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'You can't put paper towels in the paper recycling!!'

DEFINITION: n. Anxiety created by an inability to understand or follow the regulations for recycling, composting and garbage collection. v. To feel confused and conflicted because you produce too much garbage and don't know how to get rid of it.

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Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: eko dis ord era fob eeya

Sentence: Eric was new to the whole recycling thing. He had thought recycling was when they made the Tour de France be run again. He & Kate spent hours trying to sort all their household waste into suitable categories. You could say they suffered from ecodisorderafobia, because they were always afraid they were sorting their trash improperly. Would the Garbage Police shut them down once and for all for failing to conform? For months they lived with this fear. Finally Eric got brave one morning and approached the garbageman (okay Waste Disposal Technician) as he came down their alley. Biting the bullet he bravely asked the civic employee how they were doing in their sorting efforts. The garbageman winked and chuckled and told him not to worry. When Eric pressed him why he should not worry, he was told that all the stuff was just going to be dumped into the landfill anyway! All these months they had been sorting their trash for the seagulls. It was then that Eric & Kate vowed to become ecowarriors and run for city council.

Etymology: ecology (the environment as it relates to living organisms) & disorder (a condition in which things are not in their expected places or disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried or alarmed) & phobia ( an anxiety disorder characterized by extre


Your sentence and word do a great job of presenting this part of the issue. Excellent! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-25: 12:48:00

I agree. Your sentence hits on the topic of the economics of recycling, and how recycling programs are only successful when it's economically feasible to recycle (i.e. if it costs more to recycle something, then the program must either be subsidized or abandoned). Very thought provoking. - Tigger, 2008-03-25: 22:58:00


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Created by: doseydotes

Pronunciation: rə-bish-en(t)-shən

Sentence: Standing before the recycling bins in the Wal*Mart parking lot, Midge felt herself break out in a sweat. Did the aluminum vegetable cans belong with the soda cans, or did they simply go in with the regular garbage? "Good grief, lady, hurry up!" the man behind Midge spat between clenched teeth. Midge, her vision blurring, gave up and walked away with her bags of refuse. "I'm going to have to visit Dr. Johnson and see if I can't get something for this rubbishension pretty soon," she thought, as she stuffed the bags into her car, which was already filled with other recyclables.

Etymology: From Greek, rub, meaning "to cause slight friction"; from Phoenician, bish, meaning "fish with big lips"; and from English (American South dialect), ension, meaning "to creep along slowly and stealthily."

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Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: ill eek oh lodge ick ahl

Sentence: Her illogical concerns caused her upset, both mentally and internally. in fact the worries acted as a sort of illecolonical irrigation.

Etymology: illogical, ecological


very funny - Jabberwocky, 2009-01-15: 13:22:00


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Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: re-cyc-lah-FOE-bya

Sentence: Wilbur had a bad case of recyclophobia when it came time to separate recyclables for collection each Thursday, as he could not grasp the concept of separating those materials from ordinary refuse and he always wound up leaving the job to his wife, Clara.

Etymology: blend of 'recycle' (to treat or process (used or waste materials so as to make suitable for reuse) and 'phobia' (unreasonable fear of something)

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Created by: mweinmann

Pronunciation: con - sir - vex - ashun

Sentence: Cicily and Marty stayed up for hours the night before garbage collection in a total state of conservexation as they tried to sort through their mounds of trash. They were confused by all of the recycling and composting rules and the appointed bins, bags, containers and cans. By morning, everything was out to the curb but they both had bad dreams about plastic and paper.....

Etymology: Conservation (the preservation and careful management of the environment and of natural resources) + Vexation (disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress, causing difficulty in finding an answer or solution)


VEXellent! - silveryaspen, 2009-01-15: 12:30:00


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Created by: metrohumanx

Pronunciation: bow-GUST-oh-green

Sentence: Trudy and Dave carefully separated ALL their plastic bags from the thousands of disposable juice boxes and miniature half-ounce cat fuel tins. Trudy bought a rechargeable electric car which really ran on toxic strip-mined coal produced near the Rocky Mountains, and Dave developed a nasty squint because he'd replaced all their light bulbs with underpowered compact fluorescent curly tubes filled with carcinogenic chemicals. Trudy and Dave felt extremely BOGUSTOGREEN when the gargagemen arrived and tossed all that carefully sorted waste into the same truck and shipped it off to a landfill in an economically depressed region where folks were GLAD to fill in a verdant valley just to lower their own property taxes. BOGUSTOGREENIES everywhere blissfully ignored the principles of minimal packaging, returnable bottles and NOT bringing all that crapola home IN THE FIRST PLACE!

Etymology: BOGus+gUSTO+GREEN=BOGUSTOGREEN.........BOGUS:not genuine;obsolete argot bogus counterfeit money 1825...GUSTO:enthusiastic and vigorous enjoyment or appreciation,: vitality marked by an abundance of enthusiasm; Italian, from Latin gustus, past participle 1620.....GREEN: relating to or being an environmentalist,pretending to preserve environmental quality (as by being recyclable, biodegradable, or nonpolluting )


metrohumanx Recycling is a sham. Less than 2% really gets reused, but I do it anyway. - metrohumanx, 2009-01-15: 02:02:00


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Created by: Stevenson0

Pronunciation: ap/green/hen/shun

Sentence: With all the new recycle rules, the tree huggers are filled with total apgreenhension every garbage day.

