Verboticism: Ecoguilt

'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: arrrteest

Pronunciation: green-a-tor-ee-angst

Sentence: It was Brother Chad's turn to take out the recycling. It was a chore that he tried to get done before Brother Conrad came back from his evening prayers because he knew that there would be no refuge for improperly sorting the refuse. It was Conrad's contention that Chad refused to refer to the reference chart he put up on the refectory refrigerator on how to properly identify and sort the ungodly amount of consumer waste generated at the monastary. Brother Raphael often had to referee and run interference for poor Brother Chad becuase he recognized his constant confusion and greenatoryangst when it came to sorting the recycling.

Etymology: green (environmental)+atory (from obligatory) + angst (anxiety, fear)


Really resourceful recounting of rather raunchy recycling rituals! Raves! - spotthecat1, 2008-03-25: 04:37:00

Very nicely done alliteration! Your etymology has originality and is meaning full. Great creates! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-25: 13:44:00


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Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: diss trah sssh d

Sentence: He didn't feel totally rubbish, but admitted to being a trifle distrashed

Etymology: distressed trash

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Created by: silveryaspen

Pronunciation: a - re - quire - yous (aka use)

Sentence: The world is developing a new police force, called cyclops, special cops who keep one eye on your trash to make sure you recycle! The penalty for not recycling is being sent to the recycle haz bins, where they will clean you up, dismantle you, and send your living remains to the hospital for re-use! The new reality tv shows might be staged around recyclodramas! The stars of the shows will be the cyclops, riding their recycles with sirens blaring, as they hunt down scattering scared stiffs, who refused to become recyclers. Other recyclodramas would be about the hospitals re-using any living remains from the scared stiffs from the the haz bins. Other recyclodramas would be about the new field of psychiatric medicine repsychclophopia! It seems to be affecting everyone. It is the spawning of the age of arequireuse!

Etymology: Play on the phrase: The Dawning Of The Age Of Aquarius ... Spawning Of The Age of A-Requi-Reuse


Silvery - why don't you just go with Acquire reuse (Acquireuse). It works so well with your Aquarius reference. - Jabberwocky, 2008-03-25: 11:30:00

I can't correct the spelling now ... but you are absolutely right. Had other pressing matters on my mind and didn't give this my full attention and blew it. Thanks Jabberwocky. I really appreciate your helpful comment. - silveryaspen, 2008-03-25: 12:34:00

I did change it where I could ... everywhere but where it is at the top, and that's what shows up elsewhere. - silveryaspen, 2008-03-25: 12:36:00

Actually silvery you can change the spelling. Just go to your word and then go to edit. You should see "oops I want to change the spelling of my word" A warning though - everything you tped in before will disappear so you'll have to reenter your etymology and pronunciation and sentence so you should copy that somewhere so you can then paste it in. It's a great word the way it is but you might want to change another word some day. - Jabberwocky, 2008-03-25: 13:18:00

Another good one. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-03-25: 20:09:00

I just wiki'ed Age of Aquarius — I never really knew what that referred to. I figured it was an astrological reference to something that happened in the 1970's but, to my surprize, the Age of Aquarius hasn't even started yet. I guess that means tie-dyed shirts and bell-bottoms will be making a comeback sometime in the next few hundred years. - Tigger, 2008-03-25: 23:22:00


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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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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: CanadianAndyCapp

Pronunciation: Bi-oh-B-U-row-krap-ang-st

Sentence: It was only a matter of time before the red-tape brigade infiltrated the simple matter of reducing the amount of garbage we produce by creating a plethora of regulations and restrictions that only serve to confuse matters and create a sense of Biobearocrapangst amongst the Yuppie "green" cult.

Etymology: Bio- (Derived from nature) / Beauro- (Derived from beaurocratic, useless or wasted effort) / Crap - (See Beaurocratic) / Angst - (The result of Beaurocratic)


Super sentence, etymology and verboticism. Great humor. Evokes a mind picture of almost being buried in wasted paper from the beaurocraps. Superduper! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-25: 13:53:00

Song of the day: Wasted Days and Wasted Nights! (wink/chuckles) - silveryaspen, 2008-03-25: 13:54:00


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Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: re-cyc-lah-FOE-bick

Sentence: Edgemont was absolutely recyclophobic when it came time to separate recyclables for collection each Thursday, as he could not grasp the concept of separating those materials from ordinary refuse and he always wound up leaving the job to his wife, Myrtle.

Etymology: blend of 'recycle' (to treat or process (used or waste materials) so as to make suitable for reuse) and 'phobic' (a person suffering from a phobia)

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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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Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: il lit ter as see

Sentence: Betty & Bob both suffered from illitteracy. They still could not figure out what was recyclable, compostable or just plain trash. They even tried joining Waste Watchers. This confusion was further added to by their garbage collectors, who were moody jokers. Sometimes they would take away the stuff, sometimes not. After all Bob & Betty's efforts and research on the Web about environmental responsibility, imagine their surprise if they found out that their town just dumped it all in the same landfill anyway!

Etymology: Ill (sick from; distressing; a cause for complaining ) & Iliteracy (an inability to read;ignorance resulting from not reading) & Litter (garbage, refuse, trash, especially that left in public places)

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Created by: msherman51

Pronunciation: Re foo fewdge'

Sentence: Newspapers, shopping bags, plastics sorted by number, she confidently approached the array of bins; minutes later she was seen still standing in full refufuge, arms outstretched, clutching but unable to release her number 2 plastic juice container.

Etymology: refuse, wretched or otherwise, and fugue, a state of being unable to choose or act

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