Verboticism: Benefishiary

'I am deeply saddened by my master's departure...'

DEFINITION: n., An animal, usually a much loved pet, whose dead and departed owner has bequeathed a huge sum of money solely for its comfort and care. v. To leave part or all of an estate to a pet animal.

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Created by: karenanne

Pronunciation: ben uh FISH ee ayr ee

Sentence: Goldie the goldfish's faithful owner left Goldie his entire (very sizeable) estate, so that she "could continue to live in the manner to which she was accustomed." After Goldie's death, the remainder would go to the owner's favorite charity, Fishies First. The angry relatives, all of whom were cut out of the will, just found it pretty fishy.

Etymology: beneficiary + fish + fishy

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Comments: Benefishiary

Nosila - 2010-01-20: 19:20:00
Holy Mackerel, what a great word. I'm telling you this just for the halibut!