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'How did you get your boyfriend to stop scratching his nuts?'

DEFINITION: v. To prevent someone from participating in an undesired activity by engaging them in another activity which makes it impossible to do the first. n. Two things cannot be done at the same time.

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Subterguile

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: SUB - ter - gile

Sentence: Ambrosia employed a two pronged game of subterguile on her couch potato fiance, Guilford, first distracting him with alluring smiles and suggestions and then offering other options to lure him away from another weeked of non stop gaming with his LAN buddies on his computer.

Etymology: Blend of subterfuge and beguile

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COMMENTS:

petaj Inspired choice of names. Ambrosia and Guilford, Troilus and Cressida, Romeo and Juliet - petaj, 2008-05-22: 06:15:00

excellent - Jabberwocky, 2008-05-22: 13:40:00

Beguiling! - OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-22: 18:56:00

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Sublimatention

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Created by: mrskellyscl

Pronunciation: sub-lim-a-ten-shen

Sentence: Karen used sublimatention successfully to redirect Ron's focus from a bad behavior to a good one. Now, instead of nose mining in public, he cleans his glasses.

Etymology: subliminal: below the threshold of conscious perception + sublimate: direct energy from a socially improper behavior to an acceptable one + mate: spouse + attention: concentrated focus of the mind

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Distractivity

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Created by: mrskellyscl

Pronunciation: dis-trac-tiv-i-ty

Sentence: Jill learned to keep a distractivity in her purse for social situations with Jack. If he became bored, he would get into trouble. At her mother's dinner party she heard him start a lively conversation about the elections with Uncle Will. Quickly, she pulled a Game Boy out of her purse and sent him into the game room to wait for dinner.

Etymology: distract: divert attention + activity: an educational aid designed to stimulate learning through hands-on experience

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Disstract

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: dis trakt

Sentence: When Sonya's boyfriend, Skippy, was "in the mood" and Sonya wasn't,which was often, she'd put him off by trying to disstract him. She'd complain about his breath, his hygiene, the fact that he never took her out or bought her nice things. By the time she was done, his ardor was cooled as surely as if she had thrown ice water over him. He never did figure out that this disstraction was the antidote to Viagra.

Etymology: Diss (treat, mention, or speak to rudely) & Distract (draw someone's attention away from something)

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Haltitasking

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: hôltētasking

Sentence: Sharon can't stand it when her husband has nothing to do, defined as spending hours playing video games. To keep this from happening she makes sure to keep a full complement of haltitasking items on his honey-do list. Today he is cleaning the dental molding on all the furniture with a toothbrush.

Etymology: halt (bring or come to an abrupt stop) + multitasking (the simultaneous execution of more than one program or task)

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COMMENTS:

good word - Nosila, 2009-07-02: 13:20:00

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Distractitask

Created by: pieceof314

Pronunciation: di-strakt-ih-task

Sentence: "Hey Jim, look over here! Pie!" Mary vigorously pointed to the counter where a freshly baked pie was waiting to be dished out, trying to think of a way to get him to stop playing pocket pool. Jim's eyebrows raised as he took his hands from out of his pockets to reach for a plate. Just then, Mary's best friend walked in. The distractitask was successful.

Etymology: distract + task

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COMMENTS:

a bit disdrastic but cunning - Jabberwocky, 2008-05-22: 13:36:00

This aint just "Pie in the Sky" stuff. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-22: 18:58:00

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Snubstitution

Created by: Tigger

Pronunciation: /SNUB-sti-too-shun/

Sentence: Amanda had learned that when her boyfriend was arguing with her, the best thing to do was turn on the TV and tune in the sports channel. By using snubstitution, she could give his aggression another target. He would still be yelling and shouting, but gradually his attention would shift to the athletes and announcers on the TV instead of screaming at her. Also, sometimes when he was trying to be sweet, Don would serenade her in public, but he had a lousy singing voice — so she would just kiss him repeatedly until he gave up.

Etymology: Snub - to suddenly check or stop the action of; to reject (from Old Norse, snubba "to curse, scold, reprove") + Substitution - something which the place of something else; replacement (from Latin, substitutus "put in place of another")

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Like your word and sentence - OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-22: 08:20:00

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Procedo

Created by: splendiction

Pronunciation: prow SEE due

Sentence: Sam’s parents accomplished the amazing! He made his bed, vacuumed the downstairs, took out the garbage - all before breakfast! The procedo was that he couldn’t eat until his chores were done.

Etymology: From PROCEDURE and DO - to do a set activity before another activity.

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A perfect placebo - Nosila, 2009-07-02: 13:20:00

- of course I would never give out a real procedo like this! - splendiction, 2009-07-04: 21:23:00

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Rehabitulate

Created by: milorush

Pronunciation: (n.) rē'kə-bĭch'ə-lāt'; (tr.v.) rē'kə-bĭch'ə-lā'shən

Sentence: In recent years, an effective form of rehabitulation for incessant smokers has proven to be non-stop eating -- doctors, however, are not convinced the disease isn't worse than the cure.

Etymology: re- = "again" + hab[it] + [cap]itulation = "the act of surrendering"

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Nice blend. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-22: 19:00:00

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Vacilasectomy

Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: va/sil/ah/sec/tummy

Sentence: After his vacilasectomy Jim couldn't bear the thought of staying focussed on anything for more than a few seconds.

Etymology: vacillate + vasectomy

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COMMENTS:

Funny & nicely blended word. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-22: 08:18:00

One of those words that makes men cross their legs.. - Nosila, 2008-05-22: 20:43:00

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Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2008-05-21: 00:00:01
Today's definition is inspired by the "Joy of Incompatible Behaviors". It's Amy Sutherland's secret weapon for dealing with people who have annoying habits which they can't seem to control. The secret is not to try to stop them, but rather get them on another track. See: "What Shamu Taught me About Life, Love and Marriage". Thanks Amy! ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2009-07-02: 00:00:01
Today's definition is inspired by the "Joy of Incompatible Behaviors". It's Amy Sutherland's secret weapon for dealing with people who have annoying habits which they can't seem to control. The secret is not to try to stop them, but rather get them on another track. See: "What Shamu Taught me About Life, Love and Marriage". Thanks Amy! ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2010-07-22: 01:14:00
Today's definition was suggested by amysutherland. Thank you amysutherland. ~ James