Verboticism: Dressaster

'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: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: ill/burthday/sooted

Sentence: Owing to an inner ear infection, he thought his girlfriend told him that her parents were nudists when she really said they were prudish - hence the illbirthdaysuited entrance.

Etymology: ill suited + birthday suit


Bare-el of Fun! - silveryaspen, 2008-02-25: 13:02:00

At least, they got the bare facts. Another clever creation! - OZZIEBOB, 2008-02-25: 19:11:00


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Created by: nickmarziani

Pronunciation: Dis-ap-too-zhah

Sentence: a powerful wave of disaptusia came over over Niles as he arrived at the party and realized he was offensively under-dressed.

Etymology: from the latin aptus meaning fitting or appropriate

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Created by: jajsr

Pronunciation: eh-cess-ear-ray-mint

Sentence: When Bob showed up at the office party, he realized his excessiraiment.

Etymology: Combination of "Excessive": exceeding what is usual, proper, necessary or normal; and "Raiment": Clothing, garments.

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Created by: silveryaspen

Pronunciation: close - bas - ket - case

Sentence: Tom, master in dressing, wore a feather in his cap. Tom went skinny dipping. Undressed down to his bare bones, he felt a bit disarmed. Tom wanted to spice things up with his finely-feathered girlfrhend, so he tried dressing sagely. Alas! Tom was not sage enough, to avoid a turkey trot down the aisle. In tux and tails, he felt a bit awfowl. He was a tad wedding disdressed. No matter! Whatever he wore, he'd feel like a clothes basket case.

Etymology: Clothes - dress/attire. Basket Case: anyone suffering severe nervous strain


Fowl play indeed, silveryaspen! He'll be hen-pecked for sure for plucking this girl...with a drumstick. Poultry in motion. - Nosila, 2008-02-25: 00:57:00

Wow, with that feather in his cap - makes me think of Yankee Doodle! - OZZIEBOB, 2008-02-25: 19:19:00


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Created by: XMbIPb

Pronunciation: /kre-tin-cu-tur/ alt. /kre-tin-cu-chur/

Sentence: “Not realizing that a clown outfit does not qualify for ‘casual Fridays’ at his new banking job, Kim abstained from any other forms of cretincouture like Hawaiian shirts, parrot-head hats, and bow-ties that squirt water.”

Etymology: -cretin – a medical condition formerly know as “dwarfed and deformed idiot” used to be common in Alpine communities due to lack of iodine, causing hypothyroid state (disease of the thyroid gland; goiter); modern meaning: just an average idiot without an underlying medical condition . -couture (Fr.,) n. – dressmaking, fashion design

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Created by: TheStorialist


Sentence: After seeing her son's teacher's eyes perusing her cleavage during the conference, Jane realized she'd pulled a tangsttop by wearing such a revealing camisole.

Etymology: Tank top + angst

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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: Stevenson0

Pronunciation: fee/as/klohz

Sentence: It was embarrassing and a total fiasclothes when I showed up to my boss' daughter's Baptism in shorts, T-shirt, bathing suit, towel and a case of beer. I didn't quite read the invitation past the address 2206 Sunnyside Beach. Unfortunately, it was Sunnyside Beach United Church.

Etymology: fiasco + clothes


perfect fit! - galwaywegian, 2008-02-25: 07:35:00

excellent! - ErWenn, 2008-02-25: 10:11:00

libertybelle I love it! - libertybelle, 2008-02-25: 10:58:00

Pairfection! - silveryaspen, 2008-02-25: 13:21:00

Nice word! - OZZIEBOB, 2008-02-25: 19:12:00


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Created by: Tigger

Pronunciation: /klad-uh-kliz-um/

Sentence: Jason figured that the 'Save the Rainforest' fundraiser that Debbie had invited him to would be attended by a bunch of hippies and tree-huggers. When he showed up in a tie-dye tee shirt and Birkenstock sandals at the 'black tie' event, it was a total cladaclysm — Jason was terribly embarrassed, and Debbie was simply mortified.

Etymology: Clad - clothed or dressed; covered in material (Old English, clāthod "clothed") + Cataclysm - a disaster [natural or social] (from Greek, kataklysmós "flood")


Oh, Father, pray for our clothes now and at the time of our disdress! Leaving religion out of it, it's a spectacular creation! - silveryaspen, 2008-02-25: 12:54:00

Good word! - OZZIEBOB, 2008-02-25: 19:20:00

Man, I woulda done the same thing as Jason. Only I'd have worn a black tie to go with my tye dye shirt. - ErWenn, 2008-02-25: 19:59:00


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