Etymology: APGREENHENSION - noun - from APPREHENSION (anticipation of adversity) + GREEN (environmentally aware)


Anything green these days will win a popularity contest! Great create! - silveryaspen, 2009-01-15: 12:34:00


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Created by: OZZIEBOB

Pronunciation: DUHUMP-found

Sentence: "What if we should stack it higher than we did last week?" Roxie observed; "we are already somewhat short of space." "I don't think he would have left us this size bin if he thought that was going to happen," said Bob; "he knows all about these things. He's a cagey fellow, Mr Dregnought; how he came to find out about those paint tins, batteries and our entire plastic record collection of Tiny Tim's greatest hits were in there, is beyond my telling." Perhaps it was a drossoverreaction, but they didn't feel comfortable as they saw their taboo of trash, like a tsunami, rising higher and higher, and began to feel dumpfounded, and considered that, after all, it might have been better to have tried to dispose of their gargantua of garbage some other way.

Etymology: Blend of Dump & dumbfound


Great sentence. Clever word! - silveryaspen, 2009-01-15: 12:36:00

great word - Jabberwocky, 2009-01-15: 13:22:00

Talk trash to us...great word! - Nosila, 2009-01-15: 23:59:00

Great word... I was all excited because I had created dumpfounded and then I checked and saw you already had this one!!!! - mweinmann, 2009-01-16: 10:08:00


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Created by: Jamagra

Pronunciation: post/con/soom/er/puh/ral'/uh/sis

Sentence: Standing before the five bins with a laundry basket containing 15 pounds of recyclables, Jillian realized that overnight her mild case of "sorter's block" had become raging "postconsumer paralysis".

Etymology: postconsumer waste (packaging left after the goods inside have been used) + paralysis (a state of helpless inablility to act)


Nicely describes the definition!! - purpleartichokes, 2008-03-25: 12:47:00

Your sentence and verboticism also evoke the feeling/anxiety in the definition exceptionally well! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-25: 12:56:00

There a lot of long verboticisms today. Kudos for the longest! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-25: 13:58:00


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Created by: lplybon

Pronunciation: "in-SAN-i-tay-SHUN"

Sentence: Sharon's insanitation has greatly increased since she moved to Green Acres, a community where everyone recycles. Her insanitation has gotten so bad she swears to her husband that the "recycle police" are coming to get her!

Etymology: Combination of the words "insanity" and "sanitation"

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Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2008-03-25: 00:01:00
Today's definition was suggested by remistram. Thank you remistram. ~ James

stache - 2008-03-25: 02:10:00
I love the "IDEAS" bin.

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2008-03-25: 05:32:00
Thanks stache. That's the bin where I put out my old ideas for recycling. ~ James

Jamagra - 2008-03-25: 08:07:00
James... maybe you could recycle those ideas my way? Love the cartoon and the word, but today... I got nothin'.

Jamagra - 2008-03-25: 09:10:00
Oh! Thought of something. I'm good now!

remistram - 2008-03-25: 10:23:00
got our massive bin last week...process is a bit more streamlined, am happy now!

purpleartichokes - 2008-03-25: 11:15:00
Lucky you, remi... our community recycling consists of loading the stuff up in your car and taking it to the recycling center on one of the few days/hours that they happen to be open. Sucks. I did get a FREE compost bin from our state env. protection folks. $80 value. My mother (and only my mother) is so proud!

My Rottin' Poem

I love my compost pile!
It thrills me to the bone
To think that all that wilted slop
Will enhance the crops I've grown!

I garden with a passion,
And I compost with a zeal.
I collect the coffee grounds at work
And cherish every peel.

In my cellar I compost in winter
Much to my son's dismay.
Though sweet to me, the smell can chase
Unwanted guests away.

My pile in the summer
Is a another sad slop story.
The dog next door gulps the gourmet treat,
Then regurgitates... quite gory.

The peels get strewn about my lawn
By some midnight compost thief.
I try to promptly pick up the stuff,
Before the neighbors give me grief.

The egg-shells never make it
To calcify my plants.
The birds steal most of the precious shards
Or they get toted off by ants.

My composting efforts without a bin
Have been daunting, to say the least.
By the time the stuff finally starts to rot,
It gets eaten by some beast.

So you see, kind folks at DEP
Why it's for a bin I pray.
If I can clean up my compost act,
The neighbors might let me stay!

silveryaspen - 2008-03-25: 13:09:00
Funtastic rhyme and reasoning!

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2008-03-25: 16:22:00
Hey purple, I figured you loved vegetables, and guessed you were a dedicated composter, but composting in your basement??? Yikes!! Maybe that's why your shower curtain is covered in mildew. ~ James

Jamagra - 2008-03-25: 17:25:00
Purple, I am very proud of you too! You grow, girl!

purpleartichokes - 2008-03-25: 18:21:00
Um, yeah, I actually did compost in the basement in a garbage can. Apparently, I didn't add enough "browns" to the mix, cuz when I dumped it in the spring, the neighborhood smelled like a cesspool for days. ...oops. Thanks Jamagra! I'm gonna try my hand at a giant punkin this year! James - thanks for the idea. I bet that shower curtain junk would compost nicely!

arrrteest - 2008-03-25: 18:37:00
Great poem, too! I used to have a worm composting bin. At least the kids thought it was cool.

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2010-06-01: 00:31:00
Today's definition was suggested by remistram. Thank you remistram. ~ James

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