Verboticism: Mannequinate

'Guess what I'm giving you for your birthday?'

DEFINITION: v. To wear special uniforms and carry around unusual props in order to stimulate social interaction. n. A person who compensates for their lack of personality and weak social skills by resorting to props and costumes.

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Created by: OZZIEBOB

Pronunciation: man-ee-kin-ate

Sentence: Not all humans are born equal, but when it came to Bob, some thought born was a misnomer. And despite being garbed always in latest fashion and accessories, his gaucherie suggested that a more suitable word was needed to describe his strange and anti-social behaviour. Someone suggested "mannequinate"; others wanted more time to think. However friends were encouraged that an inner change was about to take place when they saw Bob reading the book, "Personality for Dummies."

Etymology: MANNEQUINATE: blend of mannequin - model of a person, used to display clothes; a dummy (lit & fig). & -ATE: as an ending of a verb, to cause, to become.

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Comments: Mannequinate

silveryaspen - 2008-02-14: 07:49:00
Excellent ending in your sentence! Artful verbot!

Jabberwocky - 2008-02-14: 11:43:00
I never thought of the Dummies books that way - very funny and a little scary