Vote for the best verboticism.

'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.

Create | Read

Verboticisms

Click on each verboticism to read the sentences created by the Verbotomy writers, and to see your voting options...

You have two votes. Click on the words to read the details, then vote your favorite.

Haltitasking

artr

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)

----------------------------
COMMENTS:

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

----------------------------

Vote For | Comments and Points

Slyversionary

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: sly ver shun ary

Sentence: Sandra kept Simon's activities on a short leash. Whenever he wanted to do something she did not approve of, she would create a slyversionary attack. For instance, major sporting events on television were missed because that darn tv "acted up again" or "the cable was out". How could he join his buddies hunting when his rifle and hunting license were not to be found anywhere? You get the picture, but Simon failed to notice the coincidence of these events.

Etymology: Sly (marked by skill in deception) & Diversionary (an attack calculated to draw enemy defense away from the point of the principal attack;a tactic that diverts attention)

----------------------------
COMMENTS:

the best word today! Very sly! - splendiction, 2009-07-02: 21:21:00

----------------------------

Vote For | Comments and Points

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"

----------------------------
COMMENTS:

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

----------------------------

Vote For | Comments and Points

Dimswitch

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: dimswich

Sentence: Jill’s boyfriend Donny is not the sharpest tool on the bench. If he starts to perform embarrassing bar tricks at a party she employs her patented dimswitch technique, a.k.a. the ooh-look-a-shiny-thing tactic. It never fails.

Etymology: dim (not bright) + switch (change the position, direction, or focus of)

Vote For | Comments and Points

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

----------------------------
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

----------------------------

Vote For | Comments and Points

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")

----------------------------
COMMENTS:

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

----------------------------

Vote For | Comments and Points

Cullduggery

Created by: OZZIEBOB

Pronunciation: kuhl-DUHG_uh-ree

Sentence: Roxie disrailed any of Bob's less- than-desirable activities through a strict program of cullduggery.

Etymology: CULL: Something picked out and put aside or removed as unrequired; SKULLDUGGERY:Instance(s) of less than desirable behaviour. Deception, dishonesty, trickery.

----------------------------
COMMENTS:

very clever - Jabberwocky, 2008-05-22: 13:34:00

Cullever word, Bob! - Nosila, 2008-05-22: 20:41:00

----------------------------

Vote For | Comments and Points

Subterguile

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: SUB - ter - gile

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

Etymology: Blend of 'subterfuge' (A deceptive stratagem or device) and 'guile' (deceitful cunning)

Vote For | Comments and Points

Incompaticake

Created by: diyan627

Pronunciation: in cum pat eee cayk

Sentence: Barry is so dense...Nina plays incompaticake with him all the time to get him to stop doing things she doesn't like.

Etymology: incompatible + patty cake (game that would entertain a nearly primordial person :) The funny thing is, this is a real definition out there in Behavior Analysis Academia.. The real term for the technique is called Differential Reinforcement of Incompatible behaviors (DRI)

----------------------------
COMMENTS:

wonderful etymology - Jabberwocky, 2008-05-22: 13:38:00

Is incompaticake the same as wedding -cake? - OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-22: 18:53:00

----------------------------

Vote For | Comments and Points

Flikker

Created by: josje

Pronunciation: flikker

Sentence: stop this you flikker

Etymology: fucker and licker, witch you can't do in the same time.!!!!

Vote For | Comments and Points

Show All or More...

 

Comments:

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