Verboticism: Fashism

'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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Fauxchic

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: fo-SHEEK

Sentence: While Miriam believed she was very stylish and stunning, the styles she chose were invariably fauxchic, either outdated, recommended by people with trashy fashion sense, or just chosen because of her utterly poor taste.

Etymology: Blend of 'faux' (false) and 'chic' (stylish)

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COMMENTS:

Fee Fye Faux Fum! - Nosila, 2009-05-27: 09:22:00

Fuax No Miriam!!! Fun word. - mweinmann, 2009-05-27: 09:53:00

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Gagrag

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: gagrag

Sentence: Though he hated the choking feeling they induced and the ridiculous expense Tom knew that to get ahead as a manager he had to conform and wear a gagrag. His only solace is that someday when he owned his own company he would outlaw the stranglestrap.

Etymology: gag (choke or retch) + rag (a piece of old cloth)

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Paradoxsol

petaj

Created by: petaj

Pronunciation: parra-dox-sol

Sentence: Pamela swished her skirt around pouting prettily at the passing officers while she twirled her paradoxsol overhead. Designed to make her look like a sophisticated young lady, it was made of a beautiful imported lace. Unfortunately, the lace afforded little protection to her fair face and within 10 minutes of the midday sun her cheeks were red and the skin had started peeling off her nose.

Etymology: parasol (fashion accessory which protects against the sun) + paradox (contradiction) + radox (commercial mineral salt preparation added to a bath for easing muscle pain)

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COMMENTS:

great word - bookowl, 2008-04-09: 16:08:00

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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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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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Abcessory

moonquakes

Created by: moonquakes

Pronunciation: ab-sess-o-ree

Sentence: As Joel saw it, Karen's tie was no less offensive to his senses than the bloody pustule he once bravely bore on his 11 year-old wrist for a whole month after his 5th grade 'girlfriend' broke up with him by stabbing him with a pencil -- it was, in other words, an abscessory.

Etymology: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abscess

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COMMENTS:

moonquakes damn, I spelled it wrong. I meant 'abscessory.' - moonquakes, 2010-06-14: 23:18:00

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Bolaconstrictor

Created by: Kennecticut

Pronunciation: bowla con strictor; bolo or bola is correct

Sentence: During his presentation to the Texas Bolo Tie Corp on how to squeeze out another drop of profits. His bola tie works it`s way tighter and tighter like a true boloconstrictor they have been manufacturing until his face is beet red and is near wheezing, demonstrating the major force behind the companies falling profits and presenters

Etymology:

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COMMENTS:

funny - bookowl, 2008-04-09: 16:07:00

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Embhellishment

Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: emb/hell/ish/ment

Sentence: Six inch stylettos are an embhellishment that hurts the spine and causes muscle cramps in the legs but come in very handy as a weapon.

Etymology: embellishment + hellish

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COMMENTS:

Ha! So do steel-toes. - purpleartichokes, 2008-04-08: 09:27:00

Bela, Bela! - OZZIEBOB, 2008-04-09: 20:56:00

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Fashunation

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: fash un ay shun

Sentence: Yes, Eddie & Martha were a poor couple whose sense of style was a source of fashunation for all who knew them. Eddie always wore a Nehru jacket, bell bottoms, a shark tooth necklace, a beret and Cuban heel boots long before the Swinging Sixties and sadly, long after! Martha wore white go-go boots, tie-dye tee-shirt,a knitted cloche hat, plastic jewellery and a poodle skirt, and that was just to work, this week. Heaven knows they both tried, but apparently the Vogue magazines they read were way out of date, being second-hand. At any rate, they certainly were unique in their clothing choices, largely due to their impercunious financial status. Their friends sent in tons of nominations for them to appear on "What Not To Wear", to no use. Then one day, the lottery gods availed themselves and Eddie & Martha became staggeringly wealthy, squillionaires in fact! They no longer had to fit themselves out at the consigment stores. Instead, they could now afford to array themselves in the best designer goods around. It became their habit to spend a fortune and wear the very latest haute couture. Dior, Givenchy, Lagerfeld, Christian De La Croix, Hermes, Herrara, Oscar De La Renta, Galiano, Chanel, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Prada and Worth, but to name a few, became their new best friends. They appeared in trendy magazines as connoisseurs of everything "au courant". In the latest issue of Vogue, Eddie wore: a Nehru jacket, bell bottoms, a shark tooth necklace, a beret and Cuban heel boots and Martha was adorned in: white go-go boots, a tie-dye tee-shirt, a knitted cloche hat, plastic jewellery and a poodle skirt. Now, Victoria (Posh) Beckham and Vera Wang were racing to copy their new, innovative styles, to sell to Mr & Mrs North America...what utter fashunation with Eddie & Martha's classic panache!

Etymology: fashion ( the latest and most admired style in clothes and cosmetics and behavior) & shun (avoid and stay away from deliberately; stay clear of expel from a community or group) & fascination (the capacity to attract intense interest or a feeling of great liking for something wonderful and unusual) & nation (organized body of people)

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Ghettup

hyperborean

Created by: hyperborean

Pronunciation: geht-uhp

Sentence: He thought his ghettup gave him street cred and made him look tuff, but wearing his jeans so low that the waist band sat below his butt, and the crotch hung down to his knees caused him to walk like Marilyn Monroe in a tight skirt.

Etymology: alternative spelling of getup (a style or arrangemet of dress, esp. an elaborate or unusual one) + ghetto (a part of a city, esp. a slum area, occupied by a minority group)

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COMMENTS:

another best word for the day should be another winner, and a nice brief sentence, not an anthology - DrWebster111, 2009-05-31: 12:16:00

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