Verboticism: Serendumpity

'Look I found a pretty flower.'

DEFINITION: v. To see joy and beauty where others only see complications, trouble and weeds. n. A moment of delight which dissipates as soon as it is shared.

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Positude

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Created by: youmustvotenato

Pronunciation: Positive and attitude

Sentence: Dude, cut the positude.

Etymology: Positive + attitude

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Pollyanntidote

Created by: Tigger

Pronunciation: /pol-ee-ANN-ti-doht/

Sentence: Although little Valerie exhibited a constant love of life, and an exuberance for discovering beauty in even the most mundane things which was almost infectious, her older sister, Sharon, was immune to such charming behavior, and she would almost always attempt to deter Valerie's optimism with her version of a Pollyanntidote. So when Valerie tried to show Sharon how the broken bottle she'd found made the prettiest little rainbows on the sidewalk, Sharon said, "Does it still do that when it's all covered with blood?" Valerie put the bottle down but, undeterred, she looked around, spotted a butterfly, and promptly went running off after it. Sharon thought she spotted a patch of poison ivy in the direction that Valerie was heading, and she idly wondered if a big, itchy rash might curb some of her sister's enthusiasm.

Etymology: Pollyanna - an excessively or blindly optimistic person (in allusion to the influential novel "Pollyanna" about an inspiringly cheerful little girl) + Antidote - a remedy or counteragent (from Greek, antidoton "given as a remedy")

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COMMENTS:

great word tigger - Jabberwocky, 2008-03-31: 12:50:00

Excellent verboticism. Very descriptive and fun to say. - Mustang, 2008-03-31: 23:12:00

Great bit of thinking. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-04-01: 00:15:00

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Glassmostasy

Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: glass/most/a/see

Sentence: Sunny was full of glassmostacy and offered uplifting advice to one and all.

Etymology: glasnost (time of freedom of information in Russia) + glass half full or in this case glass most full + ecstasy

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Floptimism

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: flop tim izm

Sentence: Her excitement soon turned to floptimism when Ashley gave her sister Erika a dandelion from the yard, which she had inadvertantly killed.

Etymology: Flop (disappointment;failure) & Optimisim (a general disposition to expect the best in all things;the optimistic feeling that all is going to turn out well)

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Hopetimism

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: hope tim izm

Sentence: Jill's hopetimism that the pretty yellow flower she picked for her babysitter was soon squashed when she was told it was really a pesky dandelion.

Etymology: Hope (be optimistic) & Optimisim (a general disposition to expect the best in all things; the optimistic feeling that all is going to turn out well)

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Unjoyment

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: əndʒɔɪmənt

Sentence: The bad news is that a child’s life can be filled with moments of unjoyment. Some of the biggest are when they try to share great discoveries with adults. The white cardboard telescopes you found in your mom’s bathroom trashcan... how excited the dog gets when you rub certain parts of his tummy... Others moments need no adult intervention at all to quash the fun. Discovering that semi-sweet chocolate is a lie... that amusement park really means scare the bejesus out of you... that you are NOT the next Tony Hawk... The good news is that eventually get to become an adult and can start helping your kids unjoy their lives.

Etymology: un (denoting the absence of a quality or state; not) + enjoyment (take delight or pleasure in an activity or occasion)

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COMMENTS:

karenanne "White cardboard telescopes" - good one - I laughed out loud! - karenanne, 2010-06-07: 22:10:00

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Naiviewte

Created by: arrrteest

Pronunciation: nah-eevyoo-tey

Sentence: Marissa was a typically cruel sister. Whenever Jennie stopped by to show her something that fascinated her, Marissa was quick to throw the kabosh on her enthusiasm. Yet, Jennie's naiviewte was unstoppable. She never ceased to find the world around her amazing.

Etymology: naïveté, from French(of being simple) + view (looking at)

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COMMENTS:

way to go Jennie - Jabberwocky, 2008-03-31: 12:51:00

Sounds good to me! - OZZIEBOB, 2008-04-01: 00:16:00

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Serendumpity

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: Ser - un - DUMP - it -ee

Sentence: Thinking she was spreading great joy only to receive criticism for her choices, little Helga experienced a sudden sadness and severe pangs of serendumpity.

Etymology: Blend of serendipity and 'dumps' or state of sadness.

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COMMENTS:

great blend - Jabberwocky, 2008-03-31: 12:53:00

Excellent. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-04-01: 00:14:00

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Craptimistic

Created by: purpleartichokes

Pronunciation: krap-tih-miss-tik

Sentence: Each spring, I get all craptimistic and weedgleed waiting for lamb's quarters and purslane to make their annual garden invasion. My motto - if ya can't beat 'em, eat 'em! (BTW, purslane contains more Omega 3 fatty acids than any other edible plant).

Etymology: crap, optimistic

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COMMENTS:

you really believe this winter will ever end - Jabberwocky, 2008-03-31: 12:49:00

Yep! My daffodils are up about 4 inches - garlic about 6. However, I am so NOT ready for the 50 strawberry plants being delivered today... what the hell was I thinking? - purpleartichokes, 2008-03-31: 14:05:00

I too live in a Garden of Weedin'...Cheers, purple! - Nosila, 2008-03-31: 20:48:00

The payoff for craptimism usually comes on large denominations of crapola. I hope I'm not being overly craptimistic about my herb and veggie gardens. - Mustang, 2008-03-31: 23:10:00

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Robtomist

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: rob tom ist

Sentence: Rosemary had started out optimistic, but marriage to Rob had taken its' toll on her good nature and she felt like she had married a robtomist. She decided to create a lovely garden after mulch thought. Her garden was her therapy, because he was a creeper who had tended to lilac a sidewalk and perennially wore his bachelor buttons while out with some hoe. Sod him, the rake...he thought he was so poplar! She turfed aside her negative feelings when out in her garden and with thyme, grew more sage. Her efforts in the garden helped rid her Hostality and control her impatiens. Her favourite fantasy while working the earth was to plan ways she could root out her rotten husband, the son of a birch: hit him in the gourd; beet him; artichoke him and let the life leek from him. But instead of pining fir him, she decided that sooner or later he'd begonia and she could prune him out of her life forever. Dill death do us part, indeed! She rose from her planting as all was well with the Cosmos, spruced herself up and went into the house to catch another episode of her favourite show, Lawn Order.

Etymology: rob (to steal) & optimist (someone who finds the good in everything and everyone)

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COMMENTS:

Well thought out. - eap6217, 2008-03-31: 13:53:00

HA! Love the sentence (and the word)! Lawn Order, son-of-a-birch, artichoke him... too funny! - purpleartichokes, 2008-03-31: 18:20:00

Great word;love the story! - OZZIEBOB, 2008-03-31: 23:55:00

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