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'Yeah, I'm in heaven now.'

DEFINITION: n. A harmless untruth, intended to comfort simple souls. v. To use a little bit a fiction to smooth over the perplexities and complexities of life.

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Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: fribb

Sentence: As was his nature, Alexander once again passed along a frib when asked a hard question with a potentially embarrasing answer, a tiny untruth that was told to spare the feelings of his friend.

Etymology: Blend of the words 'fib' (small lie) and 'rib' poke fun or make light of.

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Created by: lumina

Pronunciation: re/a/blur/ance

Sentence: Her therapist knew she was too fragile for the truth on this night. It was obvious to him that her husband did not really have the ability to give himself a hickey near his belly button. Instead, he offered a little reablurrance hoping he could muster his best poker face.

Etymology: reassurance: the act of reassuring; restoring someone's confidence. blur: clouding, or fogging. reablurrance: the act of reassuring and blurring the facts a bit when the truth will hurt


cute - Nosila, 2008-06-23: 22:01:00

Nice and comforting! - reverb, 2008-07-11: 12:28:00


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Created by: patb

Pronunciation: too-troo

Sentence: Tom used tootroo about the "non-infectious airborne contagions" to convince his girlfriend that it was okay to kiss, as long as he didn't breathe

Etymology: too true two

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Created by: suzanne

Pronunciation: lull-ay-ly

Sentence: martha was afraid her wedding dress made her looked fat but as we were already walking down the aisle I felt that a lullalie would be safer than admitting she looked like a cruise liner from the back.

Etymology: lull- to gently rock or soothe lie - untruth.,


Oooo. Like it! - purpleartichokes, 2007-04-16: 07:12:00

I cannot tell a lullalie! very good - galwaywegian, 2007-04-16: 07:18:00

Perfect for sleep-inducing and deceitful politicians - wordmeister, 2007-04-17: 05:08:00


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Created by: vonnegut

Pronunciation: fo-ma

Sentence: Nothing in this book is true. "Live by the foma* that make you brave and kind and healthy and happy." The Books of Bokonon. I: 5

Etymology: Created by Kurt Vonnegut for Cat's Cradle, published in 1963.

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Created by: OZZIEBOB

Pronunciation: pla-FEE-bo

Sentence: "What do I say?" thought Bob. That was what he had been asking himself all week. But Roxie's questions were flying faster than any of his answers were coming in to land. He needed a plafibo to allay her fears; he hoped he would find one before she found out that he had lost the tickets for their upcoming overseas trip.

Etymology: PLACEBO: ME from Latin: I shall be pleased;an innocuous or inert medication; given as a pacifier & FIB: a small trivial lie, minor falsehood.


great - Jabberwocky, 2008-06-23: 16:03:00

Good one! - lumina, 2008-06-23: 22:55:00


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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: fab-ri-pley-keyt

Sentence: Sometimes people just can't handle the truth so sometimes it is easier to fabriplacate them with a little white lie.

Etymology: fabricate (to fake; forge) + placate (calm, appease)

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Created by: josje

Pronunciation: total loss

Sentence: my life my brain my body are all total loss

Etymology: total as in complete Loss as in lost

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Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: en fay belur

Sentence: Most parents are enfablers to ease their little ones through life's stages. Case in point is when the kiddies start losing their baby teeth. If the tooth in question is put under the child's pillow, their parents tell them that the Tooth Fairy will take it away while they sleep and leave them money. Truth is, they should tell the kids to put away that money for when their adult teeth start falling out and they need to pay a dentist huge sums to replace them...

Etymology: Enabler (one who can render capable or able for some task; makes it easier) & Fable (a deliberately false or improbable account; a short moral story; often using imaginary or supernatural events)


metrohumanx You mean there IS no tooth fairy? I'm shattered! - metrohumanx, 2009-11-02: 01:48:00

Relax, though...there is a Santa Claus and an Easter Bunny! - Nosila, 2009-11-02: 09:29:00

So trutooth. - splendiction, 2009-11-02: 23:13:00

splendid - mweinmann, 2009-11-03: 07:52:00


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Created by: Guthlaf1

Pronunciation: LOOTH

Sentence: Yes, the government is always right, and that's the luth.

Etymology: A combination of 'truth' and 'lie', substituting "L" for "TR".

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ErWenn - 2007-04-16: 08:00:00
Best verbotoon ever. So it goes, buddy, so it goes.

ErWenn - 2007-04-16: 08:20:00
Just noticed what was written on the typewriter. Ha!

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-04-16: 15:03:00
Today's definition was suggested by Kurt Vonnegut and first appeared in his novel Cat's Cradle.
Thank you Mr. Vonnegut! ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-04-16: 15:12:00
RE: "Best Verbotoon Ever" Thanks ErWenn! However I must say it was all inspired by KV himself. So it goes... ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-04-17: 16:11:00
See the top 4 words of the day at Yeah, I'm in heaven now ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2008-06-23: 00:01:00
Today's definition was suggested by Kurt Vonnegut and first appeared in his novel Cat's Cradle.
Thank you Mr. Vonnegut! ~ James

wurdless - 2008-07-12: 15:23:00
Vonnegut is cool!

reverb - 2008-07-12: 15:31:00
cat's cradle rocks

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2009-11-02: 00:00:00
Today's definition was suggested by vonnegut. Thank you vonnegut. ~ James

metrohumanx metrohumanx - 2009-11-02: 01:42:00
Live it or live WITH it!