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DEFINITION: v. To prevent someone from participating in an undesired activity by engaging them in another activity which makes it impossible to do the first. n. Two things cannot be done at the same time.

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Etaskulate

Created by: Stevenson0

Pronunciation: e/task/u/late

Sentence: Jenny had such control over Joe that she could easily etaskulate him. A planned night out at the pub with Joe's friends, or a Saturday golf game was always interrupted by Jenny's sudden urge to have him learn knitting, or help her sort her fashion magazine collection.

Etymology: ETASKULATE - VERB - from EMASCULATE (to castrate; to deprive of strength, or vigor; to weaken) + TASK

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COMMENTS:

excellent! - galwaywegian, 2008-05-22: 07:55:00

estastic! - Jabberwocky, 2008-05-22: 13:37:00

Top word. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-22: 18:51:00

E-xcellent word! - Nosila, 2008-05-22: 20:42:00

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Sublimatention

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Created by: mrskellyscl

Pronunciation: sub-lim-a-ten-shen

Sentence: Karen used sublimatention successfully to redirect Ron's focus from a bad behavior to a good one. Now, instead of nose mining in public, he cleans his glasses.

Etymology: subliminal: below the threshold of conscious perception + sublimate: direct energy from a socially improper behavior to an acceptable one + mate: spouse + attention: concentrated focus of the mind

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Etaskulate

Created by: Stevenson0

Pronunciation: e/task/u/late

Sentence: Jenny had such control over Joe that she could easily etaskulate him. A planned night out at the pub with Joe's friends, or a Saturday golf game was always interrupted by Jenny's sudden urge to have him learn knitting, or help her sort her fashion magazine collection.

Etymology: ETASKULATE - VERB - from EMASCULATE (to castrate; to deprive of strength, or vigor; to weaken) + TASK

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COMMENTS:

mrskellyscl Hysterical. Great word. - mrskellyscl, 2009-07-02: 06:05:00

I agree - hilarious! - splendiction, 2009-07-02: 21:22:00

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Procedo

Created by: splendiction

Pronunciation: prow SEE due

Sentence: Sam’s parents accomplished the amazing! He made his bed, vacuumed the downstairs, took out the garbage - all before breakfast! The procedo was that he couldn’t eat until his chores were done.

Etymology: From PROCEDURE and DO - to do a set activity before another activity.

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A perfect placebo - Nosila, 2009-07-02: 13:20:00

- of course I would never give out a real procedo like this! - splendiction, 2009-07-04: 21:23:00

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Slyversionary

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: sly ver shun ary

Sentence: Sandra kept Simon's activities on a short leash. Whenever he wanted to do something she did not approve of, she would create a slyversionary attack. For instance, major sporting events on television were missed because that darn tv "acted up again" or "the cable was out". How could he join his buddies hunting when his rifle and hunting license were not to be found anywhere? You get the picture, but Simon failed to notice the coincidence of these events.

Etymology: Sly (marked by skill in deception) & Diversionary (an attack calculated to draw enemy defense away from the point of the principal attack;a tactic that diverts attention)

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the best word today! Very sly! - splendiction, 2009-07-02: 21:21:00

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Distractivity

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Created by: mrskellyscl

Pronunciation: dis-trac-tiv-i-ty

Sentence: Jill learned to keep a distractivity in her purse for social situations with Jack. If he became bored, he would get into trouble. At her mother's dinner party she heard him start a lively conversation about the elections with Uncle Will. Quickly, she pulled a Game Boy out of her purse and sent him into the game room to wait for dinner.

Etymology: distract: divert attention + activity: an educational aid designed to stimulate learning through hands-on experience

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Cullduggery

Created by: OZZIEBOB

Pronunciation: kuhl-DUHG_uh-ree

Sentence: Roxie disrailed any of Bob's less- than-desirable activities through a strict program of cullduggery.

Etymology: CULL: Something picked out and put aside or removed as unrequired; SKULLDUGGERY:Instance(s) of less than desirable behaviour. Deception, dishonesty, trickery.

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very clever - Jabberwocky, 2008-05-22: 13:34:00

Cullever word, Bob! - Nosila, 2008-05-22: 20:41:00

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Snubstitution

Created by: Tigger

Pronunciation: /SNUB-sti-too-shun/

Sentence: Amanda had learned that when her boyfriend was arguing with her, the best thing to do was turn on the TV and tune in the sports channel. By using snubstitution, she could give his aggression another target. He would still be yelling and shouting, but gradually his attention would shift to the athletes and announcers on the TV instead of screaming at her. Also, sometimes when he was trying to be sweet, Don would serenade her in public, but he had a lousy singing voice — so she would just kiss him repeatedly until he gave up.

Etymology: Snub - to suddenly check or stop the action of; to reject (from Old Norse, snubba "to curse, scold, reprove") + Substitution - something which the place of something else; replacement (from Latin, substitutus "put in place of another")

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Like your word and sentence - OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-22: 08:20:00

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Nulltitasking

Created by: bookowl

Pronunciation: null/tee/task/ing

Sentence: He got absolutely nothing accomplished once he began nulltitasking.

Etymology: null + multitasking

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COMMENTS:

Seems like it's time for an annulment- or at least some sort of annulitasking? - OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-22: 18:50:00

Good word, though null and void where prohibited by law... - Nosila, 2008-05-22: 20:39:00

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Divertrickery

Created by: TJayzz

Pronunciation: Dy-ver-trik-eree

Sentence: To stop Ted's disgusting smoking habit, Sue thought she would try a bit of divertrickery, so she invested in a computer generated football game(football being his passion). Soon he was so engrossed in the game that all thoughts of smoking were forgotten, after all it does take two hands to use the control pad.

Etymology: Divert(to distract attention away from) + Trickery(A skilful act or scheme intended to outwit someone) = Divertrickery

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I like it. - Mustang, 2008-05-22: 06:43:00

nice - Jabberwocky, 2008-05-22: 13:36:00

Very good word. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-22: 18:59:00

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Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2008-05-21: 00:00:01
Today's definition is inspired by the "Joy of Incompatible Behaviors". It's Amy Sutherland's secret weapon for dealing with people who have annoying habits which they can't seem to control. The secret is not to try to stop them, but rather get them on another track. See: "What Shamu Taught me About Life, Love and Marriage". Thanks Amy! ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2009-07-02: 00:00:01
Today's definition is inspired by the "Joy of Incompatible Behaviors". It's Amy Sutherland's secret weapon for dealing with people who have annoying habits which they can't seem to control. The secret is not to try to stop them, but rather get them on another track. See: "What Shamu Taught me About Life, Love and Marriage". Thanks Amy! ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2010-07-22: 01:14:00
Today's definition was suggested by amysutherland. Thank you amysutherland. ~ James