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DEFINITION: n. The strong feelings of devotion and affection which a person feels towards their favorite mechanical device or appliance, such as a car, boat, power tool, or toilet. v. To lavish a machine with affection, attention and an imagined personality.

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: mōtərdoʊdər

Sentence: Larry is a motordoter. He has a strange attraction to things with engines. He has names for his car, his lawnmower, even his dishwasher. The day he traded in his car he was almost in tears.

Etymology: motor (a machine, esp. one powered by electricity or internal combustion, that supplies motive power for a vehicle or for some other device with moving parts) + doter (be extremely and uncritically fond of)


:) - galwaywegian, 2010-06-03: 06:56:00


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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: inanimōshən

Sentence: Suzy is the light of Bob's life. She fills that void left by the fact that he can't have children of his own. He spends more time with her than he does with his wife. She makes him smile every time he sees her. She fills him with inanemotion. Suzy is Bob's car.

Etymology: inanimate (not alive) + emotion (any of the particular feelings that characterize such a state of mind, such as joy, anger, love, hate, horror, etc.)


metrohumanx Car-amba ! - metrohumanx, 2009-01-19: 15:53:00


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Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: spin fat yu ay shun

Sentence: Carl loved his car, in fact you could say he had a bad case of spinfatuation. His favourite book and movie had been Stephen King's "Christine", so when he first took her out for a spin (or as he called it, on their first date), he named her Christine. His spinfatuation was automatic and he spent many hours learning auto repair, because he did not want all those grease monkeys down at the local garage touching her sleek chassis, never mind looking under her hood. His time alone with her in the garage soon became a fixation. His mother was worried, but found it hard to torque to him about it. She tried to steer him towards other activities (or even appliances), but he refused to shift and always yelled back at her, until she was exhausted. Her concerns were further fueled by his talk about marrying Christine. She argued that this love was not the wheel thing and their age differential was too great. His mother almost had a hemi one day, when she discovered that Carl had left a note saying that he and Christine had eloped. The next day, Carl walked home, leaking eye fluids, without the lovely Christine. His mother saw that he was ready to blow a gasket and asked him what happened. Carl broke down and said "I have made a complete axle of myself on my wedding night!" He told her that he had found out when she had made a transmission, that Christine had had some "work" done on her before they met, she was really a convertible... she used to be known as Christopher! She became the little engine that couldn't. Carl lost all his inhibitors and committed battery first and then vehicular homicide. He had come home to look for his cables...the jumpers. We knew it would all end in gears...Oh, the heart brake!

Etymology: Spin (a short drive in a car) & Infatuation (an object of extravagant short-lived passion;foolish and usually extravagant passion or love or admiration)

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: ôtəmōrätik

Sentence: Andrew doesn’t just like his new car. He is crazy about it. He feelings are absolutely automorotic. He spends much of his time and most of his income on Sally, his Mustang. Last week he bought her fender skirts. He is beside himself anticipating the installation of her leather bra scheduled for this weekend.

Etymology: automobile (a road vehicle, typically with four wheels) + moron (a stupid person) + autoerotic (of or relating to sexual excitement generated by stimulating or fantasizing about one’s own body)

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Created by: doseydotes

Pronunciation: myu-ˈni-shən-ˈwü

Sentence: Just before she went to sleep, Josephine reached under her pillow one more time and pulled out the Sig Sauer P228 9mm she had bought at H&H Gun Range three days ago. She turned it back and forth in the lamplight, admiring the black powdery smoothness of its surface, the crispness of the grooves on its grip, the sporty ridges on its slide. She lifted it, sideways, to her nose, to catch the sweet fragrance of the gun oil she had applied earlier today while cleaning from it the traces of metal and burnt gunpowder that had collected on it from the range. “Good LORD, woman! Are you sniffing that thing again? You’ve got the worst case of munitionwoo I’ve ever seen. It’s a TOOL! GET OVER IT!” Leon flopped on the bed and turned over with a snort. “It’s okay,” Josephine whispered to the Sig. “He doesn’t understand us, that’s all.”

Etymology: From the Greek, mu, meaning "the cry of frightened and cold feline companions locked out of the bedroom at night"; from the La Petite, nit, meaning "tiny irritating creature of great power, the mere mention of which can influence one's head into itchiness"; and from the Chinese, shun woo, meaning "great creator of melodic cacophony sent directly into one's ears without damaging one's wallet as badly as, for instance, Bose would do."

