Verboticism: Gasptropod

'Omigod! She's goosing me!'

DEFINITION: v. To gasp and go rigid with shock when someone unexpectedly hugs you. n. The gasping sound, and associated rigid body reaction, which a person who is "not comfortable with physical intimacy", emits when they are unexpectedly hugged.

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Pronunciation: gahsp-troh-pohd

Sentence: It was a beautiful day. Amelia, a social butterfly, was chairperson of the Friendly Acres Welcoming Committee. Her job was to meet and greet new arrivals to the neighborhood and deliver a basket of household goodies. After knocking several times on the front door of the newly arrived Mollusk family, imagine Amelia's shock when Mrs. Mollusk (whose husband was a snailmail man) inhaled sharply when Amelia extended her hand to introduce herself. She was even more shocked when Mrs. Mollusk instructed the children at her foot to hide. Mrs. Mollusk then slammed the door and quickly retreated into her house. As Amelia walked back down the Mollusks somewhat slimy, but shimmering-in-the-sunshine pathway, she decided the Mollusks must be the gasptropods of the neighborhood.

Etymology: Playing with GASTROPOD, a snail or slug, single-shelled, muscular organ of locomotion

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Comments: Gasptropod

silveryaspen - 2009-04-06: 17:55:00
Oh, no! They shunned your friendly graspopaweds! No shellouts in this family! Very unique etymology.

Jabberwocky - 2009-04-07: 09:48:00
very clever