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'Omigod, I'm surrounded.'

DEFINITION: n. The weird feelings that rise up when you notice that you are being followed by a police officer, or a cop car, or the Special Forces Anti-Terrorist Unit. v. To feel nervous, self-conscious and guilty whenever you see a police officer.

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: gəlpəbəl

Sentence: Its not that he was all that bad a driver but every time he saw a police car in his rear view mirror he would have a gulpable moment. He would also fall into a state of dread when he came into contact with a doctor.

Etymology: gulp (make effortful breathing or swallowing movements, typically in response to strong emotion) + culpable (deserving blame)


Captures the reaction and feeling so very well! - silveryaspen, 2009-01-12: 10:40:00

Gulpability is a serious crime...good word! - Nosila, 2009-01-12: 19:12:00


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Created by: Banky

Pronunciation: awe-thorr-ih-tear-roar-een

Sentence: Was it a pothole? Brad was almost certain that it was, but it sort of felt like the truck bounced up instead of slammed down into the hole. The car behind him sped up, closing the gap between the vehicles at a pace that could only mean he would soon be bathed in red and blue light. He saw the outline of the roof mounted lights in the steel blue twilight of the sky. It had to have been a baby. He had run over a baby, and was now going to go to prison for the rest of his life. He would have a cell mate who was in the Vice Lords, and he would rape him...every night for three months. He'd toss him aside, a used shell of a man, trading him casually in the prison yard to a Mexican drug mule for a pack of smokes and a copy of "Jamaican Jugz". He would be unable to sit for weeks, and would have to sleep on the lice-ridden mattress on his stomach, crying himself silently to sleep, unable to...the car changed lanes, flying past him on the right, a blur of a red VW Jetta with a roofrack. Brad's authoriterrorian induced visage of the future faded as he crossed the rumble strip, quickly correcting to keep the truck on the road.

Etymology: authoritarian - submission to authority; terror - palpable fear


Fantastic sentence (as usual), and fits the definition nicely! - purpleartichokes, 2008-03-20: 09:16:00

when you try to say the word it comes out like a dog barking - Jabberwocky, 2008-03-20: 11:11:00

Laugh-out-loud funny story! Great creation. - Tigger, 2008-03-20: 11:55:00

You have a great imagination and the vocabulary and ability to share it ever so wittily. You really know how to play with words! As always ... Excellent! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-20: 15:42:00


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Created by: simoneshin

Pronunciation: cough-icer


Etymology: a cough is a sudden and often repetitively occurring defence reflex which helps to clear the large breathing passages from excess secretions, irritants, foreign particles

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Created by: Tigger

Pronunciation: /kop-kar-muh/

Sentence: Driving on an unfamiliar and secluded highway, on his way to college, Javier noticed a police car suddenly pull out behind him. He started to get nervous and slowed down. Had he even been speeding? Was he now going too slow, arousing further suspicion?... Were the cops here overly suspicious of young Hispanic men driving through their area in a new car? Had he done anything wrong? He'd changed lanes a few miles back, but he didn't remember signalling the lane change — there had been no other cars in sight to signal to. Perhaps there had been a police car hidden back there and he'd simply radioed to his partner up the road. How many of them were there, closing in on his position right now? Or did this have something to do with the beer Javier had drank at his going-away party two nights ago? He wasn't of legal driking age yet. It must be copkarma — all of his recent minor trangressions catching up with him.

Etymology: Cop car - Informal; automobile used by police officers (abbreviation of 'copper' & Latin, carrus "chariot") + Karma - Hinduism/Buddhism; action, seen as bringing upon oneself inevitable results, good or bad (from Sandskrit, karman "action, fate")


Very Resourcefull! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-20: 16:22:00

I like it! - purpleartichokes, 2008-03-20: 17:06:00


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Created by: silveryaspen

Pronunciation: law - of - the - jan - gul

Sentence: As I wind my way through the jungle of city streets, a squad car sticks to my bumper like glue. Even though I am doing nothing wrong, it is making me very nervous and edgy! Don't you just hate it when you become a victim of the unwritten lawofthejangle? There ought to be a law against police stalking innocent people.!

Etymology: Law of the Jungle, Jangle. Law: police. Jangle: irritating a person's nerves.


