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'You can't put paper towels in the paper recycling!!'

DEFINITION: n. Anxiety created by an inability to understand or follow the regulations for recycling, composting and garbage collection. v. To feel confused and conflicted because you produce too much garbage and don't know how to get rid of it.

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Created by: doseydotes

Pronunciation: rə-bish-en(t)-shən

Sentence: Standing before the recycling bins in the Wal*Mart parking lot, Midge felt herself break out in a sweat. Did the aluminum vegetable cans belong with the soda cans, or did they simply go in with the regular garbage? "Good grief, lady, hurry up!" the man behind Midge spat between clenched teeth. Midge, her vision blurring, gave up and walked away with her bags of refuse. "I'm going to have to visit Dr. Johnson and see if I can't get something for this rubbishension pretty soon," she thought, as she stuffed the bags into her car, which was already filled with other recyclables.

Etymology: From Greek, rub, meaning "to cause slight friction"; from Phoenician, bish, meaning "fish with big lips"; and from English (American South dialect), ension, meaning "to creep along slowly and stealthily."

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Created by: lplybon

Pronunciation: "in-SAN-i-tay-SHUN"

Sentence: Sharon's insanitation has greatly increased since she moved to Green Acres, a community where everyone recycles. Her insanitation has gotten so bad she swears to her husband that the "recycle police" are coming to get her!

Etymology: Combination of the words "insanity" and "sanitation"

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Created by: kimmi

Pronunciation: stuck up tree hugger



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Created by: kateinkorea

Pronunciation: per KERBD

Sentence: I am getting fed up with Mike always being percurbed about putting out our recylables on the road. He worries about whether we are putting out too much or too little. Last week he brought some of our trash to work so nobody would see it in front of our place in our recycle bins.

Etymology: PERTURBED: alarmed anxious or worried about something CURB: side of the road


funny - Jabberwocky, 2009-01-15: 13:20:00


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Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: ill eek oh lodge ick ahl

Sentence: Her illogical concerns caused her upset, both mentally and internally. in fact the worries acted as a sort of illecolonical irrigation.

Etymology: illogical, ecological


very funny - Jabberwocky, 2009-01-15: 13:22:00


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Created by: OZZIEBOB

Pronunciation: dros-oh-VER-ree-AK-shuhn

Sentence: Bob dreaded Thursday evenings; when, at about 9.33pm, Roxie would yell to him, "Have you put the garbage out yet?" All this may seem a trifle odd, but he always felt that in the moonlight a pair of eyes were firmly fixed upon him. Indeed it made him feel apprehensive, until one evening out of the shadows sprang Ilsa, head of the neighourhood garbage gestapo. "What do you mean putting foreign language print in with English language newspapers?" she scowled. He hardly knew what to say, but managed to reply, " Oh, come on; I guess, after all, don't they both derive from Sanskrit?" She glared, but made no reply, and he too remained silent, not wishing to trash talk her. Early the next morning, as he was leaving his house, he saw her but perservered in his resolution not to speak to her or allow himself to be subjected to her drossoverreactions.

Etymology: DROSS: Waste, Refuse & QVERREACTION: over-the-top response


Next up on Trash Talk... - arrrteest, 2008-03-25: 08:28:00

Well done irony showing it can be taken to far, in both your sentence and word! Potent verboticism! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-25: 13:18:00

wonderful sentence - Jabberwocky, 2008-03-25: 13:37:00


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Created by: toadstool57

Pronunciation: bIO-bE-fud-dull-ment

Sentence: Jill is scared to approach the recycle and compost bins, experiencing bouts of biobefuddlement, shaking and sweating as she tries to pick the bin to toss her trash.

Etymology: biodegradable/befuddlement,as in confused


Two big B's blended, so I buzzed by to say nice etymology. Meaning full verboticism. Good word! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-25: 13:41:00


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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: gahr-ang-gwish

Sentence: It's Wednesday night again and you know what that means, garbanguish. Phil and Marcia have done their usual lousy job of sorting their trash for recycling. Now they are sure to be humiliated if the neighbors see their trashcan overflowing with garbage. So, to show how environmentally-conscious they are, Phil prepares a tiny trashcan to put out on the curb and stuffs a huge contractor-weight lawn bag with the rest, secrets it into the trunk of his car and flings it into the dumpster at the back of the parking lot at work the next morning.

