Verboticism: Crativity

'The seat broke, so I made a new one...'

DEFINITION: n. The creative, yet blatantly illegal use of plastic milk crates, and the latent fear of prosecution associated with this alleged crime. v. To create and build home furnishings using stolen milk crates.

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Lactocartanoia

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: laktōkärtōnoiə

Sentence: Emily's boyfriend has a wonderful wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling bookcase made entirely of milk cartons. Emily had lactocartonoia. She is convinced that, at any moment, the dairy police are going to break down her door and drag her off to jail. She is also terrified that she might accidentally remove a tag from a pillow or mattress.

Etymology: lacto (of or relating to milk) + carton (a light box or container, typically one made of waxed cardboard or plastic ) + paranoia (a mental condition characterized by delusions of persecution)

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I think the pillow tags are the worse. I know they scare me. - wayoffcenter, 2009-04-03: 07:33:00

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Decorcrating

Created by: Nuwanda

Pronunciation: de-core-crate-ing

Sentence: Everyone who stopped by my studio apartment felt the need to comment on my decorcrating. And you could always tell the recent visitors by the telltale grid imprints on their behinds after spending some time on my milk crate bar stools. These beauties were milk crates turned upside down and mounted on heavy duty orange construction cones. Very classy.

Etymology: Decor and decorating modified to include crate.

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COMMENTS:

Good word and you should be on HGTV! - Nosila, 2009-04-03: 23:30:00

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Confiscreate

mrskellyscl

Created by: mrskellyscl

Pronunciation: con-fis-create

Sentence: Lorraine was aghast when she first saw her boyfriend's apartment and found that it was totally furnished with confiscreated milk crates. She wondered, "Should I be concerned that he's a klepto, or content that he's a creative cratecrafter?"

Etymology: Confiscate: steal;seize + create: build, compose

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COMMENTS:

terrific combo - Jabberwocky, 2009-04-03: 12:29:00

Great word, mrsk...he stole her heart, so why wouldn't he steal anything else??? - Nosila, 2009-04-03: 23:36:00

nice blending, too! - silveryaspen, 2009-04-04: 09:01:00

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Kleptocrappycratecreation

Created by: abrakadeborah

Pronunciation: klep-tow-crap-pee-crate-cree-ay-shun

Sentence: Leon was always going behind the local stores and sneaking away with anything he thought would be useful to help him craft into or repair broken household items. However, his wife Alison wasn't at all impressed with Leon's "Kleptocrappycratecreation" of the broken plastic crap-pee crate toilet seat Leon created, because it was not only tacky...it pinched her behind and her feet couldn't touch the floor!

Etymology: Klepto;(Slang) A person who has a compulsion to steal; a kleptomaniac. Crappy;Inferior; worthless. Also a play on the word crappy as "crap-pee"

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nice - Jabberwocky, 2009-04-03: 12:34:00

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Cratefuldread

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: krayt full dred

Sentence: They lived on the creative edge. Milkmen and Dairies feared them and none were safe from their criminal activities. Although we now call it recycling, in those days they lived in cratefuldread of prosecution. They were the Dread Heads...

Etymology: Crateful (the quantity contained in a crate) & Dread (fearful expectation or anticipation; be afraid or scared of; be frightened of) & WordPLay on Grateful Dead (American Rock band fronted by Jerry Garcia in the 60's & 70's)

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Archilactotect

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: ark-eh-LAC-to-tekt

Sentence: Bertrand was a first class archilactotect and having unlimited access to serviceable milk crates he kept himself busy designing and creating many useful if somewhat questionable devices and structures.

Etymology: Blend of 'architect' (the deviser, maker, or creator of anything) and the prefix 'lacto' (a combining form meaning “milk,” used in the formation of compound words)

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love it - Jabberwocky, 2009-04-03: 12:30:00

Super! - silveryaspen, 2009-04-04: 09:00:00

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Craterape

Created by: kateinkorea

Pronunciation: CRATE rape

Sentence: I felt tricked into being involved in something vile. John, my roommate, had suggested that I carry my groceries home in a milk crate. “People do it all the time,” he had said. And he promised he would bring it back for me. But once we got home he got lazy about taking it back and instead decided to recreate the milk crate into a part of his new bookshelf. Feeling quite clever, he morphed it into something unrecognizable. His craterape was the last straw in our ongoing stressful existence under the same roof.

