Verboticism: Bricabracken

'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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Shamitten

fabdiva

Created by: fabdiva

Pronunciation: shar-mit-ten

Sentence: Leslie was aghast when she pulled up in front of her friends' house. 'I knew Sarah had a gnome fetish, but this is total addiction! She's completely shamitten'.

Etymology: Sham - bogus or false Smitten - strongly attracted to someone or something.

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Ornafestation

artr

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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Cornyments

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

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COMMENTS:

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

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Gnomeandgarden

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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Hootingallery

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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Junkaments

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.)

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COMMENTS:

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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Gnomicile

mrskellyscl

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

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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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Uglawn

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: uhg-lawn

Sentence: Mindy just loves plastic gnomes, elves, mushrooms, flamingos, and deer. There are so many ornaments on her uglawn that you can hardly find a single blade of grass.

Etymology: ugly (unattractive) + lawn (cultivated area of green grass)

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Gnomania

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: nōmānēə

Sentence: Barbara was diagnosed with an acute case of gnomania, an obsessive-repulsive disorder characterized by the collection and display of dwarf-like creatures on her lawn, in her home, and office cubicle. Barb's family became concerned when she started wearing pointed caps, overalls and a fake beard. They had her committed when she started shopping around for a full-body tattoo.

Etymology: gnome (a legendary dwarfish creature supposed to guard the earth's treasures underground) + mania (mental illness marked by periods of great excitement, euphoria, delusions, and overactivity)

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Such expertise in your word & sentence - I admire it! - splendiction, 2009-04-17: 19:03:00

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Aliceinwonderyard

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)

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COMMENTS:

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

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