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'Henry! Get out here quick!'

DEFINITION: v. To try to kill a weed that just won't die. n. A weed that just keeps on coming back, no matter what you do to it.

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Rhizomemania

Created by: abrakadeborah

Pronunciation: rhi-zome-ma-ni-a

Sentence: Harrietta and Henry would landscape and work all weekend long on their lawn... pulling,shoveling,whacking fiercely attacking weeds like a "rhizomemania" on a killing mission! Henry sprayed as she prayed gouging and digging with a razor edged spade. Thinking they had finally gotten rid of all of the weeds...Only to find out the next weekend all the weeds had come back! Harrietta had an attack of "rhizomemania" as she crawled in the grass jerking weeds from all over the yard! They had multiplied, Henry, she shouted! "stop what you are planting please and hurry real fast JUST LOOK the weeds are growing faster than we can pull them up they are taking over our yard!" So, Henry came running with the weed eater in tow, to appease poor ol' Harrietta. She was hysterical and just could not understand how these bothersome weeds grew so fast? Little did she know...Henry returned to his planting in the back yard planting variegated ivy,kudzu and bamboo which he thought was ideal for around the pool...

Etymology: Rhizome:A horizontal, usually underground stem that often sends out roots and shoots. Mania:An excessively intense enthusiasm, interest, or desire; a craze;madness

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COMMENTS:

metrohumanx I love the word "rhizome".Run with it, baby! - metrohumanx, 2009-04-20: 01:06:00

Unique etymology! - silveryaspen, 2009-04-20: 10:00:00

Thank you dears xoxo Deb :) - abrakadeborah, 2009-04-20: 18:03:00

I think you meant Wry-zomemania! I'm rooting for you! - Nosila, 2009-04-20: 22:10:00

Wry thank you Nosila! for rooting for my twisted rhizomemaniaical rhapsody :) - abrakadeborah, 2009-04-22: 05:34:00

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Unwhackable

Created by: mkaye

Pronunciation:

Sentence: After only a few months of neglect, my lawn is now filled with unwhackables.

Etymology: plant growth that is undeterred by a weed whacker

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Damndelion

libertybelle

Created by: libertybelle

Pronunciation: dam-de-lye-on

Sentence: Trevor spent the better part of the day treating the golf course for various weeks. All was going well until he reached the green at the 15th hole. He tried everything in his arsenal to kill the bright yellow flowers only to come back to find them standing as tall as ever. Finally, he decided to put on his gloves and yank the weed out by its roots. The joke was on him though - the next morning he found that the damndelion had fought back and brought an army of yellow crusaders to invade the green. Trevor looked upon the field of yellow and exclaimed "Damndelions!!".

Etymology: Damn + dandelion

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COMMENTS:

beauty! - galwaywegian, 2009-04-20: 11:26:00

Damn Excellent! - silveryaspen, 2009-04-20: 17:40:00

metrohumanx YELLOW CRUSADERS! Great imagery. - metrohumanx, 2009-04-20: 20:16:00

If I said I din't like it, I'd be delion! - Nosila, 2009-04-20: 22:12:00

artr Wish I'd thought of it! Great word! - artr, 2009-04-21: 05:06:00

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Permanettle

mrskellyscl

Created by: mrskellyscl

Pronunciation: per-ma-net-tle

Sentence: (no offense to Dr. Suess & Fox in Socks) This is the story of Annette L. Snettle who loved to garden, but hated nettle: Have you ever heard of a permanettle battle? Well, when Annette L. battles nettles where the nettles like to settle and they settle in a kettle where Annette L. planted petals; they call this Annette L. Snettle permanettle settle metal kettle petal battle.

Etymology: permanent: forever, eternal + nettle (n): a nasty weed with stinging hairs that cause a skin reation + nettle(v): to vex or irritate

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COMMENTS:

Love it! - readerwriter, 2009-04-20: 09:31:00

Exceptional! - silveryaspen, 2009-04-20: 10:01:00

We are nettle lone! - Nosila, 2009-04-20: 22:17:00

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Bilkweed

Created by: splendiction

Pronunciation: rhymes with milkweed

Sentence: Henry knew the weedwacker definitely wasn't the answer to their recurring weeds. He wondered which herbicide he would next try. Maybe he'd just dig out the whole garden and start again? Hmmm. Those bilkweeds!

