Verboticism: Cratedenza

'The seat broke, so I made a new one...'

DEFINITION: n. The creative, yet blatantly illegal use of plastic milk crates, and the latent fear of prosecution associated with this alleged crime. v. To create and build home furnishings using stolen milk crates.

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Lactoshui

Created by: toy4769

Pronunciation: Lack-toe-schway

Sentence: I really like what you've done with the place Margaret as the room has a real lactoshui feel to it that balances everything out.

Etymology: From Latin lac = milk and from Chinese for 'wind water' and popular design techniques = Feng Shui

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Decorcrating

Created by: Nuwanda

Pronunciation: de-core-crate-ing

Sentence: Everyone who stopped by my studio apartment felt the need to comment on my decorcrating. And you could always tell the recent visitors by the telltale grid imprints on their behinds after spending some time on my milk crate bar stools. These beauties were milk crates turned upside down and mounted on heavy duty orange construction cones. Very classy.

Etymology: Decor and decorating modified to include crate.

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Good word and you should be on HGTV! - Nosila, 2009-04-03: 23:30:00

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Grandlarcendairy

Created by: rombus

Pronunciation: grand + larsen + dary

Sentence: Ruben got put in the slammer for 2 years for grandlarcendairy when he was finally caught stealing 100 milk crates from the Dean's Dairy Company.

Etymology: Grand Larceny and Dairy

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COMMENTS:

fantastic - Jabberwocky, 2009-04-03: 12:33:00

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Lactoseintollerance

Created by: Biscotti

Pronunciation: lack-tos-in-tol-er-anse

Sentence: Vicky was apalled at Jims lactoseintollerance, when he used a milk crate as a substitute for a port-o-potty.

Etymology: Lactose (like milk) + intollerance (to not put up with)

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Moomentum

Created by: HighWitness

Pronunciation: moo-meant-um

Sentence: The moomentum movement wasted uncountable amounts of milk cartons, but on the bright side, new homes were constructed and everyone ate more chicken!

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Blactosemarket

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: blak tose mar ket

Sentence: Eddy Jones likes living on the edge. He likes to think his middle name is Danger, but it is actually Howard. Eddy recycles milk crates and makes them into other objects and sells them. Anyday now he could be caught with crate freight, by the police who he calls Crate Watchers. He is working the blactosemarket very successfully. His latest project is coffins, air-conditioned ones. He markets them as The Crateful Dead.

Etymology: Black Market (an illegal market in which goods or currencies are bought and sold in violation of rationing or controls)& Lactose (a sugar comprising one glucose molecule linked to a galactose molecule; occurs only in milk)

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Crascandalate

Created by: remistram

Pronunciation: cruh-scan-all-ate

Sentence: Josh was arrested for crascandalating and theft with a deadly glass of milk.

Etymology: crate + scandal

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Crative

Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: kray tiv

Sentence: thinking too far outside the box inevitably leads to a bad case of crativity

Etymology: crate creative

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Craterape

Created by: kateinkorea

Pronunciation: CRATE rape

Sentence: I felt tricked into being involved in something vile. John, my roommate, had suggested that I carry my groceries home in a milk crate. “People do it all the time,” he had said. And he promised he would bring it back for me. But once we got home he got lazy about taking it back and instead decided to recreate the milk crate into a part of his new bookshelf. Feeling quite clever, he morphed it into something unrecognizable. His craterape was the last straw in our ongoing stressful existence under the same roof.

Etymology: CRATE + RAPE+ DATERAPE RAPE: to plunder (a place); despoil; to seize, take, or carry off by force

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COMMENTS:

terrific story - Jabberwocky, 2009-04-03: 12:30:00

crate ending, too! - silveryaspen, 2009-04-04: 09:03:00

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Cratefuldread

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: krayt full dred

Sentence: They lived on the creative edge. Milkmen and Dairies feared them and none were safe from their criminal activities. Although we now call it recycling, in those days they lived in cratefuldread of prosecution. They were the Dread Heads...

Etymology: Crateful (the quantity contained in a crate) & Dread (fearful expectation or anticipation; be afraid or scared of; be frightened of) & WordPLay on Grateful Dead (American Rock band fronted by Jerry Garcia in the 60's & 70's)

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