Etymology: garbage (discarded animal and vegetable matter, as from a kitchen; refuse) + anguish (excruciating or acute distress, suffering, or pain)

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Created by: Biscotti

Pronunciation: kon-ref-ew-zhun

Sentence: Jack was in conrefusion when the city made a new ordinance that paper could not be put out to the street in a paper bag; instead it had to be put in a city approved styrofoam bin. The bins always ended up breaking about once a month; causing great conrefusion and suffering for the citizens of the city.

Etymology: Confusion (not understanding) + Refuse (garbage or trash)


Great ending twist in your last sentence that gives your verboticism the double meaning beyond the two meaninngs of both words in your etymology. Very clever! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-25: 13:03:00


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Created by: youmustvotenato

Pronunciation: green-tard

Sentence: This cup is kinda glossy, is it paper or plastic? Gosh, this is confusing. I feel so greentarded.

Etymology: green-to help the environment; retarded-lacking certain abilities.

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Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2008-03-25: 00:01:00
Today's definition was suggested by remistram. Thank you remistram. ~ James

stache - 2008-03-25: 02:10:00
I love the "IDEAS" bin.

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2008-03-25: 05:32:00
Thanks stache. That's the bin where I put out my old ideas for recycling. ~ James

Jamagra - 2008-03-25: 08:07:00
James... maybe you could recycle those ideas my way? Love the cartoon and the word, but today... I got nothin'.

Jamagra - 2008-03-25: 09:10:00
Oh! Thought of something. I'm good now!

remistram - 2008-03-25: 10:23:00
got our massive bin last week...process is a bit more streamlined, am happy now!

purpleartichokes - 2008-03-25: 11:15:00
Lucky you, remi... our community recycling consists of loading the stuff up in your car and taking it to the recycling center on one of the few days/hours that they happen to be open. Sucks. I did get a FREE compost bin from our state env. protection folks. $80 value. My mother (and only my mother) is so proud!

My Rottin' Poem

I love my compost pile!
It thrills me to the bone
To think that all that wilted slop
Will enhance the crops I've grown!

I garden with a passion,
And I compost with a zeal.
I collect the coffee grounds at work
And cherish every peel.

In my cellar I compost in winter
Much to my son's dismay.
Though sweet to me, the smell can chase
Unwanted guests away.

My pile in the summer
Is a another sad slop story.
The dog next door gulps the gourmet treat,
Then regurgitates... quite gory.

The peels get strewn about my lawn
By some midnight compost thief.
I try to promptly pick up the stuff,
Before the neighbors give me grief.

The egg-shells never make it
To calcify my plants.
The birds steal most of the precious shards
Or they get toted off by ants.

My composting efforts without a bin
Have been daunting, to say the least.
By the time the stuff finally starts to rot,
It gets eaten by some beast.

So you see, kind folks at DEP
Why it's for a bin I pray.
If I can clean up my compost act,
The neighbors might let me stay!

silveryaspen - 2008-03-25: 13:09:00
Funtastic rhyme and reasoning!

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2008-03-25: 16:22:00
Hey purple, I figured you loved vegetables, and guessed you were a dedicated composter, but composting in your basement??? Yikes!! Maybe that's why your shower curtain is covered in mildew. ~ James

Jamagra - 2008-03-25: 17:25:00
Purple, I am very proud of you too! You grow, girl!

purpleartichokes - 2008-03-25: 18:21:00
Um, yeah, I actually did compost in the basement in a garbage can. Apparently, I didn't add enough "browns" to the mix, cuz when I dumped it in the spring, the neighborhood smelled like a cesspool for days. ...oops. Thanks Jamagra! I'm gonna try my hand at a giant punkin this year! James - thanks for the idea. I bet that shower curtain junk would compost nicely!

arrrteest - 2008-03-25: 18:37:00
Great poem, too! I used to have a worm composting bin. At least the kids thought it was cool.

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2010-06-01: 00:31:00
Today's definition was suggested by remistram. Thank you remistram. ~ James

youmustvotenato youmustvotenato - 2011-10-18: 10:29:00

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