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Created by: silveryaspen

Pronunciation: Cars ah no va

Sentence: You'd think the old hot rod had a hot bod, the way Pat Brady spoke to his Nellybelle, his 1946 CJ-2A Willys Jeep. "There you are, my little Nellybelle! Come on" Pat would pur to her. It wasn't a blonde with a great figure, but a ragtop four-by-four, yet Pat would tell it "You are in great shape." and "You can go a little further, now!" To Pat, Nellybelle was a sweetheart giving him a sweetcart. When it came to Nellybelle, Pat was a real Carsanova.

Etymology: CARS, CASANOVA. A lover of cars is a Carsanova. Car - a term loosely used to refer to any vehicle. Casanova - one of history's great lovers, so great, his name is eponymous for lover. (Is anyone else old enough to remember Pat Brady and Nellybelle from the Roy Rogers Show? "Happy Trails to You, until we meet again!")


metrohumanx Two days ago, I was trying to think of the name of that jeep. Thanks. Remember Sky King and Sgt Preston of the Yukon? Wow! - metrohumanx, 2009-01-19: 01:54:00

love it! - galwaywegian, 2009-01-19: 10:09:00

terrific - Jabberwocky, 2009-01-19: 15:42:00

Cute word...sadly I remember it like it was yesterday! - Nosila, 2009-01-20: 22:05:00


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Created by: Tigger

Pronunciation: /muh-KAN-uh-miz-um/

Sentence: 'Janice seems to really love her new food processor,' mused Charles as he left her apartment. She'd invited him over for dinner, but then she'd spent most of the evening in the kitchen with it. He was sure he'd heard Janice humming and cooing to it everytime she switched it on, and she would meticulously clean it between and after each use, admiring the sharp, shiny, new blades. As he got into his car, Charles told himself that he wasn't jealous, but this was surely a case of mechanimism, and he began to wonder about Janice's sanity. "Oh well," he thought, patting the dashboard of his Porche, "that just means more quality time for us, right Katrina?" (the car was named for her stormy personality).

Etymology: Mechanical - having to do with machinery (from Greek, mekhanikos "an engineer") + Animism - the belief in the existence of individual spirits that inhabit natural objects (from Latin, anima "life, breath, soul")


I was going to use 'Mechanthropomorphism' but that seemed a bit too long... - Tigger, 2008-03-27: 07:29:00


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Created by: logarithm

Pronunciation: mE-shin-ni-ae-lih-ti


Etymology: From 'machine' and 'bestiality'.

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Created by: purpleartichokes

Pronunciation: kun-trap-chur

Sentence: I'd called him twice to dinner. There was a steaming plate of his favorite dish sitting before his empty seat at the table. Outside, the icy rain started coming down harder, yet Mark still hadn't come in. I looked out the window to find him tenderly tugging on the ropes attached to the tarp covering his old rust-bucket tractor, Bessie... and wiping off her wet spots. The evidence was clearly mounting that Mark had fallen victim to contrapture.

Etymology: contraption, rapture


Great word. Even greater sentence - "wiping off her wet spots." You're a poet, Purple A. - doseydotes, 2008-03-27: 09:09:00

excellent purple - Jabberwocky, 2008-03-27: 11:27:00

Thanks Jabber and dosey. I always struggle with sentences. This one came easy, as it actually happened. - purpleartichokes, 2008-03-27: 12:11:00

wonderful word...easy to pronounce and remember! - spotthecat1, 2008-03-27: 13:40:00

Excellent. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-03-28: 17:30:00


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Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: con-trap-shun-AY-shun

Sentence: Edwin had a serious case of contraptionation for his cars and garden machines that could well be described as a superstitious infatuation.

Etymology: Blend of contraption and fascination

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Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2008-03-27: 00:01:00
Today's definition was suggested by silveryaspen. Thank you silveryaspen. ~ James

stache - 2008-03-27: 01:25:00
Have these always been called "verboticisms?"

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2008-03-28: 06:00:00
Yes that's the word we use to describe our invented words. Of course you can also use "neologism". And I think we should create a subcategory for invented words with sexual undertones like your winning word today. It would be "verberoticisms". ~ James

metrohumanx metrohumanx - 2009-01-19: 01:52:00
Domenic- go frisk 'em.

galwaywegian - 2009-01-19: 10:08:00
very high standard today :D

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2010-06-03: 00:09:00
Today's definition was suggested by silveryaspen. Thank you silveryaspen. ~ James

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Алмазное бурение за разумные деньги.

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