Etymology: From BILK, to frustrate and MILKWEED. Bilkweeds cause constant frustration because they manage to resist removal.

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Greenback

fabdiva

Created by: fabdiva

Pronunciation: gr-een-back

Sentence: As he opened yet another 'final demand for payment' letter, Patrick thought it ironic that greenbacks were taking possession of his front yard.

Etymology: Green - the colour between blue and yellow. Back - in return. Wordplay - slang for 'money'

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Defolihaternal

metrohumanx

Created by: metrohumanx

Pronunciation: dee-fole-ee-HATE-err-null

Sentence: His lawn was a crop, so smooth and compliant- but marred by a dandelion so defiant! He doused it with poison and dug up the roots- tried stomping it out with his hobnail boots. His hatred it grew- and became quite diurnal- It doomed him to try to DEFOLIATERNAL. In dreams it would flourish, in truth it’s quite sad- That one odd little weed made a sane man go mad.

Etymology: DEFOLIate+HATe+etERNAL=DEFOLIHATERNAL.....DEFOLIATE:to deprive of leaves especially prematurely; Late Latin defoliatus, past participle of defoliare, from Latin de- + folium leaf[1791].....HATE: intense hostility and aversion usually deriving from fear, anger, or sense of injury, extreme dislike or antipathy; Middle English, from Old English hete; akin to Old High German haz hate, Greek kēdos care.....ETERNAL: perpetual, having infinite duration, everlasting; Middle English, from Middle French, from Late Latin aeternalis, from Latin aeternus eternal, from aevum age, eternity.

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metrohumanx DIURNAL: recurring every day; Middle English, from Latin diurnalis. - metrohumanx, 2009-04-20: 00:51:00

A fun rhyme with verbotomy whose ending might be said to be an earn-all! (ernal). - silveryaspen, 2009-04-20: 09:59:00

LOL! You crack me up Metro!!! Great one! - abrakadeborah, 2009-04-20: 18:10:00

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Vegemutation

Created by: mweinmann

Pronunciation: vej eh mew ta shun

Sentence: Oh no, Genevieve screamed!! She felt that the nightmare had continued as she looked out the window and saw the vegemutation that had spawned overnight. The weeds and vegetation she had sprayed, dug out, pulled or otherwise attempted to eradicate had seemingly turned into larger, denser and more omininous revisions of themselves....

Etymology: vegetation (all the plant life in a particular region or period,the process of growth in plants)+ mutation ((change to adadpt to new conditions;a sudden variation (the offspring differing from its parents in some well-marked character or characters) as distinguished from a gradual variation in which the new characters become fully developed only in the course of many generations))

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COMMENTS:

Terrorific! - silveryaspen, 2009-04-20: 10:02:00

It's like Revenge of the Trifids! - Nosila, 2009-04-20: 22:15:00

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Clovercome

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: klo ver kum

Sentence: Daisy's attempts to unsuccessfully remove the clover from her lawn made her realize that she was now clovercome.

Etymology: Clover (3 leaved plant that is hard to get rid of) & Overcome (rendered powerless especially by an excessive amount or profusion of something)

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Inweedstructable

Created by: remistram

Pronunciation: in-weed-struck-tab-ul

Sentence: She didn't care if she using the most toxic weed killer around and that it was polluting the water or potentially harming the neighbourhood cats or dogs, as long as all the inweedstructables in her garden were dead, she was happy.

Etymology: indestructable + weed

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Comments:

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2009-04-20: 00:01:01
Today's definition was suggested by silveryaspen. Thank you silveryaspen. ~ James

abrakadeborah - 2009-04-20: 00:24:00
Silvery is BRILLIANT :)~ Love the cartoon also :)

splendiction - 2009-04-20: 21:35:00
Yes I wish I had more than two votes to cast today!

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2009-04-20: 00:00:23
Thank you abrakadeborah and Silvery! ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2010-11-02: 00:06:00
Today's definition was suggested by silveryaspen. Thank you silveryaspen. ~ James