Verboticism: Lawnbegone

'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: 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: splendiction

Pronunciation: gau dy gnome

Sentence: Their garden was slowly receding as it faced increased competition with the statuaries, gnomes, bird baths, and plastic pinwheels. In fact, many nearby residents began worrying their realestate was being devalued by the whole gaudygnhome and its dreadfully garish collections of lawn and garden accessories. The owner’s oldest, most favoured, gnomes had even begun to desintigrate into fragments of faintly painted terracotta.

Etymology: From GAUDY, GARDEN, GNOME and HOME. It means a home that is gaudy, or garish, due to its plethora of garden gnomes and such.

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Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: NO-manz-land

Sentence: Barb 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, man, and land, play on the phrase 'no mans land'.

COMMENTS: it!! - mweinmann, 2009-04-17: 09:10:00

It doesn't get gnome better! Super Duper! - silveryaspen, 2009-04-17: 10:36:00

Yes this is a great word! - splendiction, 2009-04-17: 16:07:00

There's no place like gnome! - Nosila, 2009-04-17: 21:23:00


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Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: no mens land

Sentence: Mary Contrary's home was a gaudy fairy tale house surrounded by a front and backyard covered by every known garden ornament. She had over 200 garden gnomes, no two alike and each had a name. Her home was a gnomensland, as no sane man would be caught dead in this fairyland setting. Even her dog was embarrassed to be seen there...he was sure all these creatures came alive at night and they probably did!

Etymology: Gnome (elf or fairy) & No Mens Land (devoid of men) & WordPlay on No-Mans-Land (an area not suitable or used for occupation or habitation;

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Created by: mweinmann

Pronunciation: fair - ee - laund

Sentence: Genevieve visited craft shows, garden centers and garage sales and couldn't stop bringing them home... She had totally fairylawned her yard. Sneezy, Breezy, Hopeless and Doc stood guard over her vast grounds in which neighborhood kids had begun to frolic, while their parents prayed for the big bad wolf to pay a visit....

Etymology: Fairy, Lawn, Fairyland


Clever, appealing and fun! Winsome Word! - silveryaspen, 2009-04-17: 10:35:00

Enchanting! - Nosila, 2009-04-17: 21:22:00


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Created by: abrakadeborah

Pronunciation: Junk-a-ments

Sentence: Trailoretta just loved decorating her yard with all types of "junkaments" She would keep adding more and more plastic ornaments and figurines until, she barely had enough room to get to her mobile home doorsteps. Often the neighbors would peer out of their curtains...watching Trailoretta kneeling down to pet and talk to her gnomes and elf collection.(She apparently thought the the mushrooms, elves and gnomes had magical powers.)

Etymology: Junk:Rubbish,debris, crap (slang) trashy,clutter. Ornaments:Something that decorates or adorns; an embellishment (in this case an over embellishment of plastic junk.)


Oh how well, your word describes some of these! Good blending! - silveryaspen, 2009-04-17: 10:41:00

Trailoretta is a Trailer Park Girl for sure...and some mushrooms do have magical powers! - Nosila, 2009-04-17: 21:25:00

Thank you both very much I really enjoy each others comments and your sentences! :) - abrakadeborah, 2009-04-20: 18:18:00


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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: 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: 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: Biscotti

Pronunciation: ayl-iss-inn-wun-dur-yaar-d

Sentence: Everyone knew Vicki had a horrible case of aliceinwonderyard. Her front lawn was decorated with an army of gnomes, a flock of pink flamingos, a herd of plastic deer, and a wiseguy left over from a nativity set.

Etymology: Alice in wonderland (a popular children's fantasy book) + yard (that green stuff around some peoples houses)


Your word is so Wonderfull! - silveryaspen, 2009-04-17: 10:24:00


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