Verboticism: Distractionhero

'How did you get your boyfriend to stop scratching his nuts?'

DEFINITION: v. To prevent someone from participating in an undesired activity by engaging them in another activity which makes it impossible to do the first. n. Two things cannot be done at the same time.

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Slyversionary

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: sly ver shun ary

Sentence: Sandra kept Simon's activities on a short leash. Whenever he wanted to do something she did not approve of, she would create a slyversionary attack. For instance, major sporting events on television were missed because that darn tv "acted up again" or "the cable was out". How could he join his buddies hunting when his rifle and hunting license were not to be found anywhere? You get the picture, but Simon failed to notice the coincidence of these events.

Etymology: Sly (marked by skill in deception) & Diversionary (an attack calculated to draw enemy defense away from the point of the principal attack;a tactic that diverts attention)

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COMMENTS:

the best word today! Very sly! - splendiction, 2009-07-02: 21:21:00

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Sublimatention

mrskellyscl

Created by: mrskellyscl

Pronunciation: sub-lim-a-ten-shen

Sentence: Karen used sublimatention successfully to redirect Ron's focus from a bad behavior to a good one. Now, instead of nose mining in public, he cleans his glasses.

Etymology: subliminal: below the threshold of conscious perception + sublimate: direct energy from a socially improper behavior to an acceptable one + mate: spouse + attention: concentrated focus of the mind

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Snubstitution

Created by: Tigger

Pronunciation: /SNUB-sti-too-shun/

Sentence: Amanda had learned that when her boyfriend was arguing with her, the best thing to do was turn on the TV and tune in the sports channel. By using snubstitution, she could give his aggression another target. He would still be yelling and shouting, but gradually his attention would shift to the athletes and announcers on the TV instead of screaming at her. Also, sometimes when he was trying to be sweet, Don would serenade her in public, but he had a lousy singing voice — so she would just kiss him repeatedly until he gave up.

Etymology: Snub - to suddenly check or stop the action of; to reject (from Old Norse, snubba "to curse, scold, reprove") + Substitution - something which the place of something else; replacement (from Latin, substitutus "put in place of another")

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Like your word and sentence - OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-22: 08:20:00

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Cullduggery

Created by: OZZIEBOB

Pronunciation: kuhl-DUHG_uh-ree

Sentence: Roxie disrailed any of Bob's less- than-desirable activities through a strict program of cullduggery.

Etymology: CULL: Something picked out and put aside or removed as unrequired; SKULLDUGGERY:Instance(s) of less than desirable behaviour. Deception, dishonesty, trickery.

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COMMENTS:

very clever - Jabberwocky, 2008-05-22: 13:34:00

Cullever word, Bob! - Nosila, 2008-05-22: 20:41:00

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Incompaticake

Created by: diyan627

Pronunciation: in cum pat eee cayk

Sentence: Barry is so dense...Nina plays incompaticake with him all the time to get him to stop doing things she doesn't like.

Etymology: incompatible + patty cake (game that would entertain a nearly primordial person :) The funny thing is, this is a real definition out there in Behavior Analysis Academia.. The real term for the technique is called Differential Reinforcement of Incompatible behaviors (DRI)

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COMMENTS:

wonderful etymology - Jabberwocky, 2008-05-22: 13:38:00

Is incompaticake the same as wedding -cake? - OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-22: 18:53:00

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Etaskulate

Created by: Stevenson0

Pronunciation: e/task/u/late

Sentence: Jenny had such control over Joe that she could easily etaskulate him. A planned night out at the pub with Joe's friends, or a Saturday golf game was always interrupted by Jenny's sudden urge to have him learn knitting, or help her sort her fashion magazine collection.

Etymology: ETASKULATE - VERB - from EMASCULATE (to castrate; to deprive of strength, or vigor; to weaken) + TASK

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COMMENTS:

excellent! - galwaywegian, 2008-05-22: 07:55:00

estastic! - Jabberwocky, 2008-05-22: 13:37:00

Top word. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-22: 18:51:00

E-xcellent word! - Nosila, 2008-05-22: 20:42:00

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Distractivity

mrskellyscl

Created by: mrskellyscl

Pronunciation: dis-trac-tiv-i-ty

Sentence: Jill learned to keep a distractivity in her purse for social situations with Jack. If he became bored, he would get into trouble. At her mother's dinner party she heard him start a lively conversation about the elections with Uncle Will. Quickly, she pulled a Game Boy out of her purse and sent him into the game room to wait for dinner.

Etymology: distract: divert attention + activity: an educational aid designed to stimulate learning through hands-on experience

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Resequentiate

Created by: mweinmann

Pronunciation: ree - see - quen - chee - ate

Sentence: When Lenny's behavior went off-track, Mona decided to resequentiate him.

Etymology: re (again, repeat, change) sequential (one at a time), suffix "tiate" (as in initiate, substantiate)

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Solitarsking

petaj

Created by: petaj

Pronunciation: soll-it-asking

Sentence: It helps to be good at solitarsking when working with preschoolers and trying to avoid little fingers getting up to mischief.

Etymology: solitary (single, one) + task (job, activity) inspired by the term multitasking which is really what is expected when the boss says you need to be multiskilled.

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COMMENTS:

Clever blend,. Took me a while to catch on to it. I too 'toyed' with the unitasking concept for while. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-22: 08:26:00

petaj Actually could have used psycholdoggy here as well. Keep throwing a stick so the dog can't lick his unmentionables. - petaj, 2008-05-23: 02:36:00

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Haltitasking

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: hôltētasking

Sentence: Sharon can't stand it when her husband has nothing to do, defined as spending hours playing video games. To keep this from happening she makes sure to keep a full complement of haltitasking items on his honey-do list. Today he is cleaning the dental molding on all the furniture with a toothbrush.

Etymology: halt (bring or come to an abrupt stop) + multitasking (the simultaneous execution of more than one program or task)

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good word - Nosila, 2009-07-02: 13:20:00

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