Aaaaaahh! It’s alive!

DEFINITION: n. The unexpected moment of horror when you realize that you’re sharing your bathroom shower with thousands of rapidly replicating fungi, commonly known as orange slime. v. intr. To be colonized by orange slime.

Aaaaaaahh! It's alive!

VERBOTICISMS: (Invented words created by the Verbotomy Writers)

Ewwwreeeka: /ewww reeek aahh/ the ewwreeeka moment in the shower usually occurs backwards; AAAh (standing under the shower), Reek (that strange smell you notice which makes you open your eyes), then the Ewww as you see the onward marching gunk! Etymology: ewww , reek, eureka. Created by: galwaywegian.

Comments on Ewwwreeeka:

Jabberwocky, 2007-10-31: 10:47:00
No no ewwwreeeka – I smell like a field of wildflowers

purpleartichokes, 2007-10-31: 18:38:00

Jacoozie: /jac-oozy/ Her bathtub which was had once been a place for quiet relaxation and meditation had been transformed into a jacoozie teaming with microscopic wildlife. Etymology: jacuzzi + ooze Created by: Jabberwocky.

Comments on Jacoozie:

galwaywegian, 2007-10-31: 07:46:00

Funghast: /fuhng-gast/ As he leapt from the diving board Leonard was overcome with funghast when he looked down to see the water in the pool was a pea-soup green color. Etymology: Fungus: Latin; fungus, mushroom; perh. akin to Gk spóngos, sphóngos + Aghast: Old English; gǣstan to frighten Created by: xirtam.

Sporror: /spor-rer/ Initially, Leigh thought it was peach shampoo, but when she reached down to further examine the orange stuff clinging to the shower curtain, she recoiled in sporror. Etymology: spore, horror Created by: purpleartichokes.

Comments on Sporror:

Jabberwocky, 2007-10-31: 10:49:00

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Definition Comments:

Verbotomy2007-10-31: 00:40:00
Today we have a special “scary” definition just for Halloween. It was suggested by purpleartichokes, who not only sent in a photo of bathroom suffering from such an infestation (It is not hers!), but who also offered to model for today’s comic. Thank you purpleartichokes! ~ James

Verbotomy2007-10-31: 01:21:00
VERBOTOMY BLOG PARTY: November 1, 2007 is Verbotomy’s first birthday! We are having a Blog Party to celebrate. Everybody is invited to the Verbotomy Blog to chat. All comments will be published as soon as you post them, so bring your favorite words and definitions and we’ll chat. Go to Talk to you then! ~ James

purpleartichokes2007-10-31: 04:57:00
James – thanks for hiding my cellulite! And that shower curtain… sure glad it’s not MINE!

Jabberwocky2007-10-31: 13:55:00
busted Purple – those signature artichokes are a dead giveaway

purpleartichokes2007-10-31: 14:37:00
Oh well… found out. And they do clash with the orange slime. Guess I should decorate in Tangerines.

The gossip around here is worse than high school

DEFINITION: v. tr. To complain and complain about a problem without ever taking action to correct it. n. A complaint about something which you can fix but choose not to.

The gossip around here is awful.

VERBOTICISMS: (Invented words created by the Verbotomy Writers)

Grouchpotato: /grouch-po-ta-toe/ David was a grouchpotato. He constantly complained but took no action and wound up with “secretary spread” on his hips. Etymology: couch potato/grouch Created by: toadstool57.

Whinertia: /wine-ER-sha/ Having perfected the fine art of complaining about everything and solving nothing, she could have run for Governor of the state of whinertia — and won in a landslide. Etymology: whine (and/or whiner) + inertia Created by: Katisms1.

Longwhineded: /long-wine-did/ The head trader was so longwhineded that the constant cacophony he created garnered him the distinction of being known as a whine expert. Etymology: long winded (constant) + whine Created by: Jabberwocky.

Deridleness: /di-RAHYD-l-nis/ Gracie’s incessant deridling was symptomatic of her untenable hypocrisycophancy. She was even heard complaining to the boss about the tissues in her own wastebasket. Etymology: deride + idleness Created by: Clayton.

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When I said that you’re a loser, I meant it as a compliment

DEFINITION: v. tr. to exercise power through the strategic use of personal insults, while pretending to offer encouragement. n. A leader who uses such methods.

When I said that you're a loser, I meant is a compliment.

VERBOTICISMS: (Invented words created by the Verbotomy Writers)

Condemnagog: /kun-dem-ah-gog/ At the meeting, we counted six insults proffered by Frank, the condemnagog, including one subtle double-slam on the presenter’s mentor. Etymology: condemn, demagog Created by: purpleartichokes.

