Verboticism: Cladaclysm

'I said to dress business casual!'

DEFINITION: n. The feeling of anxiety created by the realization that you've arrived at a social event "wearing the wrong thing". v. To arrive at a social function and suddenly realize that you are you are completely over-dressed or worse -- under-dressed!

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Cladaclysm

Created by: Tigger

Pronunciation: /klad-uh-kliz-um/

Sentence: Jason figured that the 'Save the Rainforest' fundraiser that Debbie had invited him to would be attended by a bunch of hippies and tree-huggers. When he showed up in a tie-dye tee shirt and Birkenstock sandals at the 'black tie' event, it was a total cladaclysm — Jason was terribly embarrassed, and Debbie was simply mortified.

Etymology: Clad - clothed or dressed; covered in material (Old English, clāthod "clothed") + Cataclysm - a disaster [natural or social] (from Greek, kataklysmós "flood")

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Comments: Cladaclysm

silveryaspen - 2008-02-25: 12:54:00
Oh, Father, pray for our clothes now and at the time of our disdress! Leaving religion out of it, it's a spectacular creation!

OZZIEBOB - 2008-02-25: 19:20:00
Good word!

ErWenn - 2008-02-25: 19:59:00
Man, I woulda done the same thing as Jason. Only I'd have worn a black tie to go with my tye dye shirt.