Verboticism: Paradoxsol

'I can't breathe with this tie on!'

DEFINITION: n. A fashion accessory or style of dress which purports to improve one's appearance and attitude, but actually does the opposite. v. To follow a fashion dictum in an effort to improve your social standing even when it causes physical discomfort.

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Plaidfad

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: plad fad

Sentence: After the moviE, "Braveheart" came out, Mary's Scottish boss wore only kilts and tartans and encouraged those who wished to seek his favour to do the same. This plaidfad was a problem to Mary and others, who found it hard to find enough plaid gear to wear to work. One poor soul finally flipped out and was fired for refusing to dress the part. He returned the next day in tartans, wild hair and blue paint on his face yelling "Frrrreedom!" In one of life's ironies, Mr. Burns, the manager was let go himself the next week, when one of his female staffers complained to head office that she did not like the tilt of his kilt when he came near her!

Etymology: Plaid (Tartan;crisscross design on a fabric) & Fad (craze, trend;current interest followed with exaggerated zeal)

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Fashism

Created by: milorush

Pronunciation: (n.) fāsh'ĭz'əm, (adj.) fāsh'ĭst

Sentence: Rudolf walked away from a lucrative career in public relations because of his aversion to the dress code fashism of suit-and-tie thuggery.

Etymology: fash[ion] + [fasc]ism

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Crosstumed

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: kross toomd

Sentence: Ned & Nancy lived together and worked in the same office. Ned worked for Ida and Nancy worked for Bruce. Every month there were new contests and events designed to increase employee morale and engage the workers. Today was "Dress Like The Boss" Day, so Nancy had crosstumed herself in a suit and tie and Ned had gotten himself crosstumed in a diaphanous bridesmaid dress, the colour of bubblegum, complete with accessories. Off they went to work, only to be greeted by their snickering, jeering co-workers wearing bandannas, torn jeans, sleeveless shirts, carrying guitars and microphones. Yes, it was actually "Dress like The Boss Day" alright...Bruce Springstein, that is!

Etymology: Cross (as in cross-dressing, where someone of one gender wears the clothing typically associated with the other gender) & Costumed (dressed in clothing characteristic of a period, country, or class)

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COMMENTS:

Do you suppose someone was being a little costumacious? - Mustang, 2009-05-27: 07:48:00

hyperborean I really enjoyed your story! Perfect for the cartoon! - hyperborean, 2009-05-28: 21:06:00

EXCELLENT WORD, but it didn't need the book, it's called a "sentence" - DrWebster111, 2009-05-31: 12:12:00

Ah, DrW...sentences really only matter in prison!!! - Nosila, 2009-06-01: 00:41:00

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Garmentiroso

Created by: shoeshineboy

Pronunciation: gar-MENT-i-ROH-soh

Sentence: The high-waisted capri pant is a pure garmentiroso; it purports to make you look young, but instead it makes you look like you outgrew your Mom jeans.

Etymology: garment + mentiroso (liar)

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Hurtcouture

Created by: OZZIEBOB

Pronunciation: hurt-koo-TOOr

Sentence: Chicophant and hurtcouture, were but two words to describe Bob and Roxie's strange and often grotesque grooming.

Etymology: Blend of HURT: to feel or suffer bodily or mental pain or distress & COUTURE: very fashionable, having the style, quality of fashion. CHICOPHANT:(SHEEK-uh-fuh-nt) from (chic & cophant of sycophant): fashionable, self-seeking, servile flatterer.

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Love it Oz! - purpleartichokes, 2008-04-08: 19:04:00

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Apperil

Created by: Jamagra

Pronunciation: a/par'/el

Sentence: On a beautiful spring morning Jamagra could not decide what to wear to work. She always found this standing-in- front-of-the-closet part of the day disdressing and attiresome. After going through all of her apperil once again, Jamagra decided to skip the chafing and agcessorizing for one day. She phoned her excuses to the office ("illness and fatigue" because she was sick and tired of working) then went out to the garden. After donning her (non)tortureshell sunglasses, Jamagra pinched back some blooms and bound the peas to their trellis. "Much better than pinchy shoes and binding skirts," thought Jamagra.

Etymology: apparel (clothing) + peril (something that may cause injury; grave risk) "agcessorizing" - agonizing + accessorizing

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COMMENTS:

Great word! Even lovlier sentence. Think I'll call in sick tomorrow and get the peas planted! - purpleartichokes, 2008-04-08: 10:42:00

I agree with purple - can't wait to get into the garden - wonderful sentence - Jabberwocky, 2008-04-08: 12:30:00

Rudolph the Red-Toes Pain-Fear! (uh, that was bad, sorry.) - purpleartichokes, 2008-04-08: 19:34:00

Peas on Earth, Jamagra! - Nosila, 2008-04-08: 20:38:00

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Hautecoutorture

Created by: Tigger

Pronunciation: /oht-koo-tor-cher/

Sentence: Irene had spent half of her last paycheck on a pair of Manolo slingbacks, and she took satisfaction in knowing that she was wearing the most fashionable shoes of anyone at the party. Unfortunately, the new, stiff leather had raised and torn open blisters on her ankles and squished her toes, so that now she was barely able to walk. This miserable hautecoutorture she was experiencing must just be part of the price of high-fashion. On top of that, her dress pinched under her arms and dug painfully into her bladder whenever she sat down. Her dress was a Versouchie.

Etymology: Haute-couture - high fashion (French, haute "high" & couture "sewing") Torture - to afflict with severe pain (from Latin, torquere "to twist, turn, or wring")

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COMMENTS:

Love it! - purpleartichokes, 2008-04-08: 09:25:00

Great word. - Mustang, 2008-04-08: 16:57:00

She probably also wear Prodda and Calvin DeKlein! Good word, Tigger! - Nosila, 2008-04-08: 20:35:00

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Mumubooboo

Created by: stache

Pronunciation: moo moo boo boo

Sentence: The striped overalls, red socks, v-neck sweater and clogs seemed like a cool choice for the power lunch, but as he entered the restaurant Bill realized it had been a big mumubooboo.

Etymology: mumu-hawaiian smock; boo-boo-error

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Fashum

Created by: Softbagel14

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Etymology: fash- as in fashion -um as in 'um, why on earth are they wearing that?'

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Versouchie

Created by: rikboyee

Pronunciation: ver-sow-chee

Sentence: she decided to go through her wardrobe and throw away anything remotely Versouchie

Etymology: versace, ouchie

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COMMENTS:

very funny - Jabberwocky, 2008-04-08: 11:58:00

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