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'Omigod! What happened to your nose?'

DEFINITION: v. To make something worse while attempting to make it better. n. A bad improvement.

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Top verboticism of the day created by stache

Pronunciation: ĭn'kə-rěk'tə-fī'

Sentence: "You can't polish a turd," Garvin said when David showed him how he had used accessories to incorrectify his '79 Ford Pinto.

Etymology: incur, to bring upon oneself, as in, to incur the ridicule of the public; rectify, verb form of rectum, part of the human anatomy often euphemized as a term of disparagement.

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nice - Jabberwocky, 2008-05-15: 11:45:00

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Badvancement: /-bad-VANS-mehnt-/ It seems that each new elected politician is a badvancement on the last one. Although they promise improvement after improvement, and all sorts of advancements, things keep going from bad to worse. Etymology: Bad - of poor or inferior quality; defective (of uncertain origin; meaning of "defective or inferior" first recorded around 1300 AD) + Advancement - a forward step; an improvement (from Old French, avancer "move forward") Created by: Tigger.

Fortifry: /for-ti-fry/ Dave thought that adding wires to his breaker panel would fortify his electricity. Little did he know he would fortifry it. Etymology: fortify + fry Created by: Stevenson0.


"smokin" - Jabberwocky, 2008-05-15: 11:41:00

Unintendment: /un-intend-ment/ Horace had horrible headaches. He was getting rather desperate. He thought by cutting his head off, he would alleviate the problem. The one unintendment he didn't count on was death. Etymology: un, not + intend, to direct one's attention towards Created by: pieceof314.


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Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2008-05-15: 00:01:00
Today's definition is inspired by author and philosopher, Mark Kingwell who I saw last night speaking about "Social Change". He reminded us that not all change is good change. And noted that in German they have word to describe such bad improvements -- Schlimmbesserung -- which we don't have in English. And so it's today's challenge. Thanks Mark! ~ James

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