Verboticism: Underpestimate

'Omigod! That is a huge snake!'

DEFINITION: v. To "adopt" a cute, baby, wild animal as a pet, which then grows up to become a very large, very wild, and very dangerous predator. n. A person who treats wild animals like pets, only to discover that they are not.

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Created by: readerwriter

Pronunciation: uhn-derh-pehst-ih-meyt

Sentence: One day while tandem bathing, Tino, to his dismay and demise, found he had underpestimated the weight and will of his pet hippo, Harry.

Etymology: Using UNDERESTIMATE, meaning to make too low an estimate of + PEST, a plant or animal that is injurious to man. Be careful of those critters, they can be "pesty mates," as well.

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Comments: Underpestimate

Jabberwocky - 2009-04-09: 10:46:00
wonderful verbotomy

readerwriter - 2009-04-09: 11:01:00
Thanks. This wasn't an easy one!

galwaywegian - 2009-04-09: 14:25:00

splendiction - 2009-04-09: 16:30:00