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DEFINITION: n. Strange sounds that keep you awake in the middle of the night. v. To lie in bed unable to sleep because you keep hearing weird sounds.

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Snoranara

Created by: rombus

Pronunciation: snor - ah - nar - ah

Sentence: Martin had to say snoranara to his sleep these days. Once the baby was born, Mayra was up several times a night and there were so many new sounds that kept him awake....

Etymology: sayonara (adieu, adios, goodbye), snore (breathe noisily during sleep)

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Insomniyack

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: in-som-nee-yak

Sentence: Tonight Joyce is an insomniac. Her boyfriend is having his weekly poker game with his buds. While they insomniyack in the other room she lays in bed, staring at the ceiling trying to not listen.

Etymology: insomniac (a person with an inability to sleep soundly) + yack (to talk, to chatter)

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Dinsomniac

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: din som nee ak

Sentence: Since moving into her dream home, Jody had become a dinsomniac. Each night, although exhausted, she was kept awake by strange sounds. The moment she'd start to drift off, some strange new noise would bring her back to full alertness. Wait till I get ahold of that realtor, she'd think to herself. These noises were never heard in the light of day, but just when she tried to sleep at night. Sometimes she thought she shared the house with many others, instead of living solo. She could hear animal noises, voices, wierd mechanical sounds, scratching and groaning. Since she moved in last week, she had never had a sound sleep and it was starting to take its toll. Yes, she thought, I am going to call that realtor right now and find out more about this place. She looked through the papers from the house purchase and found the agency number. Yes, here it was, Amityville Realtors.

Etymology: din (the act of making a noisy disturbance, continued distracting noise) & insomniac (someone who cannot sleep or experiencing or accompanied by sleeplessness)

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COMMENTS:

Well, our words definitely go together, but I loved your story — great ending! - Tigger, 2008-05-12: 02:39:00

din somebudy else get this? (snigger) - galwaywegian, 2008-05-12: 05:39:00

petaj Is a dipsomniac someone who steals away in the night? - petaj, 2008-05-12: 06:39:00

whats the difference between a dipsomniac and a ginsomniac? - galwaywegian, 2008-05-12: 09:13:00

10 OR 20 DRINKS???? - Nosila, 2008-05-12: 20:57:00

Cleverly blended! - OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-13: 07:27:00

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Insomniyaketyyak

Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: in/som/ni/yaketee/yak

Sentence: Sally couldn't get any sleep because her partner talked constantly. She was a victim of insomniyaketyyak

Etymology: insomniac + yakety yak

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Nocturnemissions

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: nok-term-eh-NAY-shuns

Sentence: A worry wart and easily frightened, Wanda often lost lots of sleep due to the seemingly neverending unidentifiable nocturnemissions that resounded from the walls and from unknown sources from outside her bedroom window.

Etymology: Blend of nocturnal and emissions

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Great word! - splendiction, 2009-06-24: 19:19:00

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Soundawake

Created by: TJayzz

Pronunciation: Sownd-a-wayk

Sentence: No wonder Mary was soundawake, it as all her own fault for hearing spooky noises in the middle of the night. She vowed never to watch horror films when she was alone ever again.

Etymology: Sound (Virbrations sensed by the ear) Awake (Not asleep, past-awoken) Opposite of sound asleep

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COMMENTS:

I liked this one. The only problem - if you don't immdiately catch the underlying connection to 'sound-asleep' it seems like an overly-simple response to the definition, (i.e. it may seem, at first, like you picked 2 words from the definition and stuck them together). Gets my vote though, for the clever double-meaning wordplay. - Tigger, 2008-05-13: 01:21:00

How true! Reminds me of a fairly recent film, "Eyes Wide Shut". Excellent word! - OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-13: 07:19:00

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Insomnoises

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: in som noy zes

Sentence: Morphea Wakemore had moved into her first new house recently. She loved the location, the layout and features of the new place. It was an older home, with a colorful past, but it gave her the character she wanted. Everything was perfect except for the insomnoises. She might drop off at her regular bedtime, but every night at 2:45 am the sounds started. Creepy, strange and eerie noises that kept her awake for the rest of the night. When she checked with her realtor, she was assured this was a common complaint in her new home town of Amityville.

