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'You can't put paper towels in the paper recycling!!'

DEFINITION: n. Anxiety created by an inability to understand or follow the regulations for recycling, composting and garbage collection. v. To feel confused and conflicted because you produce too much garbage and don't know how to get rid of it.

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Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: il lit ter as see

Sentence: Betty & Bob both suffered from illitteracy. They still could not figure out what was recyclable, compostable or just plain trash. They even tried joining Waste Watchers. This confusion was further added to by their garbage collectors, who were moody jokers. Sometimes they would take away the stuff, sometimes not. After all Bob & Betty's efforts and research on the Web about environmental responsibility, imagine their surprise if they found out that their town just dumped it all in the same landfill anyway!

Etymology: Ill (sick from; distressing; a cause for complaining ) & Iliteracy (an inability to read;ignorance resulting from not reading) & Litter (garbage, refuse, trash, especially that left in public places)

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Created by: picabomama

Pronunciation: ee/co/guilt

Sentence: Despite using cloth diapers and cloth napkins and cedar cat litter, Kelly's ecoguilt could not be soothed. When she began making art out of toilet paper tubes, her husband decided it was time for an intervention.

Etymology: eco- shorthand for ecology + guilt- the terrible feeling that you are somehow failing


Great sentence. Right on the definition! Outstanding! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-25: 11:08:00


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Created by: Kennecticut




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Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: dis/com/post/yur

Sentence: I hurried down the street with my sunglasses on, listening to my ipod, so that none of the neighbours would notice my discomposture after I had hastily stashed a plastic muffin tray in the recycling bin. It did have a recyling symbol on it but I wasn't sure if the number was acceptable or not.

Etymology: discomposure + compost + dis (as in disrespect)


Oh, how I love compost! Wish there was a song about it. Good word! - purpleartichokes, 2008-03-25: 12:45:00

With originality you have captured the meaning and feeling in the definition again ... with wit and humor thrown in! Outstanding! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-25: 13:28:00

After reading your sentence, I had to google "recycling number" to understand what you are talking about here. Maybe it's because I'm an American, or maybe it's because I live in the middle of the United States (and not on a coast) but I admit I had no earthly idea that there were numbers on recyclables. Alas, we have no curb-side recyclables on my street. - doseydotes, 2008-03-25: 14:19:00

Okay, stache just privately pointed out that there IS, in fact, curbside recycling on my street, and he expressed surprise that I did not know about recycling numbers. I, apparently, am a recylidiot. Or an ecolodork. Or . . . you fill it in. - doseydotes, 2008-03-25: 15:26:00

wow - I think James might have (quite litter/ally)saved a little part of the planet today by choosing such a green definition. No more recylaments doseydotes. - Jabberwocky, 2008-03-25: 15:44:00

I'll be calling the City first thing tomorrow morning to ask for a bin. I'm . . . so . . . ashamed. - doseydotes, 2008-03-25: 17:54:00

Ashaamed, nay! I once thought that the triangular-shaped chasing arrows meant Danger! Crushing this plastic container may cause serious arrow-like injury. - purpleartichokes, 2008-03-25: 19:08:00

Great word - OZZIEBOB, 2008-03-25: 20:07:00

Clever creations — love it! - Tigger, 2008-03-25: 23:30:00


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Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: rub bish full think ing

Sentence: Howard and Lisa's mere one bag of trash on the curb awaiting pick-up, after Christmas, was shear rubbishful thinking. The other fourteen bags were neatly piled up in the back yard to be placed out each week, one at a time. They would feel less like abusers. That is until the family of raccoons got ahold of the pile one moonlit night!

Etymology: Rubbish (garbage, trash) & Thinking (using one's brain) & Wishful Thinking (dreaming something would be or happen)


Great Create! Rubbishfulthinking - hoping it will go away! - silveryaspen, 2009-01-15: 12:40:00

terrific - Jabberwocky, 2009-01-15: 13:20:00


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Created by: toadstool57

Pronunciation: bIO-bE-fud-dull-ment

Sentence: Jill is scared to approach the recycle and compost bins, experiencing bouts of biobefuddlement, shaking and sweating as she tries to pick the bin to toss her trash.

Etymology: biodegradable/befuddlement,as in confused


Two big B's blended, so I buzzed by to say nice etymology. Meaning full verboticism. Good word! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-25: 13:41:00


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Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: all lit ter ay shun

Sentence: Al & Alice allegedly allowed allitteration anxiety at all angles affect an attitude attack at acquiring any absolute atonement.

Etymology: Alliteration (use of the same consonant at the beginning of each stressed syllable in a line of verse) & All Litter (all garbage) & Shun (avoid and stay away from deliberately; stay clear of)

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Created by: CanadianAndyCapp

Pronunciation: Bi-oh-B-U-row-krap-ang-st

Sentence: It was only a matter of time before the red-tape brigade infiltrated the simple matter of reducing the amount of garbage we produce by creating a plethora of regulations and restrictions that only serve to confuse matters and create a sense of Biobearocrapangst amongst the Yuppie "green" cult.

