Verboticism: Clothesbasketcase

'I said to dress business casual!'

DEFINITION: n. The feeling of anxiety created by the realization that you've arrived at a social event "wearing the wrong thing". v. To arrive at a social function and suddenly realize that you are you are completely over-dressed or worse -- under-dressed!

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: angzī-itēʃərt

Sentence: Hal was very happy to hear that his new company followed the practice of **Casual Friday**. He was less than happy when he discovered that their definition of casual was allow employees to loosen their ties and maybe take off their suit jackets when not with a client. On his first Friday Hal needed to make a quick u-turn to change out of his jeans and anxietshirt. The raised eyebrows might have been because he was too casual, certainly not helped by his choice of a logo-emblazoned shirt from the fashion brand fcuk.

Etymology: anxiety (a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease) + t-shirt (a short-sleeved casual top, generally made of cotton, having the shape of a T when spread out flat)

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Created by: simoneshin

Pronunciation: stress code


Etymology: stress-dresscode-code

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Created by: Maxine

Pronunciation: dres stres

Sentence: Little Jeremy was deeply dresstressed when he realized that no one else at the sleepover had worn plaid thermal underwear.

Etymology: dress, stress, distress


triple ess special! - silveryaspen, 2008-02-25: 13:11:00


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Created by: swallowedbyafish

Pronunciation: un-der-der-ess

Sentence: The death stares of the audience made him feel like he was in the middle of being interrogated by Jack Bauer. He realized he had underduressed.

Etymology: underdress + under duress


This will stand up in any court of justice! Your sentence and word are lawesomely clever! - silveryaspen, 2008-02-25: 13:38:00

Your verboticism was one of the few that captures the 'feeling of anxiety' in the definition. I thought it excellent in every way! - silveryaspen, 2008-02-25: 21:25:00

I like it - bookowl, 2008-02-26: 13:30:00


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Created by: OZZIEBOB

Pronunciation: UGG-gwah-leer-ra.

Sentence: When Roxie arrived late to the funeral of Bob's managing director's parents, wearing a moth-riddled, mauve micro-mini, a long platinum blonde, nidamental wig, garish make-up and ugg boots, she immediately knew it was the beginning of a janetic dressaster. Not only were the uggs impossible to pull off, even a professional stylist wouldn't have been able to match them with her ugguilera outfit.

Etymology: Blend of Ugg boots or uggs, Australian designed item of "footwear" ;UGH: interjection of disgust; ugly. Aguilera: Spanish for eyrie or eagle nest. PS: Aguilera. The surname of Christina Aguilera, current pop superstar.


Great word to describe the clothes the famous often wear in public. - silveryaspen, 2008-12-08: 12:32:00

You also fooled me with the etymology. Ugly and Ugh! not uggs came to mind. Uggs was a totally new word for me. Thanks! - silveryaspen, 2008-12-08: 12:36:00

Thanks for the reminder: realized, only after I had logged out, that I had forgtten to include "UGH." From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Ugg boots are a style of sheepskin boot, with wool as the inner lining and a tanned outer surface worn by both men and women. Ugg boots often have a synthetic sole, although this is not universal. Uggs have been identified as a fashion trend for men and women since the early 2000s. In recent months, Ugg boots have grown again in popularity with men with the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio being spotted in them. They were originally designed to provide bare minimum footwear for under privileged children in southern Australia. They somehow managed, despite their appearance, to gain popularity among boys and girls in the United States and Europe. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-12-08: 16:24:00

Ugg has its own website, too! Looks like a good boot for the snow here, too! - silveryaspen, 2008-12-09: 00:14:00


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Created by: dochanne

Pronunciation: Blunder-wair

Sentence: Jamie was nervous about the party, having been unable to conduct any dresspionage, and opted for the cautious option of black. As she entered the room, she saw a sea of bright colours, frills and big hair. Bright sparkling sequins flashed as Brad approached, feathers in his hair. Oh, dear, she thought, having just now remembered what the party was for. Her hembarassment was not finished yet though, as the ankle-length number was downright prudish and her dear friend put his shining arm around her and announced to the room "And here's my darling Jamie - the queen of Blunderwear!". The room exploded with laughter and Jamie sank into an abyss of frockxiety and gloom.

Etymology: Blunder - to err or make an obvious mistake; Wear - what you are wearing when you blunder into undresspionaged situations.


Great create. So straight forward, you immediately know what it means. - silveryaspen, 2008-12-08: 12:47:00

Seams like a great word and threads its way through your yarn like a fancy notion ... that Brad is such a Baste-ard! - Nosila, 2008-12-08: 23:14:00

That Brad, what a fair feather friend he turned out to be....great word!! - mweinmann, 2008-12-09: 10:37:00

Terrific. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-12-13: 16:10:00


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Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: grow ss dreh sing

Sentence: His grossdressing is so bad he'd look out of place at an Abba concert

Etymology: gross dressing, crossdressing


Does his mother know that he's out? Great word! - Nosila, 2008-12-08: 23:22:00

I like it - OZZIEBOB, 2008-12-13: 16:09:00


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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: embərasmənt

Sentence: When Harry was in elementary school he used to have night terrors about arriving at class in his underwear. Now he is in college his dreams involve embareassment. Just last night he woke up in a cold sweat from a nightmare of getting up to present in his public speaking class only to realize he was naked. He woke up with a start when he saw the clear plastic podium.

Etymology: embarrassment (a feeling of self-consciousness, shame, or awkwardness) + bare-ass (naked)

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Created by: kimmarie

Pronunciation: miss-threh-did

Sentence: He could never seem to get it right. Either too much or too little - he constantly misthreaded when trying to hit the fashion mark.

Etymology: From miss and threaded as in threading a needle.

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Created by: bookowl

Pronunciation: garb/smaked

Sentence: The guests were absolutely garbsmacked when I arrived at the black tie event wearing only a black tie.

Etymology: garb + gobsmacked


Being garbsmacked could make him want to get smackered! Perhaps one of the ladies will give him three smackers! Smacks of greatness to me! - silveryaspen, 2008-02-25: 13:35:00

GOOD WORD! - OZZIEBOB, 2008-02-25: 19:15:00


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