Etymology: Insomnia (an inability to sleep; chronic sleeplessness)& Noises (sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)

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Creepualize

Created by: Stevenson0

Pronunciation: creep/oo/uh/eyes

Sentence: Lying awake in the middle of the night, sometimes my mind wanders and I creepualize myself into hysterics with any unusual sounds.

Etymology: creep oneself out + visualize

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COMMENTS:

Good one. - Mustang, 2009-06-25: 01:19:00

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Slumberrupt

Created by: Rutilus

Pronunciation: Slum-ber-rup-t

Sentence: The annoying drip drip drip of that loose tap had left Kelly slumberrupted for days. Was it really that difficult to find a decent plumber in this town?!

Etymology: Slumber - sleep; interrupt - to stop/delay

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COMMENTS:

Excellent! - Mustang, 2008-05-12: 23:09:00

Yep, good word! - OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-13: 07:24:00

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Creepsitation

mrskellyscl

Created by: mrskellyscl

Pronunciation: creeps-i-ta-tion

Sentence: Sue endured several long nights of creepsitation until she discovered that the dog had found a bag of corn chips and was eating them under the bed.

Etymology: creeps: a sensation of fear or repugnance as if your skin was crawling + crepitation: snapping or crackling noises

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Creepualize

Created by: Stevenson0

Pronunciation: creep/oo/uh/eyes

Sentence: Lying awake in the middle of the night, sometimes my mind wanders and I creepualize myself into hysterics with any unusual sounds.

Etymology: creep oneself out + visualize

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Insomniaudio

Created by: stache

Pronunciation: ĭn-sŏm'nē-ô'dē-ō'

Sentence: The irregular tapping of the branch of the old oak on the bedroom window became the insomniaudio, the percussion soundtrack of Beth's sleepless, windy Wednesday night.

Etymology: ins, var. of innies, type of belly button (see 'outies'); Omni, 1. science and space periodical, 2. former compact hatchback manufactured by the Dodge division of the pre-Benz Chrysler Corp, also released as the Plymouth Horizon; Audi, German manufacturer of, among other models, the A8 and TT; o, nil or zero.

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I like the sound of your word - Jabberwocky, 2008-05-12: 13:52:00

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Heffabump

youmustvotenato

Created by: youmustvotenato

Pronunciation: heff-a-bump

Sentence: I could hear the heffabumps made by the heffalumps, shuffling in my closet.

Etymology: heffalump, a mystical creature. Bump, a sound usually made in the night.

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Bumpfright

Created by: abrakadeborah

Pronunciation: bump-frite

Sentence: Somania was frozen with fear and unable to sleep with the constant bumpfright all through the night.

Etymology: Bump- A knocking sound in the middle of the night. Fright- To be afraid...very afraid and can't move. ;)

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Dinsomnia

Created by: Tigger

Pronunciation: /din-SOM-nee-uh/

Sentence: Lying in bed and staring toward the ceiling, Michelle sighed again, kept awake by the dinsomnia that had plagued her every night this week. There were the 'creekity-creeks' that Jack had explained were just the roof beams contracting in the cooler evenings, the 'tick, tick, tick, hiss' of the hot water pipes, the faint 'thump, thump, thump' of the refrigerator in the kitchen, and the 'drip, drip' of the leaky bathroom faucet. But what on earth was that 'clankety, clank' noise that sounded like it was coming from the attic? It didn't fit in with the familiar nighttime rhythm, and Michelle winced every time she heard it.

Etymology: Din - sound with clamor or persistent repetition (from Old English, dyne "loud noise") + Insomnia - an inability to sleep; chronic sleeplessness (Latin, insomnia "want of sleep" from in- "not" + somnus "sleep")

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COMMENTS:

Great minds think alike...? Or is it fools seldom differ???? - Nosila, 2008-05-12: 02:13:00

So the saying goes, but to our mutual credit, I'd like to think that I'm a unique sort of fool. You decide. - Tigger, 2008-05-12: 02:37:00

had to give you a vote each in the interests of fairness. - galwaywegian, 2008-05-12: 12:00:00

Too kind, galwaywegian, thanks! - Nosila, 2008-05-12: 19:26:00

Clever blend! - OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-13: 07:26:00

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Nocturnemanations

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: nock - tern - em - uh - NAY - shuns

Sentence: The nocturnemanations that continuously emitted from the walls, the outdoors, the attic and unseen places kept Gladys on edge thru the night and made sleep impossible.

