Verboticism: Technocomoron

'Just a second, I have call waiting...'

DEFINITION: n. A person who engages themselves in several different communication channels at the same time, without paying attention to any of them v. To constantly switch your focus between cellphone calls, text messages, emails, and anything else that beeps.

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Created by: stache

Pronunciation: POL e com OT ic

Sentence: Twenty minutes into their ride to the airport, when Loudon had not been able to complete a sentence in his conversation with Blanche due to her efforts to juggle two phone conversations and an IM session, while also listening to her Garman voice nav system, he realized she was a polycommotic.

Etymology: greek, "polys," many, + communicate +otic, as in hypnotic, neurotic and psycotic


I hope they didn't make her shut off her phone on the plane. Going cold turkey like that could be hazardous for everyone. Good word! - yellowbird, 2008-02-28: 12:07:00

Poly sure needs a lot more than a cracker to talk now! Unique and clever blending of some very choice words! Exceptional! - silveryaspen, 2008-02-28: 12:43:00


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Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: mul - tee - task - kuh - boom

Sentence: Harriet was talking on her cell phone and applying her makeup using the rear view mirror and only realized she had tried to back out of the garage without opening the door when she heard the horrendous crash of the door spintering.

Etymology: multi task + kaboom


Packs a lot of oomph! - silveryaspen, 2008-02-28: 10:07:00


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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: ēdēət

Sentence: Rudy is addicted to his electronic toys. If he wasn't texting someone, he was checking his e-mail, browsing the internet or blogging. He might even be found creating a nonsense word for some silly online game. Despite all these connections Rudy is an ediot. He has no idea what is going on in the real world. Obama elected? He didn't even know there was an election until several days after the fact.

Etymology: e (electronic) + idiot (a stupid person)


Perfect word, artr! - Nosila, 2008-12-12: 16:15:00


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Created by: Banky

Pronunciation: twickst-mess-age

Sentence: The full scope of Darlene's twixtmessaging problems was revealed when she arrived home to find her husband had taken their son to the vet to get neutered, but thankfully their new Dachshund was on time for soccer practice.

Etymology: twixt - Middle English word meaning "between", message - communicated information


very funny - Jabberwocky, 2008-02-28: 12:40:00

Dog gone funny! - silveryaspen, 2008-02-28: 13:03:00

Your sentences always make me laugh out loud. Great submission! - Tigger, 2008-02-28: 23:18:00


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Created by: hyperborean

Pronunciation: com pugg ler

Sentence: It was an overwhelming day when Silvia sat down on the subway platform floor to catch up on her work. Passerbys were so impressed watching her type on her computer, text, and talk on the phone all at the same time that they began tossing money into her computer case. She quit her day job when she realized she could make more money as a subway compuggler. She certainly made more than the mime and the juggler at the other end of the platform.

Etymology: comp from computer+ uggler from juggler

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Created by: CanadianAndyCapp

Pronunciation: Tek-no-com-or-on

Sentence: With the increased use of texting and short-form message systems, the proper forms of writing and spelling are becoming extinct and creating a generation of technocomorons

Etymology: Techno- Derived from technological developments. / Com- Short form of communications / Moron - the younger generation


You are quite write! (Yet, I can't help wondering if some good might come of it ... perhaps it will be an evolution that will unite the many-tongued people of this planet with more and more communication ... leading to less revolution ... and more peace. It certainly has opened windows and doors to a lot of people and places in this world. I'm amazed how prevalent English is as a second language ... and texting the preferred choice as it spreads world-wide. But like you, I'm saddened by the great demise of our proper forms. But if it opens doors and windows all over the world that help lead to better understanding and peace, it will be easier to adjust, in more ways than one. Again, very astute observation ... quite write! - silveryaspen, 2008-02-28: 12:33:00


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Created by: petaj

Pronunciation: Like the dance - cha cha cha

Sentence: Loquacia's stint on "Dancing with the Stars" was shortlived. She was fully kitted up with Blackberry, iPhone, walkie talkie, and netbook for every rehearsal. Instead of practising the paso doble and the foxtrot, she kept doing the chatchatchat.

Etymology: cha cha cha - an up tempo dance step + chat (communicate)

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Created by: alybliss




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Created by: libertybelle

Pronunciation: in-comm-you-nih-ko-man-doh

Sentence: I realized after several minutes of Jack's silence on the telephone that he was being quite the incommunicommando by sending a text message while he was trying to talk to me. The quiet beeping noise followed by the text tone in his phone as well as the notion that he had no idea what we had been talking about gave him away.

Etymology: incommunicado: no communication + commando


Reflects the "without paying attention to any of them" part of the definition so very strongly! - silveryaspen, 2008-02-28: 09:54:00


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Created by: ddove60

Pronunciation: dij-i-ak

Sentence: "Did you see that digiac?" my wife exclaimed as I dodged the car that abruptly switched into my lane, "Trying to drive with two cell phones, and wearing an iPod?"

Etymology: digital + maniac


Dig-it-all! - silveryaspen, 2008-02-28: 09:21:00

Elegant in its compactness. Nice job. - stache, 2008-02-28: 10:39:00


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