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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: rebelvin

Pronunciation: cow-herd-hiss-card

Sentence: We are so full of cowardiscard, we discuss at length how to toss every single thing out.

Etymology: cowardice+discard

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Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: il lit ter as see

Sentence: Betty & Bob both suffered from illitteracy. They still could not figure out what was recyclable, compostable or just plain trash. They even tried joining Waste Watchers. This confusion was further added to by their garbage collectors, who were moody jokers. Sometimes they would take away the stuff, sometimes not. After all Bob & Betty's efforts and research on the Web about environmental responsibility, imagine their surprise if they found out that their town just dumped it all in the same landfill anyway!

Etymology: Ill (sick from; distressing; a cause for complaining ) & Iliteracy (an inability to read;ignorance resulting from not reading) & Litter (garbage, refuse, trash, especially that left in public places)

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Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: lit ter ay shun

Sentence: Lyndon literally was left in a state of litteration over the local litter laws. Listlessly he tried to let Lisa look through the litter to lawfully not be litigated.

Etymology: Litter (garbage) & Alliteration (using same consonants to start)

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Created by: Stevenson0

Pronunciation: ill/eco/law/gi/cal

Sentence: With all the different rules and regulations for recycling and what goes in what box, where and on what day, Jim and Jane found it all confusing and totally illecological.

Etymology: illogical + ecological


Your etymology and word are ingeniously clever! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-25: 12:57:00


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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: Kennecticut




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Created by: kateinkorea

Pronunciation: per KERBD

Sentence: I am getting fed up with Mike always being percurbed about putting out our recylables on the road. He worries about whether we are putting out too much or too little. Last week he brought some of our trash to work so nobody would see it in front of our place in our recycle bins.

Etymology: PERTURBED: alarmed anxious or worried about something CURB: side of the road


funny - Jabberwocky, 2009-01-15: 13:20:00


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Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: ree sigh koe ling

Sentence: The repsycholing turned his brain to jelly, but not in any useful way.

Etymology: recycling, psycho

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Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: Re - syke - luh - foe - bya

Sentence: Eugenia's recyclophobia was so severe that she would become nearly hysterical in her efforts to sort the materials into the proper bins.

Etymology: Recycle and phobia


GMTA ... good minds think alike ... it was the first verboticism that came to my mind. This seems to happen a bit among ALL the verbotomists. There's a delightful meeting of the minds on verbotomy in so many ways. Excellent verboticism! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-25: 13:33:00


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Created by: rikboyee

Pronunciation: re-sigh-coh-sis

Sentence: i looked at my used tea bag and then at the different bins and went into a state of recychosis

Etymology: recycle, psychosis


nice word - Jabberwocky, 2008-03-25: 12:18:00

Like the way it conveys the anxiety in the definition. Good word! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-25: 12:41:00

Excellent blending! - Tigger, 2008-03-25: 23:23:00


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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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