Verboticism: Disaptusia

'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: valevans

Pronunciation: sens-awk

Sentence: When John came to the business casual party thinking Anne said bedroom casual everyone immediatly overlooked Sam's choice of clothing with shorts and a t-shirt. Though Sam was happy to not have the bad judgments being made about him, he still felt bad for John and his obvious sensawk situation.

Etymology: sens- to feel, to think. awk- awkward

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: dis-dres

Sentence: As she stepped through the door of the formal affair, Sally felt nothing but disdress realizing that her low-cut red disdress was completely inappropriate.

Etymology: dis (short for disrespect) + distress (great pain, anxiety, or sorrow; acute physical or mental suffering; affliction; trouble) + dress (an outer garment for women and girls, consisting of bodice and skirt in one piece)

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Created by: ErWenn

Pronunciation: /ˈblu ˈtaɪ/

Sentence: My plaid shorts and tye-dye t-shirt were definitely inappropriate for the formal dance, but then again, they'd probably be blue-tie for just about any situation.

Etymology: indicating the wrong color tie with respect to a "black tie" or "white tie" dress code


You collared it! - silveryaspen, 2008-02-25: 12:52:00

So very clever! - OZZIEBOB, 2008-02-25: 19:23:00


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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: angzī-itēʃərt

Sentence: Hal was very happy to hear that his new company followed the practice of **Casual Friday**. He was less than happy when he discovered that their definition of casual was allow employees to loosen their ties and maybe take off their suit jackets when not with a client. On his first Friday Hal needed to make a quick u-turn to change out of his jeans and anxietshirt. The raised eyebrows might have been because he was too casual, certainly not helped by his choice of a logo-emblazoned shirt from the fashion brand fcuk.

Etymology: anxiety (a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease) + t-shirt (a short-sleeved casual top, generally made of cotton, having the shape of a T when spread out flat)

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Created by: OZZIEBOB

Pronunciation: UGG-gwah-leer-ra.

Sentence: When Roxie arrived late to the funeral of Bob's managing director's parents, wearing a moth-riddled, mauve micro-mini, a long platinum blonde, nidamental wig, garish make-up and ugg boots, she immediately knew it was the beginning of a janetic dressaster. Not only were the uggs impossible to pull off, even a professional stylist wouldn't have been able to match them with her ugguilera outfit.

Etymology: Blend of Ugg boots or uggs, Australian designed item of "footwear" ;UGH: interjection of disgust; ugly. Aguilera: Spanish for eyrie or eagle nest. PS: Aguilera. The surname of Christina Aguilera, current pop superstar.


Great word to describe the clothes the famous often wear in public. - silveryaspen, 2008-12-08: 12:32:00

You also fooled me with the etymology. Ugly and Ugh! not uggs came to mind. Uggs was a totally new word for me. Thanks! - silveryaspen, 2008-12-08: 12:36:00

Thanks for the reminder: realized, only after I had logged out, that I had forgtten to include "UGH." From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Ugg boots are a style of sheepskin boot, with wool as the inner lining and a tanned outer surface worn by both men and women. Ugg boots often have a synthetic sole, although this is not universal. Uggs have been identified as a fashion trend for men and women since the early 2000s. In recent months, Ugg boots have grown again in popularity with men with the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio being spotted in them. They were originally designed to provide bare minimum footwear for under privileged children in southern Australia. They somehow managed, despite their appearance, to gain popularity among boys and girls in the United States and Europe. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-12-08: 16:24:00

Ugg has its own website, too! Looks like a good boot for the snow here, too! - silveryaspen, 2008-12-09: 00:14:00


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Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: fash-uhn-NO-no

Sentence: Whether he frequently misunderstands dress requirements for gatherings or is just plain ignorant, Clint repeatedly commits fashionono's that are often bizarre and always very noticeable.

Etymology: Blend of 'fashion' (style or mode) and 'no no' (something forbidden or not recommended)

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Created by: dochanne

Pronunciation: Blunder-wair

Sentence: Jamie was nervous about the party, having been unable to conduct any dresspionage, and opted for the cautious option of black. As she entered the room, she saw a sea of bright colours, frills and big hair. Bright sparkling sequins flashed as Brad approached, feathers in his hair. Oh, dear, she thought, having just now remembered what the party was for. Her hembarassment was not finished yet though, as the ankle-length number was downright prudish and her dear friend put his shining arm around her and announced to the room "And here's my darling Jamie - the queen of Blunderwear!". The room exploded with laughter and Jamie sank into an abyss of frockxiety and gloom.

Etymology: Blunder - to err or make an obvious mistake; Wear - what you are wearing when you blunder into undresspionaged situations.


Great create. So straight forward, you immediately know what it means. - silveryaspen, 2008-12-08: 12:47:00

Seams like a great word and threads its way through your yarn like a fancy notion ... that Brad is such a Baste-ard! - Nosila, 2008-12-08: 23:14:00

That Brad, what a fair feather friend he turned out to be....great word!! - mweinmann, 2008-12-09: 10:37:00

Terrific. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-12-13: 16:10:00


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Created by: petaj

Pronunciation: em-pera-men-tel

Sentence: Barenadette was highly emperormental when she made a grand entrance at what she thought was the Indy Ball in her nanokini, (after all it was October on the Gold Coast) only to find that the A1 crowd were a much more staid group. She should have worn her one piece swimsuit instead.

Etymology: emperor (Andersen's famous emperor was very temperamental when he realised that his new clothes in fact did not exist) + mental (state of mind) + temperamental (emotional)

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Created by: Biscotti

Pronunciation: dum-bare-es-ment

Sentence: Jane felt a strange sense of dumbarassment when she showed up to the Fright Night Halloween Party dressed up like the Easter Bunny.

Etymology: dumb + embarassment


Dumbfoundingly clever! - silveryaspen, 2008-02-25: 13:24:00


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Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: mis robe d

Sentence: On her way to the boss' party,Charlotte met her date, Craig at work but she did not realize he was misrobed with only a speedo under his long coat...

Etymology: Mis-(prefix for lack of; not;wrong, bad, or erroneous; wrongly, badly, or erroneously) & Robed (dressed or clothed especially in fine attire) & Disrobed (undressed)

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