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'My boyfriend disappeared in the laundry!'

DEFINITION: n., 1. The process by which pairs of socks are washed, dried, and then separated perhaps never to be reunited again. 2. The place where lost socks disappear to. v. To lose your mate in the wash.

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Created by: gemmgemms

Pronunciation: foo-ta-gar-mehnt-land

Sentence: "Ya" said the pair of tighty whities,"I've been to footgarmentland, once I got lost in there it was up to my wearer to find me in that cramped space." "Hey, fancy that. We're still here!"

Etymology: foot+garment:piece of clothing+land

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Created by: libertybelle

Pronunciation: sock-a-tour-ee

Sentence: Steven looked down at his mismatched feet knowing that now all his pairs of socks had a mate go on to sockatory some time after the rinse cycle, never to be found again. He wondered if it was all a conspiracy dreamed up by the fruit guys at Fruit of the Loom as he headed out to the store to buy more socks.

Etymology: purgatory + sock


Love your conspiracy theory. - Tigger, 2008-01-10: 03:17:00

Nice word! - OZZIEBOB, 2008-01-10: 16:53:00

silveryaspen - 2008-01-11: 13:57:00 Reminds me of the old Laugh-In expression ... "sock it to me" ... which sockatory did for me! - silveryaspen, 2008-01-11: 14:02:00


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Created by: OZZIEBOB

Pronunciation: dis-SOK-uh-peyt

Sentence: Oh, sweet mystery of life, where do dahlgrens go when they dissockipate? Perhaps there should be a "duhrection" on socks warning that one will almost certainly "dissockipate!"

Etymology: Blend of SOCK & DISSIPATE: to scatter completely; to disperse & to disappear; used especially, of the dispersion of things that can never again be collected or restored. DAHLGRENS: an expensive brand of socks.


nice - Jabberwocky, 2008-01-09: 10:45:00


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Created by: Tigger

Pronunciation: /dis-sok-soh-see-ay-shun/

Sentence: It's a little known fact that, like radioactive elements, each new pair of socks has a distinct half-life, equal to the number of times they may be laundered before spontaneously decaying into a single sock, by a process known as disocksociation.

Etymology: disassociation - the state of being unconnected (Latin, dis- prefix meaning "apart or asunder" & associātus "joined to") + sock (from Latin, soccus "slipper")


clever! - bananabender, 2008-01-10: 00:18:00


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Created by: paintergrl1313

Pronunciation: Lint-verse

Sentence: My socks disappeared into the lintverse, and my boyfriend thought he found a way to get them back. I haven't seen him since.

Etymology: Lint: That stuff that always appears where your socks should be. Kind of a weird space time continuum thing. Verse: Universe

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Created by: treehous

Pronunciation: \ˈlȯn-dər-ˈlim-(ˌ)bō\ (lawn-der-lim-bo)

Sentence: None of my socks match anymore, they keep vanishing into launderlimbo

Etymology: launder- from Latin lavendaria, pl. of lavandarium "things to be washed" limbo- from Latin (in) limbo "(on) the edge," abl. of limbus "edge, border"

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Created by: Dougalistic

Pronunciation: Sokk-in-hell

Sentence: Where the sockinghell is my other sock? More to the point where has Ben gone!??

Etymology: Used in a derogatory manner without actually cursing. Can be used to describe anything that has gone missing like socks usually do in the wash. Sockinghell is also where your flatmate goes when he says he will be 5 mins in the Kitchen.

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Created by: TJayzz

Pronunciation: Be-lawn-derd-try-ang-el

Sentence: Carla wished that she could solve the mystery of the belaunderedtriangle, but as she sat and looked at the huge pile of odd socks that she had accumulated over the past few months she knew that it was highy unlikely.

Etymology: See Bermuda Triangle(a region of the Northwestern Atlantic Ocean in which mysterious disappearances often occur)


metrohumanx I'll bet Carla caught a lot of static for that... - metrohumanx, 2008-11-06: 11:50:00


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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: nin sīkəl

Sentence: Ruby would dutifully collect pairs of socks. As if on Noah's checklist, they went into the washer two by two. Somewhere during the nincycle one would make its escape. Strangely, the same thing happened when she mentioned laundry to her boyfriend. As though he was a trained ninja, he could disappear for hours without even leaving the apartment.

Etymology: ninja (a person skilled in ninjutsu known for their ability to disappear) + cycle (a series of events that are regularly repeated in the same order) Derivative of "spin cycle"

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Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: hose/taj

Sentence: We have reports of several hosetage situations taking place in a new subdivision where LG washers have been installed. We now believe LG stands for last gasp and several socks have lost their mates to the dreaded spin cycle gang.

Etymology: hose + hostage


metrohumanx Did the Bader-Meinhoff gang use dryers for their balaclavas, of just hang 'em on the line? - metrohumanx, 2008-11-06: 12:11:00

It's time to round them up and wring the truth out of will all come out in the wash! - Nosila, 2008-11-06: 21:56:00


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Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2008-01-09: 00:01:00
Today's definition was suggested by sipsoccer. Thank you sipsoccer. ~ James

silveryaspen - 2008-01-11: 14:48:00
Your humorous definition brought us all a lot of laughs and a lot of fun words were created. Good one, sipsoccer.

silveryaspen - 2008-01-11: 14:54:00
James ... your cartoon for this daffynition has me roaring with laughter every time I look at it. Can't help wondering if you have a daughter with a boyfriend that inspired it ??? !!! It's a good thing there's no such thing as a cannibal dryer! Yet!

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2010-04-06: 00:01:00
Today's definition was suggested by sipsoccer. Thank you sipsoccer. ~ James

GossaMcqueen - 2013-01-16: 19:14:00
please, i made a mistake and posted wrongly - how do i remove my Word?