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DEFINITION: n. The feeling you get when fate plays a stupid little trick on you, just to remind you that life isn't fair. v. To suddenly remember that you've been screwed by the powers that be.

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Created by: ErWenn

Pronunciation: /ˈmɚfənˌkɑli/

Sentence: Murphancholy is as likely to be triggered by the Peter Principle, Hofstadter's Law, Godwin's Law, or other force of irony than by Murphy's Law itself.

Etymology: From Murphy (as in Murphy's Law) + melancholy


Nice. - wordmeister, 2007-03-08: 01:06:00

A very good combo! - purpleartichokes, 2007-03-08: 04:49:00

Gotta give you credit (and a vote) for the fancypants linguistic markings in the pronunciation. - Osomatic, 2007-03-08: 05:40:00

Woo! I knew all that time fiddling with the IPA charts would pay off. - ErWenn, 2007-03-08: 17:35:00


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Created by: ekath

Pronunciation: diss-ten-ny

Sentence: The dissteney sank into her stomach as she managed to stub her toe while reaching for the china, which now lay on the tile floor in a thousands bitter sharp shards.

Etymology: from diss + destiny

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Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: ran dum

Sentence: these randumb events were beginning to sow seeds of doubt about her ever having her own broadcasting corporation by the age of thirty

Etymology: random, dumb


clever! - wordmeister, 2007-03-08: 08:23:00


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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: kärməgetin

Sentence: Harry seems to be surprised every time fate slaps him in the face. He refuses to change his behaviors so he keeps karmagettin the same results. Somehow this only makes him more determined to continue on the same course. Such is the life of a bulldog.

Etymology: karma (destiny or fate, following as effect from cause) + gettin (come to have or hold something; receive) a plat on Armageddon - the last battle between good and evil before the Day of Judgment


Karmandgettit! - Nosila, 2009-09-25: 17:32:00


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Created by: Ahmad

Pronunciation: ai-ro-faet

Sentence: He tried his best but fall a pray to irofate

Etymology: irony of fate ...

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Created by: petaj

Pronunciation: rhymes with humiliated

Sentence: Carole was humilifated by the continuing mishaps that plagued her.

Etymology: humiliate (to cause a painful loss of dignity) + fate (destiny)


petaj I guess that's just the way the fortunecookiecrumbles. - petaj, 2007-03-08: 02:56:00

excellent - wordmeister, 2007-03-08: 08:23:00

Nice one! - BMott, 2007-03-08: 23:49:00


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Created by: catgrin

Pronunciation: spoo-feyt

Sentence: A sense of spoofate overcame Angela as the toothpaste plopped onto her new silk shirt. She had to laugh - bitterly.

Etymology: combination of root words spoof +fate

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Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: suk/shun

Sentence: Sucktion is the feeling I get when I log in and see so many clever words already submitted

Etymology: suck + suction


hear ya - porsche, 2007-03-08: 12:04:00


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Created by: tonya87

Pronunciation: Mer-F-Dest-en

Sentence: Damn Merphdesten, you strike again!


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Created by: Osomatic

Pronunciation: vish + iss + ih + tood

Sentence: The brakes on my car failed three days after the warranty expired... it's enough to give you a vicioussitude!

Etymology: vicious + (vicissitude combined with attitude)


like it. - galwaywegian, 2007-03-08: 04:46:00

Thanks, person-from-Galway-or-so-I-assume. I know it doesn't *exactly* meet the definition, but as soon as it popped into my brain I knew I could not resist. - Osomatic, 2007-03-08: 04:49:00

petaj I think it's as close as may be. Makes Fortune sound like vengeful agent. - petaj, 2007-03-08: 05:50:00

I tried saying this word and sprayed slobber all over my monitor... - Alchemist, 2007-03-08: 14:43:00


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Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-03-08: 12:11:01
Today's definition was suggested by paintergrl1313.
Thank you paintergrl1313! ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2009-09-25: 00:04:00
Today's definition was suggested by paintergrl1313. Thank you paintergrl1313. ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2009-09-25: 08:47:00
It's the last day of our first Jasper Fforde week, and it a three-way race for "The Eyre Affair". So don't forget to cast your votes for your favorite writers! And more good news... We're book-jumping with Thursday Next! Next week you can win a signed copy of Fforde's second book, "Lost in a Good Book". ~ James