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'I've been pre-approved for a new credit card?'

DEFINITION: v. To offer pre-approved credit, loans or sweepstake prizes in order to lock the some poor sucker into permanent usury. n. Junk mail, spam or telemarketing offers for pre-approved credit and loans.

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Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: ed mc man oover

Sentence: Stella got that important-looking envelope in the mail for the first time. You know, the one that says, "You May Already Be A New Homeowner"! Her heart started beating faster as she read the large print. Was it really possible after living in basement suites and studio apartments all her adult life, that she could actually have won a home of her own??? Her head swirled with fantasy with each sentence she read. The possibilities...more than one bedroom and bathroom, a lovely garden, a garage, a patio, loads of room for entertaining and room for a dog or two! In other words, all the things she could never afford working at the convenience store. All she had to do to win the house was order a pre-approved credit card at 36% interest and order a few magazines. She looked through the selection of publications, trying to find one or two that actually might interest her. Popular Mechanics, BodyBuilder, Crochet Today, HangGlider's Weekly, Parenting...gee, not much here to make her want to read them once, never mind a 3 year subscription. She settled for Convenience Store Monthly and Buyer Beware, sent in her entry forms and payment. At first she was excited, but disappointment grew at not hearing anything back for weeks. One early morning, a van, a marching band, champagne, flowers and a TV crew showed up at her door. Stella answered it in hair rollers, shaggy slippers and a distressed housecoat, with a green cosmetic mask stuck on her face. She had won the House!!! She was awestruck, her mask cracked and peeled as she jumped up and down. The house she had won was ironically the one that Ed McMahon had been foreclosed on and now she was the proud owner. This edmcmahoneuever had worked in her favor!

Etymology: Ed McMahon (TV Personality also known as spokesperson ofr Publishers' Clearing House whose tagline "You may already be a winner" has lured millions to sign up for magazine subscriptions and merchandise in order to be entered into their Sweepatakes Draw. In latter years,ironically, Ed has faced bankruptcy, being sued by creditors, suing various people himself and mortgage foreclosures for non-payment). & Maneuver (an action aimed at evading an opponent;a move made to gain a tactical end;a deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill)


A Real Prize Package! - silveryaspen, 2009-02-24: 14:45:00


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Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: in dept chure

Sentence: When Della got hom,e from work, she had yet more mail to sort. From different angles, each one wanted her to be in a state of indebture to them.

Etymology: Indenture (a contract binding one party into the service of another for a specified term) & Debt (the state of owing something (especially money)

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Created by: rombus

Pronunciation: kred + det

Sentence: Lonnie just got a new credebt card. It gives him so much credit at such a high rate that he will never get out of debt.

Etymology: Credit and Debt - Credit (money made available to borrow) and Debt (the state of owing something)


Meaning readily apparent, easy to say, a perfect pun, and sticks in the memory. Absolutely Brilliant! - silveryaspen, 2009-02-24: 14:34:00

That's probably how they spelled it originally...good word - Nosila, 2009-02-24: 21:59:00


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Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: det/bil/i/tay/shun

Sentence: Offering credit cards to students who have just incurred huge loans is debtbillitation and shouldn't be allowed.

Etymology: debt + bill + debilitation (enfeebling)


I think they should make that a real word! - kateinkorea, 2009-02-24: 07:55:00

Terrific! - TJayzz, 2009-02-24: 10:43:00

Owe! Owe! Good One! - silveryaspen, 2009-02-24: 14:41:00


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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: flimflamskamjam

Sentence: Trudy found herself paying for one credit card with the next one. She couldn't wait for the mail to deliver the next pre-approved offer. She was in a complete flimflanscamjam. Her financial plan can be compared to fire walking. If she hesitates at all she is gonna get burned.

Etymology: flimflam (a confidence game) + scam (a dishonest scheme; a fraud) + jam (an awkward situation or predicament)


This is one of those "Can't say it 10 times fast" words. - wayoffcenter, 2009-02-24: 07:19:00

New idea for a sammich: Peanut butter and flimflam jam. Good word! - Mustang, 2009-02-24: 19:02:00


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Created by: metrohumanx

Pronunciation: CARROTn-schtick

Sentence: Debbie Terwilliger pounced on any free offer, no matter how unlikely. At her college, sleazy agents handed out credit cards by the bushel, and DebT grabbed a handful. She fell for the old CARATNSCHTICK everytime, and now she's getting a pedicure in debtor's prison.

Etymology: CARAT+n+SCHTICK=CARATNSCHTICK..........CARAT:a unit of fineness for gold equal to 1⁄24 part of pure gold in an alloy.....CARROT:a reward or advantage offered especially as an inducement; Middle French carotte, from Late Latin carota, from Greek karōton.....SCHTICK: a usually comic or repetitious performance or routine; Yiddish shtik pranks, literally, piece, from Middle High German stücke, from Old High German stucki; akin to Old English stycce piece, Old High German stoc stick.....carrot and stick:The carrot and stick approach was first used by owners of donkeys in order to keep their animals moving. Whenever the animal stopped, the rider used to dangle a raw carrot in front of the animal's nose, or beat it with the stick.

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Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: ab yuz yuree

Sentence: The real reason that there is a world monetary crisis is because of the abusury of banks, lenders, credit companies and insurers. All those "introductory low interest or interest-free" credit cards and lines of credit were the bait used to lure the innocent consumers into financial ruin! They are the credit crystal-meth designed to addict and enslave.

Etymology: Abuse (treat badly;change the inherent purpose or function of something) & Usury (an exorbitant or unlawful rate of interest)

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Created by: kateinkorea

Pronunciation: SPAM SCAM

Sentence: I couldn't believe it when I got an email that said "The Perfect Man Dating Site". I hate spam mail and I usually ignore it. But this one had come into my Inbox, so I convinced myself that maybe it had been sent to me by a friend. It advertised that only 10% of the members were women and the rest were good, decent, successful men all looking for women. They were having a contest to encourage more women to join these poor (um...but not poor) lonely men on this site. So of course I went on to the website and joined. This was worse than spam it was spamscam. It was one of the worst ever rip-offs. I visited the site several times over the next week. Later I got a bill for $548. I hadn't read through the terms of membership (in my haste) and now I owed this place money for having looked at these profiles.

Etymology: SPAM: unwanted mail SCAM: trick to cheat someone out of something or into something


Turned out to be a very expensive date! - Mustang, 2009-02-24: 19:00:00


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Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: skam-wow

Sentence: Having been hammered over and over by a recent infomercial about a wipe cloth, wheneven Heathcliffe would see ads of any kind for those 'too good to be true' products or services he would involuntarily shout "Scamwow!", oftentimes startling people near him.

Etymology: Blend of scam and the exclamation'wow', a play on Shamwow, a commercially advertised product.

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Created by: DnBrown




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Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2009-02-24: 00:01:01
Today's definition was suggested by readerwriter. Thank you readerwriter. ~ James

readerwriter - 2009-02-24: 08:20:00
The thanks should go to my hubby who doesn't play, but loves to hear the defs!

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2009-02-24: 22:59:00
Well lets give thanks to your hubby. Sounds like he has lots of good ideas! ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2010-09-07: 00:00:00
Today's definition was suggested by readerwriter. Thank you readerwriter. ~ James