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Foibility

mrskellyscl

Created by: mrskellyscl

Pronunciation: foy-bil-la-tee

Sentence: Danny's big nose and squeaky voice was his greatest foibility in his career as a television clown. When he was little, all the kids teased him, but when he became a famous Bozo, all the kids loved him.

Etymology: foible: minor weakness or failing of character; an idiocyncracy + ability: a natural or acquired talent

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Babblon

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: babəlän

Sentence: Little Johnny Madden was a slow learner. He didn’t speak in full sentences til long after his play pals but once he started there was no stopping him. He seemed to revel in the sound of his own voice. His mother’s favorite word was ”Hush!”. Little did anybody realize that he could parlay this annoying trait into a career adding ”color” to the commentary of football sportscasters. He would travel from city to city to do his job. Every city he visited would become the new city of Babblon.

Etymology: babble (talk rapidly and continuously in a foolish, excited, or incomprehensible way) + on - A play on Babylon

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Profective

Lapper

Created by: Lapper

Pronunciation: pro-FEKT-ihv

Sentence: John was found to be quite profective when his lack of heart permitted him to be one of the country's top assassins.

Etymology: The prefix "pro-" and "defective".

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Bonusneurosis

Created by: remistram

Pronunciation: bo-nuss-nerr-os-iss

Sentence: Viv discovered that her bonusneurosis actually enhanced her standing in the company....numbering all the photocopy paper saved the office money, which in turn led to her promotion.

Etymology: bonus (as in free gift, or reward) + neurosis (a relatively mild personality disorder typified by excessive anxiety or indecision and a degree of social or interpersonal maladjustment)

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Impairmight

Created by: splendiction

Pronunciation: IM pair might

Sentence: Beatta shrieked excitedly, “you mean I can keep everything as clean as I want? Including my hands?” Her impairment would become her impairmight, as long as she agreed to wear gloves.

Etymology: From: impairment and might.

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Faultility

Created by: Clayton

Pronunciation: fawl-TIL-i-tee

Sentence: Madeline's faultility was her incessant nose-blowing. Her husband thought of divorcing her, but she was such an amazing duck call.

Etymology: fault + utility

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Flairure

Created by: fadedeidolon

Pronunciation:

Sentence:

Etymology: flair, failure

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Benifit

Created by: Osomatic

Pronunciation: ben + ih + fit

Sentence: My epilepsy gets me a lot of work in industrial blending applications, so it's turned out to be a benifit.

Etymology: bene + fit (only I spelled it with an "i" instead of the second e, to distinguish it from the original word).

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Dumbskill

Created by: jrogan

Pronunciation: dum-skil

Sentence: In person, everyone thought Annie was a complete numskull. She was always chattering about whatever was on her mind, which was not too much. (She had the attention span of a gnat, and an addiction to celebrity gossip.) It was a dumbskill that she made the most of on twitter, where she had 1000 followers.

Etymology: dumbskull + skill

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COMMENTS:

They say, in order to 'keep ahead of the game' and 'to remain relevent in the workplace' workers should dumbskill every 5 years. - scrabbelicious, 2009-07-31: 11:41:00

The dumber the better... - jrogan, 2009-07-31: 12:35:00

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Handycap

Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: han dee kap

Sentence: at the Outside the Box employment agency they help change a handicap to a handycap, one person's OCD sufferer is another person's cleaner/office manager/proof reader.

Etymology: handicap, handy

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COMMENTS:

love it - remistram, 2007-06-25: 14:37:00

Voted! - Clayton, 2007-06-25: 21:15:00

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Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-06-25: 02:24:00
This is a Verbotomy Classic -- one of our favorites from the past. If you have already created a word for this definition, and want to try a new challenge try our new Verbotomy Text. ~ James

purpleartichokes - 2007-06-25: 11:55:00
Hey James, the Show All view doesn't show all. I like the Daily Stats better.

purpleartichokes - 2007-06-25: 12:04:00
Points aren't working either. I got 8. Did a word, pronunciation, etymology, and voted.

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-06-25: 13:12:00
Show all is working now. I'm working on the scoring. ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-06-25: 23:58:00
The score is now updated properly ~ James

wordmeister - 2007-06-29: 00:39:00
good

jrogan - 2009-07-31: 10:16:00
It was hard to write a sentence for this one...

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'You mean, it's okay if I'm a totally obsessive-compulsive neat freak?'

DEFINITION: v. To suddenly discover that your most troublesome personality defect, for which you have been taking medication and/or therapy, is actually your greatest asset. n. A perceived weakness which is actually a strength.

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