down at the local garage touching her sleek chassis, never mind looking under her hood. His time alone with her in the garage soon became a fixation. His mother was worried, but found it hard to torque to him about it. She tried to steer him towards other activities (or even appliances), but he refused to shift and always yelled back at her, until she was exhausted. Her concerns were further fueled by his talk about marrying Christine. She argued that this love was not the wheel thing and their age differential was too great. His mother almost had a hemi one day, when she discovered that Carl had left a note saying that he and Christine had eloped. The next day, Carl walked home, leaking eye fluids, without the lovely Christine. His mother saw that he was ready to blow a gasket and asked him what happened. Carl broke down and said "I have made a complete axle of myself on my wedding night!" He told her that he had found out when she had made a transmission, that Christine had had some "work" done on her before they met, she was really a convertible... she used to be known as Christopher! She became the little engine that couldn't. Carl lost all his inhibitors and committed battery first and then vehicular homicide. He had come home to look for his cables...the jumpers. We knew it would all end in gears...Oh, the heart brake!

Etymology: Spin (a short drive in a car) & Infatuation (an object of extravagant short-lived passion;foolish and usually extravagant passion or love or admiration)

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Autodolatry

Created by: Stevenson0

Pronunciation: aw/toe/dol/uh/tree

Sentence: Jason spent every Saturday and Sunday cleaning, vacuuming, washing, waxing and detailing every square inch of his Alfa Romeo sports car, a car at the cutting edge of design and technology, which he truly, madly and deeply loved. Jason's wife called it out and out autodolarty.

Etymology: auto + idolatry (love, homage, glorification, veneration, worship)

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Very good! - Mustang, 2008-03-27: 18:47:00

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Transamorous

Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: tran zam oh russ

Sentence: He was very transamorous. whch was probably just as well, as he resembled the back end of one of their 70's creations

Etymology: transam amorous

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COMMENTS:

nice combo - Jabberwocky, 2009-01-19: 15:47:00

Well-crafted! - silveryaspen, 2009-01-19: 18:57:00

Nice word - OZZIEBOB, 2009-01-20: 04:21:00

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Contrapture

Created by: purpleartichokes

Pronunciation: kun-trap-chur

Sentence: I'd called him twice to dinner. There was a steaming plate of his favorite dish sitting before his empty seat at the table. Outside, the icy rain started coming down harder, yet Mark still hadn't come in. I looked out the window to find him tenderly tugging on the ropes attached to the tarp covering his old rust-bucket tractor, Bessie... and wiping off her wet spots. The evidence was clearly mounting that Mark had fallen victim to contrapture.

Etymology: contraption, rapture

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COMMENTS:

Great word. Even greater sentence - "wiping off her wet spots." You're a poet, Purple A. - doseydotes, 2008-03-27: 09:09:00

excellent purple - Jabberwocky, 2008-03-27: 11:27:00

Thanks Jabber and dosey. I always struggle with sentences. This one came easy, as it actually happened. - purpleartichokes, 2008-03-27: 12:11:00

wonderful word...easy to pronounce and remember! - spotthecat1, 2008-03-27: 13:40:00

Excellent. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-03-28: 17:30:00

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Cardoration

Created by: mweinmann

Pronunciation: kar - door - ashun

Sentence: Jesse spent every free moment in the garage tinkering with and talking to "Carissa", his '67 Plymouth Barracuda. His cardoration was causing problems in his marriage. "You love Carissa more than me" his wife would cry...."it is plain that you cardore her". Jesse decided to invite his wife to the classic car exhibit in San Antonio this year. Perhaps she would enjoy taking a trip with him while he showed Carissa off....Jesse decided to think about whether that would help their relationship or cause further problems.

Etymology: Car (a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine) + Ardor (feelings of great warmth and intensity) + Adoration (worship: a feeling of profound love and admiration)

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love/ly - Jabberwocky, 2009-01-19: 15:49:00

metrohumanx You could land an airplane on the rear window of a B-B-B-Barra-cooda! - metrohumanx, 2009-01-19: 15:52:00

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Comments:

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2008-03-27: 00:01:00
Today's definition was suggested by silveryaspen. Thank you silveryaspen. ~ James

stache - 2008-03-27: 01:25:00
Have these always been called "verboticisms?"

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2008-03-28: 06:00:00
Yes that's the word we use to describe our invented words. Of course you can also use "neologism". And I think we should create a subcategory for invented words with sexual undertones like your winning word today. It would be "verberoticisms". ~ James

metrohumanx metrohumanx - 2009-01-19: 01:52:00
Domenic- go frisk 'em.

galwaywegian - 2009-01-19: 10:08:00
very high standard today :D

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2010-06-03: 00:09:00
Today's definition was suggested by silveryaspen. Thank you silveryaspen. ~ James

gendiamJent - 2018-06-03: 14:27:00
Алмазное бурение за разумные деньги.

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