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'You made that without using a real turkey?'

DEFINITION: v., To leave out an important ingredient when you are sharing a favorite recipe so that no one else can make it taste as good as yours. n., A recipe that is missing one or more key ingredients.

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Created by: rombus

Pronunciation: pole - tree - guy - st

Sentence: Amanda was disappointed. It looked like she had created a poultrygeist this Thanksgiving. She couldn't understand why her roast duck, BBQ chicken and most of all, her beloved deep fried Turkey did not look or taste the way that they should. She thought this would be a true poultry smorgasbord, extravaganza....especially since she had obtained all of Aunt Martha's secret receipes.

Etymology: The word "Poultry" starts off this word. We know that poultry is not usually foul but is really "fowl". The word "Geist" is German and is difficult to translate but is often used to mean mind, spirit or ghost.


very fitting this week - great word - Jabberwocky, 2008-11-26: 11:17:00

clever word - silveryaspen, 2008-11-26: 12:45:00

metrohumanx EXCELLENT word,Rombus! Nice segue from Halloween, too. got a vote from me. - metrohumanx, 2008-11-26: 14:09:00

Amanda is clearly a victim of Fowl Play! Great word. - Nosila, 2008-11-26: 20:40:00

great contribution - OZZIEBOB, 2008-11-27: 02:10:00


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Created by: xirtam

Pronunciation: in-gree-dee-nyet

Sentence: I tried making the Chili following the directions Bob gave to me. It wasn't the same, it was missing something. What was that last ingredinyet that he "forgot"?

Etymology: Ingredient: Latin ingrediēns - something that enters as an element into a mixture. + Nyet: Russian – No.

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Created by: OZZIEBOB

Pronunciation: SAB-uh-TIR-ah-M'-soo

Sentence: Roxie planned to impress Bob's new boss by cooking for him a meal fit for a god. But the evening quickly turned into a noshmare, when Roxie, following the recipe given to her by her best friend, added spam rather than ham to the dish. The anticipated ambrosia became in a minute a shambrosia, but worse was yet to come when she added freshly made toffee rather than strongly brewed coffee to the italian dessert, leaving Roxie to wonder whether she had been the victim of sabotiramisu or simply a case of her own shortsighted "cordon blur".

Etymology: SABOTIRAMISU: Blend of SABOTAGE: any undermining of a cause. & TIRAMISU : The name Tiramisu is Italian and means "pull-me-up" (Tirami su), a reference to the effects of the sugar and espresso, and can be translated figuratively as "pick-me-up" or in this case: "put-me-down". ShAMBROSIA n. blend of sham: trick, hoax, fraud & ambrosia: used of various foods for mortals since 1685. Cognate: shambrosiate vb.


petaj Love the sentence - petaj, 2008-11-26: 02:39:00

All so good ... but cordon blur ... is my favorite for today! (wink/grin) - silveryaspen, 2008-11-26: 03:28:00

wonderful - Jabberwocky, 2008-11-26: 11:22:00

metrohumanx Hahaha...NOSHMARE!....I initially thought the key was "sabot"...(a thrust-transmitting carrier that positions a missile in a gun barrel or launching tube and that prevents the escape of gas ahead of the missile) Eiter way, it's a great word, O-Bob. - metrohumanx, 2008-11-26: 14:24:00


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Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: rong kok shun

Sentence: No one could figure out why Marianne made the best chili in the family. When they tried to copy her old family recipe, it never tasted the same. One day her nephew Charlie, a criminalogical forensic chemist, decided to analyze the ingredients in a batch she had made. When he compared it to the recipe she had given him it was no wonder he kept making a wrongcoction. There was no evidence of beef, tomato, beans or known spices in the original recipe. To this day, her wrongcoction remains an unsolved mystery to Charlie.

