Verboticism: Catasterrific

'I just asked the boss if she'd date me...'

DEFINITION: v. To make a mistake where the benefits exceed the costs of the screw-up. n. An excellent mistake, which despite its stupidity, produces a positive outcome.

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Airrorist

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: err or ist

Sentence: Randy was an airrorist. He'd slept in late, had not finished packing and due to heavy traffic got to the airport just as his flight to Miami took off without him. He had to rebook, wait 4 hours and finally boarded, only to learn that the flight he missed had been hijacked to Cuba and no one knew the fate of the passengers yet. His airror this morning saved his life!

Etymology: Air (travel via aircraft;flying) & Error (a misconception resulting from incorrect information;a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention) & ist (suffix for a person who follows a belief or does something) (Rhymes with Terrorist (a radical who employs terror as a political weapon; usually organizes with other terrorists in small cells; often uses religion as a cover for terrorist activities)

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Splenderror

Created by: stache

Pronunciation: splěn'ěr'ər

Sentence: Mikail thought his career was down the dumper when he told Boris his toupee looked ridiculous. A month later, though, working for Antonin at twice the salary plus comission, he realized the comment had been a splenderror.

Etymology: splend, to spend one's income in loans to close friends (spend/lend); der, german article; ror, var. of roar, to laugh loudly or boisterously.

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COMMENTS:

splendid would also work well in your etymology - Jabberwocky, 2008-05-02: 12:44:00

ya think? how about, 'splendor?' - stache, 2008-05-02: 13:27:00

Splendoriffic word. - Tigger, 2008-05-02: 22:19:00

Terrific . - OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-04: 06:51:00

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Snafruition

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: sna-froo-ish-uhn

Sentence: Jerry was just another starving artist. After years of trying, he finally found a Gallery Director who was willing to look at his watercolors. His wish to be successful came to snafruition when he got caught in a downpour on his way to the gallery. The Director proclaimed his half-blurred paintings as genius and immediately scheduled a showing.

Etymology: snafu (mistake) + fruition (attainment of anything desired; realization; accomplishment)

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Okaylamity

Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: oh kay lammm itt eee

Sentence: Kate had a talent for the okaylamity. her better screw ups had ruined her love life, but got her a job as a stunt woman in the porn industry.

Etymology: okay calamity

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COMMENTS:

Okaylamity Jane! - Nosila, 2010-07-09: 00:34:00

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Benefauxpas

Created by: rebelvin

Pronunciation: beneFIT+faux pas

Sentence: I dialed my old girlfriend by mistake but it turned into a benefauxpas when unexpectedly she told me she wanted to get back together!

Etymology: beneFIT+faux pas

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Wurkel

Created by: alicat

Pronunciation: work-el

Sentence: I wurkelled when I crashed my mom's car. Now the insurance is replacing the car with a new one. Did I do that?

Etymology: Win + Urkel (as in Steve Urkel from Family Matters) or Work + Urkel

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Clutzvert

didsbury

Created by: didsbury

Pronunciation:

Sentence: When I dinged my boss's car in the lot I thought I was fired for sure but the whole situation was totally clutzverted. It turns out she wanted an excuse to claim insurance for some damage done in a not-so-secret DUI incident last month.

Etymology: Derived from the German 'klootzverteignung'. First written usage in 1538 in the description of a mid-summer festival where the death of 250 Bavarian villagers created a flourishing tourist trade at the site of the event.

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Great word. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-04: 06:49:00

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Inadvertendipity

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: In-ad-vert-ehn-DIP-ety

Sentence: Belinda's gift for inadvertendipity repeatedly astounded her friends and family when so many times things that might turn into disasters became successes in spite of her ineptitude in actually planning her life.

Etymology: Blend of inadvertent and serendipity

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mrskellyscl Great word! - mrskellyscl, 2009-06-12: 07:31:00

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Sucstake

Created by: georgeu2000

Pronunciation: suck stake

Sentence: upon awaking on monday afternoon, bob discovered to his chagrin that he had set his alarm for 5PM instead of 5AM, and he was hopelessly late for work! fortunately for him, his company had exploded just that morning. at first he was upset that he didn't make it to work on time, but then realized that his sucstake had saved his very life.

Etymology: success + mistake

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Catasterrific

Created by: Rutilus

Pronunciation: cat-as-ter-if-ik

Sentence: Geoff was happily contemplating the reason he'd got here.Refusing to accept his line manager's bullying and getting fired had given him time to study and re-train. Here was a man better qualified, better off and much happier. Oh how he chuckled at an event he had seen as a disaster had in fact been completely catasterrific for him.

Etymology: Catastrophic - dramatic negative effect; Terrific - extremely good, wonerful

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