Etymology: Blend of nocturnal and emanations.

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a bit of a tongue twister but nice blend - Jabberwocky, 2008-05-12: 13:55:00

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Audionocturn

Created by: pieceof314

Pronunciation: aw-dee-oh-nok-tern

Sentence: Jen stared at the spot on the wall directly above her head where the spider was half an hour ago. She became rigid each time she heard the creaking of the house as it contracted in the cool night air. The shades gently moved back and forth in the draft of the window sills. She was paralized by the audionocturnic noise that the old house emitted as the night wore on.

Etymology: audio, sound + nocturnal, of the night

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Have had nights like those... - Nosila, 2008-05-12: 19:24:00

Interesting! - OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-13: 07:23:00

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Creakese

Created by: arrrteest

Pronunciation: creek - eez

Sentence: The house was speaking its creepy creakease with all its settling and contracting in the night. Wide-eyed and drowsily alert maggie lie in bed imagining ghosts and gobblins milling about.

Etymology: creak, sound of a rusty gate or noisy floorboards + ese, of a language

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Earitation

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: i(ə)ritāshən

Sentence: Nobody can explain why George\'s old house makes such strange noises. Sometimes it sounds like a cat caught in a trap, sometimes like somebody whispering. Whatever it is the earitation is enough to keep him awake all too many nights.

Etymology: ear (an organ sensitive to sound) + irritation (the state of feeling annoyed, impatient, or angry)

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eary word! - Nosila, 2010-07-14: 00:02:00

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Dissomnance

petaj

Created by: petaj

Pronunciation: diss-som-nance

Sentence: Valda thought her inability to sleep was just a temporary case of dissomnance during the windy weather, but in fact she had been turned into a vampire. She would never sleep at night ever again.

Etymology: dis- (against/opposite) + somn- (sleep) + sonance (sound) + dissonance (unpleasant sound)

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perfect for the cartoon - Jabberwocky, 2008-05-12: 13:54:00

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Imagounds

Moonstar

Created by: Moonstar

Pronunciation: Image-ounds

Sentence: Vicky lie awake, staring up[ at the ceiling, eyes wide. Her breathing quickend as even more imagounds entered the room. There was a small thump, a squeak, a creak, a skitter. What was that!? Could it be....Yes, yes it was! The sound of a heartbeat, a HUMAN heartbeat! She sat up straight in bed, her hand on the knife she had kept stored beneath her pillow, ready to strike-but there was no one there.

Etymology: Imagined, as in the act of imagining, + Sounds, as in noises.

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Poe-etic tense to it! - Nosila, 2010-07-13: 23:59:00

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Settlementalbreakdown

Created by: bookowl

Pronunciation: settle/mental/brake/down

Sentence: The persistent creaking as the house settled farther into the ground resulted in Mac suffering a settlementalbreakdown.

Etymology: settle + mental breakdown

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Noxomatopoeia

Created by: OZZIEBOB

Pronunciation: nokso-mat-uh-PEE-uh

Sentence: "What was that? A loose floor board? Is someone's downstairs? Did I lock the back door? Is there someone on the stairs?" With every strange sound my fear grows. My mind exaggerates the dangers of the noises of the night; I hear dust bouncing on the carpet, and spiders weaving cable-sized webs. Elephant-eared, heart-racing, and stock still, I lie awake in fear of who and what is lurking. Out of the silence, my already fragile peace of mind is further shaken by the creaking groans of the aging house's arthritic joints. Slowly, quietness returns; my eyes close; suddenly my tranquility is broken by Roxie, "Here's your tea and toast, love." Relieved to awake alive, I chat along. " Helluva noise in the street, last night." "Oh, was there!" she replies, "I slept like a babe; didn't hear a thing. Must have been your noxomatopoeia, again".