Etymology: Wrong (not in accord with established usage or procedure) & Concoction (any foodstuff made by combining different ingredients;the act of creating something (a medicine or drink or soup etc.) by compounding or mixing a variety of components)


petaj clever - petaj, 2008-11-26: 02:40:00

When I said it out loud, it sounds a tad bit risque and made me giggle! Wow ... what a fun word! - silveryaspen, 2008-11-26: 03:17:00

metrohumanx Please bring a covered dish to the First Annual International Verbotomy Festival and Bake-Off scheduled for 2010 (location TBA) tupperware please. - metrohumanx, 2008-11-26: 10:42:00

metrohumanx And how about that sublime BEEF-A-REENO that cleared the house last Christmas? - metrohumanx, 2008-11-26: 14:31:00


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Created by: lumina

Pronunciation: res/kip/ee

Sentence: While shopping for the ingredients, something told Suzanne that something was just not right. How could THIS be all that was inside Julia's DELICIOUS casserole? She swore she tasted ground turkey, but why wasn't it on the list? It wasn't until the strange concoction was pulled out of the oven that Julia realized Jan had managed to slip her yet another reskippee.

Etymology: recipe + skip


metrohumanx Hahaha. Good one, Lumee. - metrohumanx, 2008-11-26: 14:40:00


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Created by: mrskellyscl

Pronunciation: dish-in-gen-u-ous

Sentence: Mrs. Spaghettini was totally dishingenuous when it came to her pizzelle recipe. She would proudly bring them to church suppers and card parties and listen to the accolades of all the church ladies. However, it was a mystery that no one could duplicate her recipe, even though she wrote it down for everyone. It wasn't until after her death that her daughter revealed the missing ingredient - homemade wine. Perhaps that's why the church suppers turned ugly when the ladies started arguing about football, religion and politics.

Etymology: dish: a particular variety or preparation of food + disingenuous: not straightforward or candid; calculating or insincere (Pizzelles - Italian anise cookies that look like little church windows and taste divine even without the wine)

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Created by: libertybelle

Pronunciation: oh-mit-stir-ee

Sentence: The cassarole that Teddy served was fantastic. Too bad he decided to keep the recipe as an omitstery and not tell me what the filling was made of. This really shows the level of his ingreedience.

Etymology: Omit+ mystery


Maybe Teddy left out 'soylent green' ("Soylent Green is people!"). Ingreedience is a good one too. - Tigger, 2007-11-25: 18:59:00


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Created by: jajsr

Pronunciation: c-uh-en-sk-uhn-se

Sentence: Debbie knew she'd been culensconced, because she followed Dave's receipe and it still didn't taste like his.

Etymology: Combination of the beginning of "culinary" and the word "esconce"

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Created by: silveryaspen

Pronunciation: Miss -ee - Mess - uh - pees

Sentence: The young maid decided to make a magic brew, a love potion number two ... to use on you! From the oysterman she took a single oyster crab, because her magic book of recipes, called for just a dab. After letting it set in chocolate sauce overknight, by morning, it was ready ... just seemed so right! But she forgot the incantation that it required, also. Without the chant ... unenchanted ... his love would never grow! So he remained maidless ... due to her missing word link! Those missedoutrecipes, are not worth a zip to drink. "Nun for me!" ... we say to those Missymessypees!

Etymology: (1) Missy - for the missing part. Messy - to describe what it makes. Pees for the last sillybull (pun intended) of recipes! (2) Miss is synonmous with maid as well ... and missy, is what men do when the maid is gone ... and messy they become, when the maid is gone! (3) Too many double (maybe triple) meanings in lots of this ... so feel free to write your own etymologies for those you see!


charming - Jabberwocky, 2008-11-26: 11:25:00

Love the poetic license! - Nosila, 2008-11-26: 20:42:00

Ha! Great one! - lumina, 2008-11-27: 01:59:00


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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: disəpôrshənmənt

Sentence: When Jill tried Jason’s recipe for baked beans the disaportionment was palpable. Perhaps the omission of beans from the instructions is an issue.

Etymology: disapointment (the feeling of sadness or displeasure caused by the nonfulfillment of one’s hopes or expectations) + portion (a part of a whole)

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Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-11-22: 00:01:00
Today's definition was suggested by kabloozie. Thank you kabloozie! ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2009-12-15: 00:34:00
Today's definition was suggested by kabloozie. Thank you kabloozie. ~ James