Verboticism: Maltruist

'He's kind of possessive about his litter...'

DEFINITION: v., To clean up another person's mess, only to have all their garbage dumped right on top of you. n., A person who tries to help other people solve their problems but always ends up in deep doo-doo.

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Created by: Banky

Pronunciation: maowl-troo-ist

Sentence: Alan had never been all that interested in the news. He couldn't tell you what area of the country was buried under a blizzard, or who Larry Craig was. It was much more relaxing to listen to music or play Xbox when he got home from his 9 to 5, instead of having to read about the latest genocide. So when the hand ran along the underside of the stall separator at the rest area just before St. Louis on I-70, he reached for the extra roll to hand to the stranger in need. Accusations, handcuffs, and a court date later, Alan the maltruist would be forced to learn how men cruise for men in prison as well, when he helped that clumsy guy in the shower with the bar of soap he had dropped.

Etymology: mal - prefix meaning bad, altruist - someone devoted to the welfare of others

Points: 845

Comments: Maltruist

silveryaspen - 2008-02-07: 09:44:00
Punningly, stunningly clever story. Excellent verboticism, too!

ErWenn - 2008-02-07: 10:17:00
Fantastic word! I suspect that this + spillanthropist means nobody else is getting any votes today

Jabberwocky - 2008-02-07: 13:11:00
very dark humour

OZZIEBOB - 2008-02-07: 18:07:00
Seems like he's 'cruising with his lights on' Luv the tale; good word, too!

picabomama - 2008-02-07: 18:17:00
My husband has almost done this very thing and I will introduce this word to remind to be vigilant.