Verboticism: Refufugue

'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: Nosila

Pronunciation: eko dis ord era fob eeya

Sentence: Eric was new to the whole recycling thing. He had thought recycling was when they made the Tour de France be run again. He & Kate spent hours trying to sort all their household waste into suitable categories. You could say they suffered from ecodisorderafobia, because they were always afraid they were sorting their trash improperly. Would the Garbage Police shut them down once and for all for failing to conform? For months they lived with this fear. Finally Eric got brave one morning and approached the garbageman (okay Waste Disposal Technician) as he came down their alley. Biting the bullet he bravely asked the civic employee how they were doing in their sorting efforts. The garbageman winked and chuckled and told him not to worry. When Eric pressed him why he should not worry, he was told that all the stuff was just going to be dumped into the landfill anyway! All these months they had been sorting their trash for the seagulls. It was then that Eric & Kate vowed to become ecowarriors and run for city council.

Etymology: ecology (the environment as it relates to living organisms) & disorder (a condition in which things are not in their expected places or disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried or alarmed) & phobia ( an anxiety disorder characterized by extre


Your sentence and word do a great job of presenting this part of the issue. Excellent! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-25: 12:48:00

I agree. Your sentence hits on the topic of the economics of recycling, and how recycling programs are only successful when it's economically feasible to recycle (i.e. if it costs more to recycle something, then the program must either be subsidized or abandoned). Very thought provoking. - Tigger, 2008-03-25: 22:58:00


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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: 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


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


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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: 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: mweinmann

Pronunciation: con - sir - vex - ashun

Sentence: Cicily and Marty stayed up for hours the night before garbage collection in a total state of conservexation as they tried to sort through their mounds of trash. They were confused by all of the recycling and composting rules and the appointed bins, bags, containers and cans. By morning, everything was out to the curb but they both had bad dreams about plastic and paper.....

Etymology: Conservation (the preservation and careful management of the environment and of natural resources) + Vexation (disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress, causing difficulty in finding an answer or solution)


VEXellent! - silveryaspen, 2009-01-15: 12:30:00


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Created by: picabomama

Pronunciation: ee/co/guilt

Sentence: Despite using cloth diapers and cloth napkins and cedar cat litter, Kelly's ecoguilt could not be soothed. When she began making art out of toilet paper tubes, her husband decided it was time for an intervention.

Etymology: eco- shorthand for ecology + guilt- the terrible feeling that you are somehow failing


Great sentence. Right on the definition! Outstanding! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-25: 11:08:00


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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: rēsīkləbabəl

Sentence: Sally is confused by recyclebabble. One day she hears that you can recycle some items, the next day no. One week everything needs to be separated, the next week no. Just last week somebody told her that many cities put recyclables into landfills. As she finishes a carton of eggs, she shutters at the thought of what to do with it.

Etymology: recycle (convert (waste) into reusable material) + babble (talk rapidly and continuously in a foolish manner)

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