Etymology: Blend of L. NOCT, NOX: night & ONOMATOPOEIA: formation of a word, such as clink, creak, ping by imitation of a sound made by or associated with its referent.

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nice formation - Jabberwocky, 2008-05-12: 13:53:00

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Nocturnemanations

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: nok-tern-em-eh-NAY-shuns

Sentence: The nocturnemanations that continuously emitted from the walls, the outdoors, the attic and unseen places kept Gladys on edge thru the night and made sleep impossible

Etymology: Blend of nocturnal (during the night) and emanations (. Something that issues from a source; an emission)

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Audiogrex

metrohumanx

Created by: metrohumanx

Pronunciation: aww-DEE-oh-GRR-ECKS

Sentence: Her home it was haunted- of that she was sure. It creaked as it settled-she could not endure. Acoustically creepy with many defects… Madness assured by AUDIOGRE X !

Etymology: AUDIo+OGRE+X= AUDIOGRE X.....AUDIO: of or relating to sound,of or relating to acoustic, mechanical, or electrical frequencies corresponding to normally audible sound waves; Date: 1916 .....OGRE: a dreaded person or object, a hideous giant of fairy tales and folklore that feeds on human beings; French, probably ultimately from Latin Orcus, god of the underworld.....X: an unknown quantity; Usage: often capitalized often attributive Date: before 12th century.

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COMMENTS:

metrohumanx http://www.pacifier.com/~dkossy/kooksmus.html - metrohumanx, 2009-06-24: 00:58:00

metrohumanx WELCOME TO THE FREEZE-DRIED KOOKS MUSEUM. Open for all time and eternity, ceaseless, all-knowing and unchanging. - metrohumanx, 2009-06-24: 00:59:00

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Knockturnalnozees

Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: nok/tur/nal/no/zees

Sentence: Once again I stumbled out of bed, blurry eyed and sleepless after all the racket from the knockturnalnozees.

Etymology: nocturnal + noise + knock + no zzzs

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Clever blend. Great verboticism - Mustang, 2008-05-12: 23:08:00

Covers the whole gamut. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-13: 07:20:00

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Nighthowl

Created by: jrogan

Pronunciation: night-howl

Sentence: Jennifer couldn't sleep because of the nighthowls coming from her neighbour's bedroom window

Etymology: night+ howl

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Durping

Created by: illwordthat

Pronunciation: durp-ing

Sentence: "Honey I was durping last night...are you sure you wore your nose patch?"

Etymology: Slurping-sleeping-drippin-surfing

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Nice!!! - illwordthat, 2008-05-12: 00:54:00

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Nocturnacoustics

Created by: splendiction

Pronunciation: knock turn a COOS tics

Sentence: “CREEEeee-k”. Bethany stirred, unable to sleep with the nocturnacoustics scattering in her small room of the rooming house. The house was over 100 years old! Of course it would generate it’s own nighttime clamour, what with it’s original plumbing, wood flooring and coal furnace. She’d have to get earplugs.

Etymology: From nocturnal and acoustics.

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great word!! - mweinmann, 2009-06-24: 22:48:00

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Santawake

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: santəwāk

Sentence: Twas the night before Christmas and Julie is completely Santawake. Every sound she hears, from squeaks of an old house to her cat knocking ornaments off the tree, make her think that Santa has arrived. What’s worse is that she jumps every time she hears something waking her husband.

Etymology: Santa (an imaginary figure said to bring presents for children on Christmas) + awake (sleeping)

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Insoundmia

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: in saond meea

Sentence: Bella was having trouble falling into the arms of Morpheus, because she could hear every little creak and groan in the old house. When this insoundmia finally abated, she fell into a fitful sleep and dreamt bizarre dreams of her being up at the bat at the Breaking Dawn.

Etymology: Insomnia (sleeplessness) & Sound (auditory noise)

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Oddiability

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: odd ee abil it ee

Sentence: Diurna woke up every morning absolutely drained. Just after she drifted off each evening, she experienced oddiability, that sense she heard weird noises that set her imagination into overdrive. The sensation also left her with the remnants of strange dreams. Casey at the bat, waiting for the vampire's ruling on a play, flying mice...

