DEFINITION: n. An ingrained habit which is so entrenched in individual’s personality that they practically have an identity crisis if anyone tries to change it. v. To try to modify a person’s instinctive behavior and/or unconscious habits.
VERBOTICISMS: (Invented words created by the Verbotomy Writers)
Quirkchange: /kwerk chainj/ Quentin and Queenie Quinn were quintessentially the most quarrellous and quibblesome couple in Quebec. When Quentin would send a quip Queenie’s way, she would quickfire back some quirky response. Sometimes their quarrels became so loud that the neighbours would call in the Quebec Police to quell the quake. Queenie decided to take a quantum leap and improve the quality of their lives. In a quandary and tired of quipping about quarters, quarks, quacks, quads, and quinine, she quaranteed them in their Quonset Hut for a week to try and question their quest for marriage quiet. Although Queenie had become a quirkchange artist, Quentin was still quick-tempered. Queenie quaffed quantities of quince wine quarts to quench her thirst and give her courage. She invited Quentin under their quilt and told him that although quirkchange would be impossible with him, she loved him anyway. He said, and I quote: “Join the queue!” and the quarrel resumed… Etymology: Quick-Change (adept at changing from one thing to another especially changing costumes; “a quick-change artist”) + Quirk (a strange attitude or habit) + Change (make or become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one’s or its former characteristics or essence) Created by: Nosila.
Comments on Quirkchange:
OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-22: 01:23:00
Alternature: /ALL – tur – nay – chur/ Thoroughly fed up with Artemis’ slovenly habits, Mirabel devised a complicated alternature scheme wherein she planned to create changes in his long standing habits if only little by little. Etymology: Blend of alter, alternate, and nature Created by: Mustang.
Comments on Alternature:
Nosila, 2008-05-21: 21:31:00
Good word, Mustang…Mirabel would need to be a witch to really get a change in him…
Innerbentshun: /in-ur-bent-shun/ Chris’ predilection for licking his plate after supper forced Sally to arrange an intervention. This quickly turned into an innerbentshun when Chris disappeared in to the kitchen with all the dirty plates and cutlery and licked them all clean. Etymology: inner + bent(inclination, habit) + shun + intervention Created by: Jabberwocky.
Comments on Innerbentshun:
Nosila, 2008-05-21: 21:36:00
And I thought an innerbentshin was when we all did yoga!! Good Word.
OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-22: 01:22:00
Intrinsick: /in-trin-sick – I defy you to pronounce it any other way/ Gordon collapsed to the floor with a seizure every time his girlfriend tried to work on his intrinsicks. There was no way she would ever be able to get him to have a back, sac and crack wax. Etymology: intrinsic (inherent, elemental, innate) + sick (unwell, suffering from a malaise) Created by: petaj.
Comments on Intrinsick:
daniellegeorge, 2008-05-21: 15:50:00
He’s intrinsically no good!
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Verbotomy – 2008-05-21: 00:00:01
Today’s definition is inspired by Amy Sutherland recommendation that to successfully use Animal Training techniques, you must “Know Your Species”. You must be observant and note their quirks, feeding habits and social structure in order to effectively influence their behavior. Most importantly, you should recognize what part of the animal’s behavior cannot be changed! See: “What Shamu Taught me About Life, Love and Marriage”. Thanks Amy! ~ James