Verboticism: Humumbug

'Eat! Or you'll turn into a boneless chicken.'

DEFINITION: n., Cautionary advice provided by parents to their children, often makes no logical sense but carries enough emotional weight to affect the child's behavior. v. To warn of danger through the judicious use of exaggeration.

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Momsense

Created by: TJayzz

Pronunciation: Mom-sen-s

Sentence: Linda was full so of momsense when it came to bringing up little Donald, she was forever telling him to eat his crusts to make his hair curly and that carrots would make him see in the dark. Being only four years old he thought his mum knew everything, he would constantly gaze into the mirror waiting for his curls to appear, and lie awake in the early hours desperate to have night vision.

Etymology: Mom(North American term for Mum) Sense(purpose,reason)(see Nonsense) = Momsense

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COMMENTS:

metrohumanx And Donald grew so tall from stepping in cow dung. - metrohumanx, 2008-08-29: 06:04:00

If he was like me and my bro, he wondered why mom never brought home the kind of spinach with the rip open can like Popeye. - lumina, 2008-08-29: 15:32:00

Love your word,TJayzz... - Nosila, 2008-08-29: 20:10:00

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Mytherhood

Created by: Scrumpy

Pronunciation: mith-er-hood

Sentence: Little Timmy believed the mytherhoods that his parents told him. He was completely suprised when he grew up and wasn't blind.

Etymology: myth + motherhood/fatherhood

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COMMENTS:

Hehe!! Great word too! - purpleartichokes, 2007-09-28: 13:12:00

vixphilia Great word! :) - vixphilia, 2007-09-28: 16:53:00

Funny sentence, excellent word. Your "suburban legend" comment- also hysterical. - ScrabbledEgg, 2007-09-28: 18:02:00

Great word: bonza of a blend! - OZZIEBOB, 2007-09-30: 18:03:00

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Emochide

Created by: AlohaJo

Pronunciation: E-mo-ch-I-de

Sentence: The boy, after disobeying his father's warning, had to sit through a lengthy emochide.

Etymology: emotional+ chide

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Mamalore

Created by: thebaron

Pronunciation: ma-ma-lore

Sentence: Whenever we ate oranges and swallowed the seeds, Aunt Janet would spurt out some mamalore, saying that oranges trees would grow in our stomachs.

Etymology: mama (mother) lore (length/myth)

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Guidunce

Created by: remistram

Pronunciation: ghy-duhns

Sentence: "Do as I say, not as I do" was the most important guidunce her Mum ever gave her.

Etymology: guidance + dunce

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COMMENTS:

great word - Jabberwocky, 2007-09-28: 12:06:00

Great Word! Accurate sentence in a lot of cases! - Scrumpy, 2007-09-28: 13:22:00

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Veilacide

Created by: Rhyme79

Pronunciation: vale-uh-syde

Sentence: My dad was really good at veilacide when we were kids. He had us believing all sorts of things that we now know are utter piffle. For example, he told us that if we didn't brush our teeth they would fall out and fly away to find an old person that needed them! For a while I actually believed that eating my crusts would give me curly hair, so I didn't eat them because I wanted straight hair!

Etymology: An anagram of lie-advice. Veil, ( to cover or conceal, a pretense)+ cide, (latin - killer or the act of killing, in this case 'the truth'!)+ the left over 'a' in the middle = veilacide.

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DrWebsterIII funny story - DrWebsterIII, 2012-11-03: 04:55:00

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Scarefication

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: skair-uh-fi-key-shuhn

Sentence: Mother hen believes in the use of scarefication to keep her chicks in line. A little lie here, an exaggeration there, all pecked into their little psyches until they are afraid to do anything wrong.

Etymology: scare (to fill, especially suddenly, with fear or terror; frighten; alarm) Scarification (scratching, etching, burning/branding, or superficially cutting designs, pictures, or words into the skin as a permanent body modification)

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Chickshtick

Created by: mweinmann

Pronunciation: chik - shtik

Sentence: Samancluck warned her little one to not peep too loud or her eyes would bug out.... It was just more of her chickshtick, designed to get her little one to behave.

Etymology: Chick (baby chicken) + Schtick (gimmick)

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Lorewarning

Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: lor/war/ning

Sentence: Lorewarning is the practice of raising children by indoctrinating them with urban legends.

Etymology: lore (myths, folklore) + forewarning

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COMMENTS:

metrohumanx Alligators in the sewers? - metrohumanx, 2008-08-29: 06:06:00

Witches eat little kids who don't go to bed on time? - lumina, 2008-08-29: 15:33:00

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Exaggerary

Created by: abrakadeborah

Pronunciation: ex-aj-er-rare-e

Sentence: Red was such an exaggerary clucker when it came to dealing with his baby chicks.

Etymology: Exagger- Taken in part from the word >Exaggeration-The act of exaggerating or overstating. Ary- A suffix occurring originally in loanwords. Also taken in part for the word cautionary.

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