Tigger’s all-night brainstorming leads to dinsomnia

DEFINITION: n. Strange sounds that keep you awake in the middle of the night. v. To lie in bed unable to sleep because you keep hearing weird sounds.

What's that dripping sound?

VERBOTICISMS: (Invented words created by the Verbotomy Writers)

Dinsomnia: /-din-SOM-nee-uh-/ Lying in bed and staring toward the ceiling, Michelle sighed again, kept awake by the dinsomnia that had plagued her every night this week. There were the ‘creekity-creeks’ that Jack had explained were just the roof beams contracting in the cooler evenings, the ‘tick, tick, tick, hiss’ of the hot water pipes, the faint ‘thump, thump, thump’ of the refrigerator in the kitchen, and the ‘drip, drip’ of the leaky bathroom faucet. But what on earth was that ‘clankety, clank’ noise that sounded like it was coming from the attic? It didn’t fit in with the familiar nighttime rhythm, and Michelle winced every time she heard it. Etymology: Din – sound with clamor or persistent repetition (from Old English, dyne “loud noise”) + Insomnia – an inability to sleep; chronic sleeplessness (Latin, insomnia “want of sleep” from in- “not” + somnus “sleep”) Created by: Tigger.

Comments on Dinsomnia:

Nosila, 2008-05-12: 02:13:00
Great minds think alike…? Or is it fools seldom differ????

Tigger, 2008-05-12: 02:37:00
So the saying goes, but to our mutual credit, I’d like to think that I’m a unique sort of fool. You decide.

galwaywegian, 2008-05-12: 12:00:00
had to give you a vote each in the interests of fairness.

Nosila, 2008-05-12: 19:26:00
Too kind, galwaywegian, thanks!

OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-13: 07:26:00
Clever blend!

Knockturnalnozees: /nok-tur-nal-no-zees/ Once again I stumbled out of bed, blurry eyed and sleepless after all the racket from the knockturnalnozees. Etymology: nocturnal + noise + knock + no zzzs Created by: Jabberwocky.

Comments on Knockturnalnozees:

Mustang, 2008-05-12: 23:08:00
Clever blend. Great verboticism

OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-13: 07:20:00
Covers the whole gamut.

Slumberrupt: /Slum-ber-rup-t/ The annoying drip drip drip of that loose tap had left Kelly slumberrupted for days. Was it really that difficult to find a decent plumber in this town?! Etymology: Slumber – sleep; interrupt – to stop/delay Created by: Rutilus.

Comments on Slumberrupt:

Mustang, 2008-05-12: 23:09:00

OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-13: 07:24:00
Yep, good word!

Soundawake: /Sownd-a-wayk/ No wonder Mary was soundawake, it as all her own fault for hearing spooky noises in the middle of the night. She vowed never to watch horror films when she was alone ever again. Etymology: Sound (Virbrations sensed by the ear) Awake (Not asleep, past-awoken) Opposite of sound asleep Created by: TJayzz.

Comments on Soundawake:

Tigger, 2008-05-13: 01:21:00
I liked this one. The only problem – if you don’t immdiately catch the underlying connection to ‘sound-asleep’ it seems like an overly-simple response to the definition, (i.e. it may seem, at first, like you picked 2 words from the definition and stuck them together). Gets my vote though, for the clever double-meaning wordplay.

OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-13: 07:19:00
How true! Reminds me of a fairly recent film, “Eyes Wide Shut”. Excellent word!

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One thought on “Tigger’s all-night brainstorming leads to dinsomnia”

  1. I’ve been using dinsomnia as a user name since 2004, and have defined it on messages boards, when asked, in the same manner as is listed here. Glad to see I’ve arrived.

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