Verboticism: Dwarficulture

'What do you think of the newest addition to our front lawn?'

DEFINITION: v. To express your love of nature by covering your lawn with statues, ornaments and other plastic figurines. n. A home which is infested with gnomes, elves, plastic animals, and other lawn ornaments.

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Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: nome and gar den

Sentence: Gnomera (her Gnome-de-Plume) had a beautiful home in Gnome, Alaska. She decorated it outside tastefully with flowers, lights and plenty of gnomes. So many in fact that her neighbours called it Gnomeandgarden. The neighbourhood decided to gnominate her for the annual HGTV show, Gnome for the Holidays. She quickly got busy and decorated with even more gnomes, enough that many people felt her theme "No place like Gnome" was a little too much like gnomerology. Sadly a big blizzard blew in and the TV Crew were unable to fly in to film the segment. "They should have called it "Gnome Alone", instead" she pined.

Etymology: Gnome (a legendary creature resembling a tiny old man; lives in the depths of the earth and guards buried treasure;garden figures made to resemble gnomes) & Home & Garden (magazine,website and TV channel devoted to do-it-yourself and home makeovers)

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: ôrnəfestāshən

Sentence: Maybe it is a form of separation anxiety or some sort of guilty pleasure but every time Bob needs to leave town on business, Louise feels the need to add to the ornafestation in the front yard. This time during a trip to Kansas she went for the full tacky-pack — the burro with cart complete with gnome driver and 8 dozen plastic flowers. Bob has learned to walk to and from his car looking only at his shoes and enough walkway to keep from tripping.

Etymology: ornament (a thing used to adorn something but usually having no practical purpose) + (insects or animals in large numbers, typically so as to cause damage or disease)

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Created by: karenanne

Pronunciation: BRIK ah brak en

Sentence: Sue Veneer likes to bring home something "cute" for her yard from every place she travels. Since her collection represents places from Alaska to Zimbabwe, there is no rhyme nor reason to how things are placed. She also favors "the wild look," which features a lot of bushes and ground cover, requiring a minimum of upkeep. Sue's yard is probably the only place in the world where a polar bear towers over a zebra, both standing in a patch of English ivy. Her neighbors find it unusual and call it "the bric-a-bracken," but consider it much more tolerable than the previous owner's yard, which most of them remember all too well even though it was almost fifteen years ago. That one featured, um, "vintage," cars in various states of repair, many up on blocks.

Etymology: bric-a-brac (knick-knacks, curios, novelty decorations) + bracken (dense or scrubby shrubbery or undergrowth)

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Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: k itch in

Sentence: The food in her kitschen was great, it was the little plaques all over the place with heart warming phrases that were hard to stomach.

Etymology: kitchen, kitsch

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Created by: silveryaspen

Pronunciation: hoot ing gal ur ee

Sentence: Fey Array bought every whimsical and fanciful, other worldly and unwordly, lawn knick-knack, and bit of bric-a-brac, of mythical and mystical, gnomes, elves, fairies, grrr-animals, and even a few alien indiscernibles. She then rigged them, so they would talk and sing, grunt and groan, squeek and squawk, and even moan. Her yard was not only a bijouterie, it was a hootery. Her loud cacaphony of embellishments, (some say it was an emhellishment) not only stunnged the eyes, it also blasted the ears .... until the day, old man Remington went shooting in her hootingallery!

Etymology: HOOT, HOOTING, GALLERY. Yes hootingallery is a pun of SHOOTING GALLERY. Hoot - any things (or anyone) that are highly amusing and funny. Hooting - shouting and laughing sounds that are usually quite loud. Gallery - has many meanings but the one that applies here is: a place where objects are exhibited. /// FEY ARRAY - is a word play on Faye Wray who starred in the original King Kong film. Fey means mystical. Array - a collection of objects arranged for viewing. /// bijou - ornamental objects and trinkets. Thus a bijouterie is the place where these are. (I thought bijouterie was a real word but didn't find it in Encarta's online dictionary and was too tired/lazy to look in other dictionaries.) /// In my Fictionary, a hootery is any collection of items that are a hoot or make hooting noises. /// Emhellishment is a verbotomy of embellishment and hell. /// Stunnged is a verbotomy of stunned and stung. /// Thank goodness this long etymology is doneg! (done/dung)

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Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: sen trol park

Sentence: Ivy thought she was a cultivated, worldly person. When she and her sister, Holly, bought a house and started to decorate the large garden with trolls and other garden accessories, Ivy decided to call their home Centrollpark. She had a little sign painted to hang on the gate and her neighbours thought her English country garden decorated with the fairyland characters quite quaint. Eventually though their garden was over-run by gnomes, fairies, flamingos, leprechauns, toadstools, toads, windmills and wells. Then some of their friends started giving the girls plastic pigs in all sizes and colors to add to their motif. The pigs were everywhere. The fish pond became Swine Lake, their toolshed became a sty, the Flamingos became Hamingos and the walk, now a trotter, was a big boar. The plastic porcines threatened to hog every green space in the yard. Sadly the lovely Centrollpark had become Centrollpork!

Etymology: Central Park (A huge park in Manhattan) & Troll (Scandanavian folklore) a supernatural creature, either a dwarf or a giant)


hahaha, clever story and word. - mweinmann, 2009-04-17: 09:09:00

This is one to really extroll (extoll) over! - silveryaspen, 2009-04-17: 10:27:00

LOL at the pigs theme! Well done! - splendiction, 2009-04-17: 18:57:00

Ivy sounds like a troll-op - Mustang, 2009-04-17: 21:15:00


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Created by: mrskellyscl

Pronunciation: gnome-i-cile

Sentence: Jeanette loved her garden, all the little plastic bunnies, gnomes and flamingos. As soon as it warmed up in spring, she was putting together her gnomicile for everyone to enjoy.

Etymology: gnome -- diminutive beings responsible for guarding the earth. domicile -- permanent home


Great etymology. Great Create! - silveryaspen, 2009-04-17: 10:37:00

Yes gnomicile is perfect! - splendiction, 2009-04-17: 18:54:00

Gnomes are so gneat....and gnatural. - Mustang, 2009-04-17: 21:13:00


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Created by: readerwriter

Pronunciation: korh-nee-mintz

Sentence: Ova D. Topp loved looking down over the cosmos of cornyments she had created. Near the curb were the worms, caterpillers and fish. Next was a terrace of teradactyls and T-Rex's. Above them were the gnomes and fairies, separated by a bridge (underneath were the trolls) which led to deer, swans and toadstools. Closest to her throne on the porch were statues of a little girl reading, a boy fishing, a mermaid, a trio of angels and Athena, a Greek goddess. The only disturbance to her sight were the two For Sale signs on her neighbors' lawns which never went away.

Etymology: Blending CORNY + ORNAMENTS


Yes I agree! Less is more! - splendiction, 2009-04-17: 18:55:00


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Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: ig nohm ray muss

Sentence: She was a total ignomeramous, given to elf harm when feeling grumpy, bashful or dopey.

Etymology: ingoramous gnome

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Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: NO-manz-land

Sentence: Lucy thought it was cute to decorate her yard with little plastic statues of Snow White and her dwarf buddies but her neighbors snickered behind her back and had labeled her yard gnomemansland.

Etymology: Blend of 'Gnome', (One of a fabled race of dwarflike creatures) 'man' (human), and land, play on the phrase 'no mans land'


Hmmmmm - Mustang, 2013-08-15: 06:42:00


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