Etymology: Odd ( not easily explained;beyond or deviating from the usual or expected) & Ability ( possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done) & Audible (heard or perceptible by the ear)

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Qoise

Kallystie

Created by: Kallystie

Pronunciation: kwoy-ze

Sentence: I was laying in bed, unable to fall asleep, when all of a sudden I heard a noise. The noise was odd...something I had never heard before. I nudged my boyfriend and asked, "Did you hear that qoise?" He mumbled something unintellilgable, rolled over, and fell back asleep. I was left to ponder what that qoise was.

Etymology: Qoise is that combination of the word questionable and noise.

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Cacoffiny

Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: ka kofff in eeeeee

Sentence: The cacoffiny continued with the creaking hinge noise followed by the floorboard creaking noise and the strangest musty smell........

Etymology: cacophony coffin

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ok...I'm now sppoked! - Nosila, 2010-07-14: 00:00:00

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Insominous

mrskellyscl

Created by: mrskellyscl

Pronunciation: in-som-i-nus

Sentence: Mary became insominous after she moved into her new apartment and heard the creepy noises. It was especially alarming when the Paranormal Society asked to film an episode of "Ghost Hunters" in her bedroom.

Etymology: insomnia: an inability to fall asleep or remain asleep + ominous: a frightening awareness of danger, an evil portent

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good word! - splendiction, 2009-06-24: 19:23:00

Very good! - Mustang, 2009-06-25: 01:18:00

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Nighterroar

Created by: bookowl

Pronunciation: night/terror

Sentence: Nighterroar occurs when ordinary household noises take on an eerie roar during the night.

Etymology: night terror + roar

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Hillaryhead

Created by: looseball

Pronunciation:

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Noisezzzs

Created by: mweinmann

Pronunciation: noi - zeezs

Sentence: Jeremy was woken by the creepy noisezzzs in the old Jameson house. It was his first night there and were rumors that the 18th century mansion was haunted had circulated for years.

Etymology: noises, zzzs

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Best word today! - splendiction, 2009-06-24: 19:21:00

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Apprehensound

Created by: rebelvin

Pronunciation: APPREHENsion+SOUND

Sentence: Just when you want to sleep, especially if you are alone, the apprehensounding begins, and you have to account for them all before you can relax.

Etymology: APPREHENsion+SOUND

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Threeoclick

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: Thrēōklik

Sentence: When he inherited his uncle's house Tom didn't know he had also inherited a threeoclick. At precisely 3 o'clock every night, the house would emit a distinct clicking sound. It only lasts a few seconds but is quite enough to wake him. Despite his best his best efforts he cannot find its source. The next click you hear may be Tom's mind snapping.

Etymology: 3 o'clock (an un-goddly hour) + click (a short, sharp sound as of a switch being operated or of two hard objects coming quickly into contact)

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good one - Jabberwocky, 2009-06-24: 15:04:00

very clever - splendiction, 2009-06-24: 19:20:00

clever word....made me laugh...describes it exactly - mweinmann, 2009-06-24: 22:49:00

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Cacoffiny

Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: kak off inn eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Sentence: That creaking cacoffiny coming from the attic, allied to the movement of the curtains on the hermetically sealed window led the countess to feel the need to account for the death of her husband. Unaccountably her countenance grew troubled.

Etymology: cacophony, coffin.

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Eerily good! - Tigger, 2008-05-13: 01:24:00

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Knockturnals

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: nok turn als

Sentence: When Velma went to bed that night, she awoke later to strange noises. At about three a.m. she could hear the knockturnals very clearly. Although scared, she finally got up and crept towards the sound. That's when she discovered that her cat, Tomahawk, had learned how to rap on the back door to get back in, rather than trying to squeeze his massive body through the cat flap. Oh well, she thought it was better than him learning how to use the doorbell...

Etymology: Knock (make light, repeated taps on a surface) & Nocturnal (at night)

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Nightbumps

Created by: ErWenn

Pronunciation: /ˈnaɪtˌbʌmps/

Sentence: We decided that the poltergeist haunting our house must be either blind or clumsy when the nightbumps started sounding more like night-bump-ow-crash-$#!+s.

Etymology: from "things that go bump in the night"

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