The law of the jangle and the jangled nerves brought on by the scrutiny of the law. Always running in circles...the rat race goes on....and on....and on. ;-) - Mustang, 2008-03-20: 07:05:00

petaj and the heat goes on, la de dah de da - petaj, 2008-03-20: 09:31:00

very funny - Jabberwocky, 2008-03-20: 11:05:00

Very clever and funny. Thanks for info on copasetic. I think I first heard it used in the late 1960s by someone at Mission Control, Houston when speaking to Gene Cernan, saying "Everything is copasetic, Gene." I don't know it's etymology, I must try and find out about it . - OZZIEBOB, 2008-03-22: 00:49:00


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Created by: catgrin

Pronunciation: nur-fuhz

Sentence: She'd done nothing wrong, but after he'd been following her for six blocks, the cop in her rearview had Gina feeling totally nerfuzz! Were her tags up to date? Were her lights okay? Did she remember her hand signals?!

Etymology: From "nervous" and "fuzz" (slang for police)

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Created by: libertybelle

Pronunciation: five-oh-know

Sentence: It was a case of sheer five-on-no that made Sister Mary Catherine flee at the sight of the policewalking their daily beat past the convent; she was sure they were coming after her for removing that pesky tag from her matterss.

Etymology: five-oh: slang term for police from the show Hawaii Five-o + oh no!


Funny! - Tigger, 2008-03-20: 11:48:00

Her respect for the law is embedded! - Jamagra, 2008-03-20: 11:53:00

Was were Sister's other Fourohnos? Drunk jaywalking after the communal wine? I leave it to you and anyone here to come up with another three! You really brought us a lot of fun and laughs with this one, libertybelle! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-20: 16:10:00

Freudian fingerslips ... the 1st word in my comment above should be ... What! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-20: 16:12:00

High Fives for you! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-20: 16:13:00


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Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: app ree hend sif

Sentence: Margo was always a bit apprehendsive when she saw cops; flashing blue/red lights; heard sirens or was entered into a police lineup. Her mother being a travel agent for Guilt Trips, had always made her feel that anything bad that happened was Margo's fault. So when someone had robbed the local liquor store and was caught on CCT, he/she had worn a long dark wig with pink eyeshadow,lipstick and blouse. After Horatio Crane and his crew had determined that the perpetrator on video, was a man dressed as a women (the prominent Adam's apple and yearning for Barbara Streisand and Bette Midler cds was a always a giveaway), Margo felt a lot less guilty and went out to enjoy the Drag Queen's Ball.

Etymology: apprehend (anticipate with dread or anxiety;take into custody) & apprehensive (mentally upset over possible misfortune or danger etc; worried; in fear or dread of possible evil or harm)


caught the mood! - galwaywegian, 2009-01-12: 08:18:00

Excellent etymology. - silveryaspen, 2009-01-12: 10:41:00

metrohumanx Hahahaha.Good one, N! - metrohumanx, 2009-01-12: 17:54:00

Good one! - Mustang, 2009-01-12: 23:10:00

too funny! - mweinmann, 2009-01-13: 08:29:00


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Created by: silveryaspen

Pronunciation: pe tri fuzz d

Sentence: The patrol car at a cafe, or stopping someone on a highway, chills us and fills us, with anxieties. We avoid them, like they were a dread disease. Even doing nothing wrong, it doesn't take very long, if around us, the cops buzzed, we go stone cold ... I call it petrifuzzed!

Etymology: PETRIFIED, FUZZ. PETRIFIED - so uneasy you turn stone cold. FUZZ - slang term for any type of police.


great word - Jabberwocky, 2009-01-12: 12:06:00

metrohumanx Very sobering thought. - metrohumanx, 2009-01-12: 17:53:00

good word - mweinmann, 2009-01-13: 08:30:00


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Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: kop tik

Sentence: whenever she say a panda car in the rear view, her coptick would start. a nervous twitch on the right side of her face that would work its way down to the accelerator foot within two blocks.

Etymology: coptic, cop, tic.


Tip top word ... er tick cop word! - silveryaspen, 2009-01-12: 10:32:00

funny - Jabberwocky, 2009-01-12: 12:06:00


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Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2008-03-20: 00:01:00
Today's definition was suggested by Nosila. Thank you Nosila. ~ James

mokelmoney - 2009-01-12: 12:32:00

mokelmoney - 2009-01-12: 12:38:00
copetrinoia: cop/ e/ tri/ noia- to be petrified of the cops to the point of paranoia. Also, not change the subject [no pun intended] ,however I have made numerous contributions. Why are they being disregarded? Please check again...thats Bea Helfy or mokelmoney. Thank you

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2010-05-27: 00:07:00
Today's definition was suggested by Nosila. Thank you Nosila. ~ James

DiplomatUfimskmef - 2018-05-27: 19:30:00
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