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'That cake is so dry it's completely indigestible!'

DEFINITION: n., The fear that your service representative will retaliate after you have complained. v., To be afraid of bad service because you complained about it.

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Created by: purpleartichokes

Pronunciation: trep-bich-day-shun

Sentence: Sue immediately felt trepbitchdation after complaining that her pea soup was cold... how would she ever find a booger in that sea of green?

Etymology: trepidation, bitch (complain)


should have gone for the crabby patties. Great word! - galwaywegian, 2007-11-30: 06:42:00

That might have led to crabotage. - purpleartichokes, 2007-11-30: 10:11:00


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Created by: attis


Sentence: After asking to speak to the manager, Helen was overcome with Disdress. After all, the call centre operator had her phone number!

Etymology: Distress/Redress


cute word - Nosila, 2008-10-28: 23:48:00

metrohumanx ...and clever:) - metrohumanx, 2008-10-29: 00:46:00


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Created by: zxvasdf

Pronunciation: Rue x change

Sentence: Matilda loved making ruexchanges because it placed her on the precipice of doubt and the thrill of the unknown shivered through her spine as the waiter placed the possibly reconstituted food at her table. Others are normally not so inclined to make a ruexchange out of a justifiable fear of acquiring some mysterious disease.

Etymology: Rue (to regret) & exchange (to trade in) Also a "rude" could be derived.


makes me think of Scooby Doo - Jabberwocky, 2008-10-28: 13:03:00

metrohumanx Never get inclined near the precipice of doubt. ExtremeDining is too much for me.Brilliant word. Beautifully lyrical example. - metrohumanx, 2008-10-28: 17:42:00

metrohumanx A lumpy RUE is a valid reason to return ANY sauce. - metrohumanx, 2008-10-28: 18:00:00


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Created by: swallowedbyafish


Sentence: He was instantly filled with remorsel after realizing the waiter was about to go do unspeakable things to his food.

Etymology: remorse + morsel


swallowedbyafish oops didn't mean to steal somebody else's idea... sorry - swallowedbyafish, 2007-11-30: 22:53:00


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Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: sur vang ssssssssst

Sentence: Her servangst was so strong that she naver went to a restaurant without a sandwich in her purse

Etymology: servant, angst


Good answer...worth a good tip! - Nosila, 2010-03-25: 12:24:00


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Created by: mrskellyscl

Pronunciation: may-tra-dread

Sentence: While vacationing in Jamaica, Jen had maitredread after complaining about the entre to the headwaiter. She couldn't understand what he said, but when he returned the dish there was a garnish that looked suspiciously like something they warned her about in health class.

Etymology: maitre d: master of a restaurant who is in charge of the overall dining experience of the customers + dread: fearful or distasteful anticipation + dreads: natural hairstyle found in Jamaica and other islands where the hair is twisted into long ropelike braids symbolizing religious spirituality and ethnic identity

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Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: pan/i/ca/see/ya

Sentence: I was filled with panicacea when the dentist offered the alternative anesthetic when I adamantly refused the first foot long needle.

Etymology: panic + panacea (universal remedy)


metrohumanx Yikes! Clever combo! - metrohumanx, 2008-10-28: 17:45:00


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Created by: LotusB

Pronunciation: SPIT-a-wor-ee


Etymology: Spit + Worry = Spitaworry

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Created by: flyingheadlice

Pronunciation: way-tal-i-ah-FO-bee-ah

Sentence: Leonard has determined that Sheldon does not have waitaliaphobia, as he continuously offends Penny with no fear of repercussions.

Etymology: waiter retaliation phobia

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Created by: bzav1

Pronunciation: maitre dee skusting

Sentence: What he did to my cake was maitrdisgusting. I will never complain about my dessert again!

Etymology: maitre de + disgusting

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Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-11-30: 00:28:00
Today's definition was suggested by remistram. Thank you remistram~ James

remistram - 2007-11-30: 10:14:00
I admit - one of my paranoias....

purpleartichokes - 2007-11-30: 13:49:00
Thanks for all the great definitions Remi!

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-12-01: 07:45:00
By the way, Remistram also gets a credit for yesterday's definition. She originally submitted her definition about compulsive sniffing in June, so I have added her name to the credits which she shares with kabloozie. Thanks! ~ James

silveryaspen - 2008-12-09: 01:06:00
Am I the only one confounded by the previous verbotomies being show as new ones, along with the re-run of the definition? When we go to vote for the new verbotomies, it's going to be confusing to vote for the new verbotomies instead of the old verbotomies.

logarithm - 2008-12-09: 04:24:00
A re-run, huh? I think it's ok to mix the old and new verbotomies together, and let people vote for their favourites. New verbotomies are great, but some of the old ones might still be the better ones. p/s Silveryaspen: I am back! ;-)

wayoffcenter - 2008-12-09: 05:31:00
But old games have already been decided and have major point advantages over any new entries. It stops regular contributors from playing. They already have a word entered for this contest.

logarithm - 2008-12-09: 07:02:00
It's a contest?

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2008-12-09: 07:05:00
Hey Silvery et al, Oops! Double replay. I have now updated today's definition. See it here: Isn't it a bit early to be wearing Christmas decorations? Be creative, James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2008-12-09: 07:17:00
Yes, logarithm, it's a game. We have daily and weekly winners. The winning word of the day gets printed in the "b", Baltimore's free daily newspaper. See: b the paper. ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2010-03-25: 00:11:00
Today's definition was suggested by remistram. Thank you remistram. ~ James