Verboticism: Recycoanalysis

'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: spotthecat1

Pronunciation: trash-kuhm-bob-yuh-ley-shun

Sentence: Stella and Stan spent hours sorting through the remains of their mega-market shopping splurges and in a fury of trashcombobulation threw all the refuse in a giant Hefty™ bag and carefully deposited the unsorted mess in their neighbor's pile. The only witness was the owl who just blinked and asked, "Who?"

Etymology: (trash)1325–75; ME trasches (pl.), appar. c. Norw trask rubbish; akin to OE trus brushwood, ON tros rubbish + (dis-combobulation) 1825–35, Americanism; fanciful alter. of discompose or discomfort


Very informative etymology! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-25: 13:21:00

Nice! - purpleartichokes, 2008-03-25: 15:19:00

Very nice - OZZIEBOB, 2008-03-25: 20:06:00


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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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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: readerwriter

Pronunciation: st-rah-sh-t

Sentence: One Tuesday morning, after hauling her final recycling bin to the curb, Camilla felt so strashed by the process of sorting through what was to go where, she fell in front of the large garbage truck as it barrelled towards the curb. Her dying thoughts were wondering what bin they would put her in.

Etymology: A verb. A combination of STRESSED and TRASHED


Perfect word! - silveryaspen, 2009-01-15: 12:30:00


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Created by: kimmi

Pronunciation: stuck up tree hugger



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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: 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: ravipalanimuthu

Pronunciation: rhe-psykl-o-sis

Sentence: less immune to the subject or object

Etymology: Tuberculosis


Intriguing etymology! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-25: 13:36:00


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Created by: metrohumanx

Pronunciation: bow-GUST-oh-green

Sentence: Trudy and Dave carefully separated ALL their plastic bags from the thousands of disposable juice boxes and miniature half-ounce cat fuel tins. Trudy bought a rechargeable electric car which really ran on toxic strip-mined coal produced near the Rocky Mountains, and Dave developed a nasty squint because he'd replaced all their light bulbs with underpowered compact fluorescent curly tubes filled with carcinogenic chemicals. Trudy and Dave felt extremely BOGUSTOGREEN when the gargagemen arrived and tossed all that carefully sorted waste into the same truck and shipped it off to a landfill in an economically depressed region where folks were GLAD to fill in a verdant valley just to lower their own property taxes. BOGUSTOGREENIES everywhere blissfully ignored the principles of minimal packaging, returnable bottles and NOT bringing all that crapola home IN THE FIRST PLACE!

Etymology: BOGus+gUSTO+GREEN=BOGUSTOGREEN.........BOGUS:not genuine;obsolete argot bogus counterfeit money 1825...GUSTO:enthusiastic and vigorous enjoyment or appreciation,: vitality marked by an abundance of enthusiasm; Italian, from Latin gustus, past participle 1620.....GREEN: relating to or being an environmentalist,pretending to preserve environmental quality (as by being recyclable, biodegradable, or nonpolluting )


metrohumanx Recycling is a sham. Less than 2% really gets reused, but I do it anyway. - metrohumanx, 2009-01-15: 02:02:00


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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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