Etymology: CRATE + RAPE+ DATERAPE RAPE: to plunder (a place); despoil; to seize, take, or carry off by force

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terrific story - Jabberwocky, 2009-04-03: 12:30:00

crate ending, too! - silveryaspen, 2009-04-04: 09:03:00

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Lactoshui

Created by: toy4769

Pronunciation: Lack-toe-schway

Sentence: I really like what you've done with the place Margaret as the room has a real lactoshui feel to it that balances everything out.

Etymology: From Latin lac = milk and from Chinese for 'wind water' and popular design techniques = Feng Shui

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Lactoseintollerance

Created by: Biscotti

Pronunciation: lack-tos-in-tol-er-anse

Sentence: Vicky was apalled at Jims lactoseintollerance, when he used a milk crate as a substitute for a port-o-potty.

Etymology: Lactose (like milk) + intollerance (to not put up with)

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Pilforudderapplicrapt

metrohumanx

Created by: metrohumanx

Pronunciation: PILL-fer-UDDer-APP-lick-RAPT

Sentence: He scoffed at warnings on the side… And built his carport ten CRATES wide. Dairy agents came one day- The lacto-squad took him away… A prairie compound ring’d with wire- Would be his home till he’d expire! To inmates now he must adapt… He’s PILFORUDDERAPPLICRAPT. Despondent now he seeks a noose- Life is not life without moo juice.

Etymology: PILfer+FOR+UDDER(other)+APPLIcation+CRap+APT= PILFORUDDERAPPLICRAPT..... PILFER: steal ; especially : to steal stealthily in small amounts and often again and again;Middle French pelfrer, from pelfre booty [1548].....FOR: preposition-used as a function word to indicate purpose; Middle English, from Old English; akin to Latin per through, prae before, pro before, for, ahead, Greek pro, Old English faran to go.....UDDER(other):a large pendulous organ consisting of two or more mammary glands enclosed in a common envelope and each provided with a single nipple;Middle English, from Old English ūder; akin to Old High German ūtar udder, Latin uber, Greek outhar, Sanskrit ūdhar.....OTHER(udder): disturbingly or threateningly different ;Middle English, from Old English ōther; akin to Old High German andar other, Sanskrit antara.....APPLICATION:a use to which something is put; Middle English applicacioun, from Latin application-, applicatio inclination, from applicare .....CRAP: Something clearly inferior; British dialect crap, craps residue from rendered fat, from Middle English crappe, perhaps from Old French crappe chaff, residue, from Medieval Latin crappa.....APT: unusually fitted or qualified; Middle English, from Latin aptus, literally, fastened, from past participle of apere to fasten; akin to Latin apisci to grasp, obtain, apud near, Hittite ḫap- to attach.

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Metro, my dear...Have you Welsh blood in you...at 20 letters long, your words oft times remind me the Welsh names like Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyll-llantysiliogogogoch This is the name of a town in North Wales. The name translates as "The church of St. Mary in the hollow of white hazel trees near the rapid whirlpool by St. Tysilio's of the red cave" in Welsh, has long claimed the fame of having the longest name in the world. - Nosila, 2009-04-03: 23:45:00

metrohumanx Actually, i DO have a Welsh cousin...d'ya think that's a possibile metrolink? - metrohumanx, 2009-04-04: 00:27:00

metrohumanx First time i've seen a Hittite etymology. - metrohumanx, 2009-04-04: 00:29:00

LOL I'm French,Welsh,German,Irish :) We must be long cyllabalistic people Metro! LOL :) - abrakadeborah, 2009-04-04: 02:12:00

Breathing exercises are needed when you go for the long-'win'ded words! - silveryaspen, 2009-04-04: 09:17:00

Yep that's for sure and often misunderstood :) You're Grrrrrrrrreat! - abrakadeborah, 2009-04-17: 03:53:00

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