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DEFINITION: n. A person who, using an example from their own life, steers people away from a line of speculation by reducing it to an absurdity. v. To dismantle a logical argument with piles of passionate incoherence.

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Reproofool

Created by: Alchemist

Pronunciation: re-PRUFE-fool

Sentence: Gran is a veteran reproofool. Every time my cell phone rings, he starts in about "Walking 20 miles to school, uphill both ways..."

Etymology: reproof, fool

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Manicdotal

Created by: rikboyee

Pronunciation: man-ik-doe-tul

Sentence: In order to get the upperhand in this argument he was going to need to provide some pretty persuasive manicdotal evidence

Etymology: manic, anecdote

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Lamentor

Created by: purpleartichokes

Pronunciation: lah-men-tor

Sentence: My lamentor warned me that if I didn't stop indulging my dark chocolate passion, I would end up as he used to be - a depraved chocoholic, selling my plasma and collecting discarded aluminum cans in order to get my next "fix".

Etymology: lament, mentor

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COMMENTS:

you lead a very colourful life purple - I always get a chuckle out of your sentences - Jabberwocky, 2007-04-18: 13:33:00

Oh dear. There goes the last vestige of normalcy I was clinging on to. By the way, don't bother searching Ebay for cow manure to feed your purple artichokes - apparently, cows don't poop anymore because there are no listings. - purpleartichokes, 2007-04-18: 15:10:00

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Stiflemeister

Created by: thinkbolt

Pronunciation: sty-ful-my-ster

Sentence:

Etymology:

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Negatiate

Created by: suzanne

Pronunciation: negg-ate-ee-ate

Sentence: Mary wanted to study German but her father negatieted by saying how he had lived his whole life speaking only English and he had never been arrested.

Etymology: neg- from nagative atiate - derivative from negotiate.

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COMMENTS:

probably should be negatiator, but the sentence alone is worth a vote - galwaywegian, 2007-04-18: 05:22:00

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Nonfollyer

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: non fol lee yer

Sentence: Colin was a nonfollyer and he wanted to ensure than his daughter, Colina, became a nonfollyer,too. Although he encouraged independence in her, the truth was they were so much alike, it was scary. She had his hair, skin and eye colours;matching outfits; liked the same foods and tv shows and of course the name thingy. If Norman Bates were a girl and Mrs., Bates was her Dad, that would describe Colin & Colina. He tried his best to teach her his values and for her to learn from his own poor examples, but Colina was going to be her own woman, no matter how much influence he thought he had over her. She decided long ago that her first order of business would be to move away from her Dad and leave their home, the Bates Motel...just in case a male Janet Lee ever came to stay with them...that would require Psycho-analysis for sure!

Etymology: non (not,not at all or in no way) & folly (foolish or senseless behavior;the trait of acting stupidly or rashly the quality of being rash and foolish;a stupid mistake) & follower (someone who travels behind or pursues another; one who imitates others)

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COMMENTS:

Deck the halls with vows of folly? Good word! - Mustang, 2008-06-25: 02:32:00

funny - Jabberwocky, 2008-06-25: 12:25:00

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Pisstorian

Created by: pinwheel

Pronunciation: piss/tor/ee/an

Sentence: I don't believe grandpa really lived in a cardboard box and only had stale bread and water when he was a child. He must be a pisstorian!

Etymology: Piss (as in taking the piss) + historian

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Focalrecoiliot

Created by: Bulletchewer

Pronunciation: fo-cull-re-coyl-ee-utt

Sentence: Tony was a focalrecoiliot, citing his days in "Ugly Rumours" as the definitive evidence that we ought to go to war with Iraq (I mean, with America, against Iraq)instead of investing in our hospitals and schools.

Etymology: From that film (sorry, movie) Total Recall, "focal" meaning "nothing", "recoil" meaning "backward jerk of a gun" and "idiot" meaning "Governator". Who else wants some acid?

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COMMENTS:

don't atke this the wrong way Bulletchewer but I think focalrecoil might have worked better because it's the same number of syllables as total recall - Jabberwocky, 2007-04-18: 13:28:00

I meant don't take but you probably figured that out - Jabberwocky, 2007-04-18: 13:30:00

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Ergocentrist

karenanne

Created by: karenanne

Pronunciation: er go SEN trist

Sentence: He is such an ergocentrist. Basically, his attitude is, "This is how I did it thirty years ago and it worked for me; therefore, this is how it should continue to work." He says he never gets vaccinations because when he was 17, he got one, and the next day, he broke his ankle. Therefore, he would never get a vaccination again because he is sure it makes people's bones turn brittle. Since then, he has never broken a bone, which just "proves" his theory. But he does get the flu almost every year. (Which he blames on computer viruses, because he never got the flu until he was 18, and hey, that was RIGHT AROUND the time that computers really hit the popular market, so therefore,....)

Etymology: ergo (therefore) + egocentric

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COMMENTS:

ergological word - Nosila, 2009-11-05: 00:24:00

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Nostalgit

Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation:

Sentence: dad was such a nostalgit it was difficult to believe he'd ever had lead in his pencil

Etymology: nostalgic cit

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Comments:

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-04-18: 02:13:00
Today's definition was suggested by Kurt Vonnegut and first appeared in his novel Cat's Cradle.
Thank you Mr. Vonnegut! ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2008-06-25: 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

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2009-11-04: 00:33:00
Today's definition was suggested by vonnegut. Thank you vonnegut. ~ James