Verboticism: Petzillawoe

'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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Petzillawoe

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: pet-ZILL-eh-wo

Sentence: After having to call professionals in the past to deal with the cuddly chimp and the fuzzy panther he acquired as babies and watched them grow into dangerous creatures, Willard felt again the pangs of petzillawoe when the cute little python he bought as a newborn turned out to be, in fact, a dangerous anaconda.

Etymology: Blend of 'pet' (usually a small personally owned animal) and 'woe' (troubles) and is a play on 'Godzilla', a fictional monster

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