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'Yeah, I'm in heaven now.'

DEFINITION: n. A harmless untruth, intended to comfort simple souls. v. To use a little bit a fiction to smooth over the perplexities and complexities of life.

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Created by: josje

Pronunciation: total loss

Sentence: my life my brain my body are all total loss

Etymology: total as in complete Loss as in lost

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Created by: Sed8ed

Pronunciation: pa-tree-cod-el

Sentence: Joe found it easier to patricoddle the man who accosted him daily from the alley asking for two bits, rather than being rude and scaring him away.

Etymology: patri from patronize + coddle (to pamper, or whatever you like) = patricoddle

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Created by: wurdless

Pronunciation: troo-lish

Sentence: You look great! he said troolishly

Etymology: true + foolish


yup. everyone I know will be using this now. I love this word. - Headcrab, 2012-06-09: 04:38:00


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Created by: mweinmann

Pronunciation: simp - le - fik - shun - all - iz

Sentence: Since Sally couldn't quite explain the circumstances of her whereabouts, she decided to simplictionalize her story. She felt that it took out the complexity of the situation and put it into a scenario that was better understandable by her family.

Etymology: simplify, fictionalize

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Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: com fib er rate

Sentence: Jessie was able to comfiberate her young son with the lore of Santa Claus, The Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy to help him understand and look forward to special holidays and events. Finding a comfiberation for Halloween was a lot harder to do, especially when Uncle Les insisted on dressing up as a female, Aunt Dorothy, each October 31st as well as on many other occasions during the year...

Etymology: comfort ( give moral or emotional strength to or a feeling of freedom from worry or disappointment) & fib (tell a relatively insignificant lie)& liberate(to free from confinement or ideas)


Great word AND hilarious usage! - lumina, 2008-06-23: 22:54:00

Good word and sentence. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-06-24: 08:08:00


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Created by: justinchau

Pronunciation: con-sol-lie

Sentence: I had to consolie my patient when he wanted assurance that x-rays had no radiation. I consolied the hypochondriac by assuring her the pill wasn't a placebo.

Etymology: console + lie


Hmm, what about alieviate (alleviate + lie)? - justinchau, 2008-06-23: 05:55:00


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Created by: mrskellyscl

Pronunciation: pass-i-fib

Sentence: Mommy quickly crafted a pacifib when Nora noticed that Goldie was not in her bowl one day after school. She put the little princess on her lap, gave her a hug, and told her a wonderful tale about how Goldie was invited to go with her fish friends to the Wild Water Kingdom instead of admitting that it went belly up and was flushed down the toilet. Nora, an especially precocious five year old wasn't buying it. She became inconsolable and made Mommy take her to the pet store immediately for a new fish.

Etymology: pacify: to calm, mollify or make peaceful + fib: insignificant or childish lie


artr Cute word! - artr, 2009-11-02: 11:27:00

great word! - mweinmann, 2009-11-03: 07:51:00


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Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: inn ah kurt

Sentence: the statement was inakurt but onne understood the gut feeling

Etymology: inaccurate, Kurt

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Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: pla/see/bull

Sentence: 'Hard work always pays off' - a placeebull to keep workers motivated

Etymology: placebo + bull (as in bullshit) (had to put the second e in my word to emphasize sound)


okayee - galwaywegian, 2007-04-16: 06:30:00

Ain't it the truth!?! - Sed8ed, 2007-04-16: 06:33:00

petaj That example sounds like an alfalsism. Or a generaLIEzation. - petaj, 2007-04-16: 06:37:00

That's a great play on words! - jedijawa, 2007-04-16: 12:56:00


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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: fibrəkāshən

Sentence: Where did I come from? What happened to fluffy? Does this dress look good on me? What do you think of my artwork? Do you love me? Questions like these can spark fibrication.

Etymology: fib (a lie, typically an unimportant one) + fabrication (invent or concoct (something), typically with deceitful intent)

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ErWenn - 2007-04-16: 08:00:00
Best verbotoon ever. So it goes, buddy, so it goes.

ErWenn - 2007-04-16: 08:20:00
Just noticed what was written on the typewriter. Ha!

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-04-16: 15:03:00
Today's definition was suggested by Kurt Vonnegut and first appeared in his novel Cat's Cradle.
Thank you Mr. Vonnegut! ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-04-16: 15:12:00
RE: "Best Verbotoon Ever" Thanks ErWenn! However I must say it was all inspired by KV himself. So it goes... ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-04-17: 16:11:00
See the top 4 words of the day at Yeah, I'm in heaven now ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2008-06-23: 00:01:00
Today's definition was suggested by Kurt Vonnegut and first appeared in his novel Cat's Cradle.
Thank you Mr. Vonnegut! ~ James

wurdless - 2008-07-12: 15:23:00
Vonnegut is cool!

reverb - 2008-07-12: 15:31:00
cat's cradle rocks

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2009-11-02: 00:00:00
Today's definition was suggested by vonnegut. Thank you vonnegut. ~ James

metrohumanx metrohumanx - 2009-11-02: 01:42:00
Live it or live WITH it!