Etymology: Bio- (Derived from nature) / Beauro- (Derived from beaurocratic, useless or wasted effort) / Crap - (See Beaurocratic) / Angst - (The result of Beaurocratic)


Super sentence, etymology and verboticism. Great humor. Evokes a mind picture of almost being buried in wasted paper from the beaurocraps. Superduper! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-25: 13:53:00

Song of the day: Wasted Days and Wasted Nights! (wink/chuckles) - silveryaspen, 2008-03-25: 13:54:00


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Created by: purpleartichokes

Pronunciation: bee-swill-dur-ment

Sentence: Approaching the recycling containers, plastic bottle in hand, Sue was overcome with anxiety, trashabash, and beswillderment. Could her #3 bottle even be recycled?

Etymology: bewilderment, swill


Simply Suberb! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-25: 11:03:00

very funny - Jabberwocky, 2008-03-25: 11:37:00

I like it! - OZZIEBOB, 2008-03-25: 20:08:00


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Created by: Jamagra

Pronunciation: post/con/soom/er/puh/ral'/uh/sis

Sentence: Standing before the five bins with a laundry basket containing 15 pounds of recyclables, Jillian realized that overnight her mild case of "sorter's block" had become raging "postconsumer paralysis".

Etymology: postconsumer waste (packaging left after the goods inside have been used) + paralysis (a state of helpless inablility to act)


Nicely describes the definition!! - purpleartichokes, 2008-03-25: 12:47:00

Your sentence and verboticism also evoke the feeling/anxiety in the definition exceptionally well! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-25: 12:56:00

There a lot of long verboticisms today. Kudos for the longest! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-25: 13:58:00


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Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2008-03-25: 00:01:00
Today's definition was suggested by remistram. Thank you remistram. ~ James

stache - 2008-03-25: 02:10:00
I love the "IDEAS" bin.

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2008-03-25: 05:32:00
Thanks stache. That's the bin where I put out my old ideas for recycling. ~ James

Jamagra - 2008-03-25: 08:07:00
James... maybe you could recycle those ideas my way? Love the cartoon and the word, but today... I got nothin'.

Jamagra - 2008-03-25: 09:10:00
Oh! Thought of something. I'm good now!

remistram - 2008-03-25: 10:23:00
got our massive bin last week...process is a bit more streamlined, am happy now!

purpleartichokes - 2008-03-25: 11:15:00
Lucky you, remi... our community recycling consists of loading the stuff up in your car and taking it to the recycling center on one of the few days/hours that they happen to be open. Sucks. I did get a FREE compost bin from our state env. protection folks. $80 value. My mother (and only my mother) is so proud!

My Rottin' Poem

I love my compost pile!
It thrills me to the bone
To think that all that wilted slop
Will enhance the crops I've grown!

I garden with a passion,
And I compost with a zeal.
I collect the coffee grounds at work
And cherish every peel.

In my cellar I compost in winter
Much to my son's dismay.
Though sweet to me, the smell can chase
Unwanted guests away.

My pile in the summer
Is a another sad slop story.
The dog next door gulps the gourmet treat,
Then regurgitates... quite gory.

The peels get strewn about my lawn
By some midnight compost thief.
I try to promptly pick up the stuff,
Before the neighbors give me grief.

The egg-shells never make it
To calcify my plants.
The birds steal most of the precious shards
Or they get toted off by ants.

My composting efforts without a bin
Have been daunting, to say the least.
By the time the stuff finally starts to rot,
It gets eaten by some beast.

So you see, kind folks at DEP
Why it's for a bin I pray.
If I can clean up my compost act,
The neighbors might let me stay!

silveryaspen - 2008-03-25: 13:09:00
Funtastic rhyme and reasoning!

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2008-03-25: 16:22:00
Hey purple, I figured you loved vegetables, and guessed you were a dedicated composter, but composting in your basement??? Yikes!! Maybe that's why your shower curtain is covered in mildew. ~ James

Jamagra - 2008-03-25: 17:25:00
Purple, I am very proud of you too! You grow, girl!

purpleartichokes - 2008-03-25: 18:21:00
Um, yeah, I actually did compost in the basement in a garbage can. Apparently, I didn't add enough "browns" to the mix, cuz when I dumped it in the spring, the neighborhood smelled like a cesspool for days. ...oops. Thanks Jamagra! I'm gonna try my hand at a giant punkin this year! James - thanks for the idea. I bet that shower curtain junk would compost nicely!

arrrteest - 2008-03-25: 18:37:00
Great poem, too! I used to have a worm composting bin. At least the kids thought it was cool.

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2010-06-01: 00:31:00
Today's definition was suggested by remistram. Thank you remistram. ~ James

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