Verboticism: Joyfool

'Wow! It's just what I wanted!'

DEFINITION: v., To show appreciation for a gift, even if it is something that you do not really need or want, by feigning joy. n., A faked display of gratitude.

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Created by: hendrixius

Pronunciation: /joy-ploy/

Sentence: I had know choice but to joyploy my way out of the awkward situation created when my wife gave me a sweatshirt with the wrong football team on it. I mean, come on, who doesn't know I hate the Eagles?

Etymology: joy + ploy


simply silly rhymes ... to pass the times ... you create it ... I'll great it! - silveryaspen, 2007-12-28: 16:01:00


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Created by: mrskellyscl

Pronunciation: sham-wow-ee-zow-ee

Sentence: "Shamwowiezowie!" cried Marta when she opened the box. She was hoping for a ring this year but when she opened her gift from Ralph she found a ShamWow (as seen on TV). Through her teeth, she managed to thank him and convince him that she had been wanting one ever since she saw the commercial. Though her lips said, "Thanks," her mind said, "You'll be gone by New Year's, Buster!"

Etymology: sham: making deceitful pretenses; fakery + wowie zowie: an exclamation of amazement and joy, often said sarcastically; 1966 track by Frank Zappa "Wowie Zowie, baby, your love's a treat" the song was done tongue in cheek as a parody of many of the teen love songs of the time


Merry Christmas, mrskellyscl! - Nosila, 2009-12-24: 09:19:00

mrskellyscl God bless us, everyone! - mrskellyscl, 2009-12-24: 10:16:00


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Created by: MrDave2176

Pronunciation: de-lye-er

Sentence: Mabel was an excellent deliar. She clapped enthusiastically at the salad shooter, and smiled appreciatively at the hand-made sweaters. She managed to delie her way through the gift exchange without once saying how much she thought she'd get for them at a yard sale.

Etymology: de(light) mashed to liar

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Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: pres en tens

Sentence: Sabrina hated being picked by Dan as a secret Santa for the office party. It put her in the presentense. For three years in a row she got stuck with tools. Little did she know her husband Lenny and Dan had engineered the gift choice so that he could benefit...

Etymology: Present (gift) & Tense (physical/nervous tension)

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: igzilərāsham

Sentence: When Denise opened a present of season tickets to the local hockey team Christmas morning her response was exhilerasham. Later, away from the children, she told him what she really thought. He has promised to exchange the gift as soon as he treats his blistered ears.

Etymology: exhilaration (to feel very happy) + sham (pretense)

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Created by: Stevenson0

Pronunciation: gift/wink

Sentence: I learned from my mother at a very early age to giftwink when I received clothes from my grandparents instead of a toy. Since then, my giftwinking is as natural and undetectable as my appreciation for a fine present.

Etymology: GIFTWINK - verb - from GIFT + HOODWINK (to deceive, or trick)


luv it! The wink gives it such an appealing and fun flair. That wink that says "I'm just kidding" so nicely. - silveryaspen, 2008-12-23: 10:25:00

fun word....perfect. - mweinmann, 2008-12-23: 23:27:00

Top word. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-12-23: 23:48:00


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Created by: Tigger

Pronunciation: /eyoo-for'-ee-uh/

Sentence: Lauren's convincing ewwphoria upon opening the Handy-Ma'am brassiere repair kit that Uncle Frank gave her this year was worthy of an Academy Award nomination.

Etymology: Ew - what you feel like saying when you open a gift you dislike (Orig. unknown) + euphoria - a feeling of great happiness; elation (from Greek, euphoros "well-being")


Good word! - OZZIEBOB, 2007-12-20: 16:13:00


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Created by: magillo




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Created by: Niktionary

Pronunciation: joi-gust

Sentence: When I opened the gift my grandma gave me, I prayed she didn't hear the joygust in my voice.

Etymology: joy+disgust

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Created by: mweinmann

Pronunciation: joy - foe

Sentence: Lucy put on her best joyfaux when Carl proudly presented her with his great grandmother's broach for Christmas. Even though it was a family heirloom, Lucy dreaded the idea of wearing a glittery map of Hungary on her chest.

Etymology: Joy (rejoice: feel happiness, the emotion of great happiness) + Faux (not genuine or real,fake or artificial) Also a play on the word joyful.


Good would be a joyfauxpas not to vote for it...P.S. my brooch is a map of Ireland! - Nosila, 2008-12-23: 22:43:00


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