Verboticism: Postconsumerparalysis

'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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Discomposture

Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: dis/com/post/yur

Sentence: I hurried down the street with my sunglasses on, listening to my ipod, so that none of the neighbours would notice my discomposture after I had hastily stashed a plastic muffin tray in the recycling bin. It did have a recyling symbol on it but I wasn't sure if the number was acceptable or not.

Etymology: discomposure + compost + dis (as in disrespect)

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COMMENTS:

Oh, how I love compost! Wish there was a song about it. Good word! - purpleartichokes, 2008-03-25: 12:45:00

With originality you have captured the meaning and feeling in the definition again ... with wit and humor thrown in! Outstanding! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-25: 13:28:00

After reading your sentence, I had to google "recycling number" to understand what you are talking about here. Maybe it's because I'm an American, or maybe it's because I live in the middle of the United States (and not on a coast) but I admit I had no earthly idea that there were numbers on recyclables. Alas, we have no curb-side recyclables on my street. - doseydotes, 2008-03-25: 14:19:00

Okay, stache just privately pointed out that there IS, in fact, curbside recycling on my street, and he expressed surprise that I did not know about recycling numbers. I, apparently, am a recylidiot. Or an ecolodork. Or . . . you fill it in. - doseydotes, 2008-03-25: 15:26:00

wow - I think James might have (quite litter/ally)saved a little part of the planet today by choosing such a green definition. No more recylaments doseydotes. - Jabberwocky, 2008-03-25: 15:44:00

I'll be calling the City first thing tomorrow morning to ask for a bin. I'm . . . so . . . ashamed. - doseydotes, 2008-03-25: 17:54:00

Ashaamed, nay! I once thought that the triangular-shaped chasing arrows meant Danger! Crushing this plastic container may cause serious arrow-like injury. - purpleartichokes, 2008-03-25: 19:08:00

Great word - OZZIEBOB, 2008-03-25: 20:07:00

Clever creations — love it! - Tigger, 2008-03-25: 23:30:00

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Thaiquandgo

Created by: bookowl

Pronunciation: tie/kwand/go

Sentence: Thaiquandgo occurs when you have to decide where to recycle your Thai food leftovers.

Etymology: Thai (food) + quandary + go + Taekwando

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COMMENTS:

Clever and funny! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-25: 12:42:00

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Compuzzled

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: kämpəzəld

Sentence: Environmentally-friendly, green, recycle, reuse, compost... It all leaves Jerry compuzzled.

Etymology: compost (decayed organic material used as a plant fertilizer) + puzzled (to feel confused because they cannot understand or make sense of something)

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Conrefusion

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)

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COMMENTS:

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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Recycoanalysis

karenanne

Created by: karenanne

Pronunciation: ree SIKE oh ahn AL uh sis

Sentence: The amount of recycoanalysis that Ann Ziety goes through just to decide where to put some of her refuse and discarded items makes it almost a second job. It can probably be traced to the fact that her parents are huge environmentalists and were recycling back in the 70's, before it was cool or even all that convenient. All they ever read when she was a child was "Mother Earth" and the Sierra Club magazine, which they then pressed into pellets and burned in their wood-burning fireplace. Ann never feels that she can measure up to her parents' high standards. Even today, they pick through the neighbors' trash and re-sort it into the proper recycling containers. Their neighbors say fondly that they put the "mental" in "environmental." For example, if Ann's mother were reading today's Verbotomy, she would be quick to point out that, of course, used paper towels, as well as napkins and coffee filters, should be COMPOSTED.

Etymology: recycle + psychoanalysis

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Stuckuptreehugger

Created by: kimmi

Pronunciation: stuck up tree hugger

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Rubbishension

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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Postconsumerparalysis

Created by: Jamagra

Pronunciation: post/con/soom/er/puh/ral'/uh/sis

Sentence: Standing before the five bins with a laundry basket containing 15 pounds of recyclables, Jillian realized that overnight her mild case of "sorter's block" had become raging "postconsumer paralysis".

Etymology: postconsumer waste (packaging left after the goods inside have been used) + paralysis (a state of helpless inablility to act)

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COMMENTS:

Nicely describes the definition!! - purpleartichokes, 2008-03-25: 12:47:00

Your sentence and verboticism also evoke the feeling/anxiety in the definition exceptionally well! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-25: 12:56:00

There a lot of long verboticisms today. Kudos for the longest! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-25: 13:58:00

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Apgreenhension

Created by: Stevenson0

Pronunciation: ap/green/hen/shun

Sentence: With all the new recycle rules, the tree huggers are filled with total apgreenhension every garbage day.

Etymology: APGREENHENSION - noun - from APPREHENSION (anticipation of adversity) + GREEN (environmentally aware)

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COMMENTS:

Anything green these days will win a popularity contest! Great create! - silveryaspen, 2009-01-15: 12:34:00

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Greenobia

Created by: unsocialeeyore

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