Verboticism: Recyclebabble

'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: 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: 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)


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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Created by: rikboyee

Pronunciation: re-sigh-coh-sis

Sentence: i looked at my used tea bag and then at the different bins and went into a state of recychosis

Etymology: recycle, psychosis


nice word - Jabberwocky, 2008-03-25: 12:18:00

Like the way it conveys the anxiety in the definition. Good word! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-25: 12:41:00

Excellent blending! - Tigger, 2008-03-25: 23:23:00


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Created by: Kennecticut




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Created by: kimmi

Pronunciation: stuck up tree hugger



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Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: re-cyc-lah-FOE-bya

Sentence: Wilbur had a bad case of recyclophobia 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, Clara.

Etymology: blend of 'recycle' (to treat or process (used or waste materials so as to make suitable for reuse) and 'phobia' (unreasonable fear of something)

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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: 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: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: ree sigh koe ling

Sentence: The repsycholing turned his brain to jelly, but not in any useful way.

Etymology: recycling, psycho

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Created by: CrayonWarrior

Pronunciation: X-SAMPA - RefjudjVn Reh-fyu-jun

Sentence: "Okay. the glass can't go with anything else, but you can't mix coloured glass, and the batteries must be in a little bag next to the boxes, and the cans can't go with the tetra packs, but what about plastic type 4?" there was no doubt about it; recycling caused Steve unnecessary amounts of refusion

Etymology: Refuse - waste /confusion - a state of befuddlement or stress

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