Mockliment: /-ˈmÉ‘kləˌmÉ›nt-/ It wasn’t the fact that he mocklimented everyone that was so annoying; it was the fact that he seemed to think everyone was too stupid to notice. Etymology: From compliment + mock Created by: ErWenn.

Demeanager: /duh-meen-aj-err/ he liked his job but he couldn’t stand his new demeanager Etymology: demean, manager Created by: rikboyee.

Humiliaid: /hyoo-mil-ee-eyd/ Rachel would humiliaid every salesman in the department. She ripped every salesman apart personally then pushed them to exceed last month’s sales targets. Etymology: humiliate + aid Created by: Stevenson0.

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I think this is a game of hide and seek.

DEFINITION: n. A momentary feeling of relief mixed with lingering dread, which occurs when your boss marches past the piles of unfinished work on your desk.

I think this is a game of hide and seek.

VERBOTICISMS: (Invented words created by the Verbotomy Writers)

Intraypidation: /in-tray-pid-ay-shun/ whenever i became too overwhelmed with intraypidation i would head to the kitchen for a bit of subterfridge Etymology: in tray, intrepid, trepidation Created by: rikboyee.

Allayoffment: /al-ay-off-ment/ A wave of allayoffment passed over him as he narrowly escaped being asked to produce last week’s revenue figures. Etymology: allayment (relief) + lay off (as in being fired) Created by: Jabberwocky.

Deskapism: /desk ape isum/ the euphoria of deskapism evaporated when the vp’s number lit up his intercom. Etymology: desk, escapism Created by: galwaywegian.

Bossgumps: /BAWS-guhmps / Jeremy got bossgumps every time Mr. Schmidt passed his desk to examine his ever-mounting horriPILEation. (D’oh!) It was getting so he didn’t even have a chance to play Dr. Mario anymore. Etymology: boss + goose bumps (sorta) Created by: Clayton.

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GUST: Verbotomy for Office Politicians

You may be surprised to hear this, but many people play or visit Verbotomy while they are at work. There is no doubt that these players and readers are doing this because they want to sharpen their creative thinking skills and their vocabularies, so that ultimately they can provide more value to their employers!

Of course, while you are sharpening your vocabulary, many of your co-workers may misinterpret this effort, and get a little huffy and puffy. Yes, you may be unwittingly stirring up a the winds of Office Politics. And that’s why, all next week, we are focusing on Verbotomy on the issues and words that surround office politics. And not only will be be raising the issues, but we will be helping you find the answers. Office Politics expert, author and accomplisment adviser, Timothy Johnson (, will be sharing his words of wisdom with us. And he has promised up a signed copy of his newest book GUST: The “Tale” Wind of Office Politics, as prize for our top verbotomist.

Gust: the tale wind of office politics

GUST: Verbotomy for Office Politicians

GUST is an acronym which Timothy created to describe his process for approaching, understanding and managing office politics:

  • Game – figure out what is being manipulated and the source of friction
  • Understand – determine what is behind the players, the behaviors, and the motivations
  • Strategize – establish an approach that will get you as close to win-win as possible
  • Take Action – get your ducks in a row as you implement your political strategy

In his book, Timothy takes this approach and wraps it into a tale — an engaging office politics fable — so that you can see how it works in the real office environment. It is entertaining and useful. Of course, when I was reading the book I could not help but imagine how GUST would apply to Verbotomy, and being somewhat addicted to word games, I decided to play around with Timothy’s words. And so, here is my verbotomized GUST for the Verbotomy Players:

  • Gamalphabeta – figure out how to manipulate the letters, and the definition, to create a source of fiction
  • Underpoof – determine what is behind definition (the players, the behaviors, and the motivations) so that you can spoof it properly
  • Stratiggy – establish an creative approach that will get your verboticism as close to the pig-win as possible
  • Take Quaction – get your ducks, and your words, and your votes, in a row as you implement your apolitical strategy

If you have an idea for an Verbotomy definition that would fit into our GUST office politics theme week, please submit it on our definition page. We have already had some wonderfully fun, and incredibly funny ideas for special office politics rules.  Read the comments on posted “This is the real me!

For more creative ideas and tips for handling Office Politics see Timothy Johnson’s blog at: And check out his answers at

Official Stuff:

The winner will be chosen based on the final stats on the Verbotomy Weekly Author Ranking for the week starting on Monday May 21, 2007.

Prize: GUST: The ‘Tale” Wind of Office Politics, Trade Paperback Edition. (Approximate Retail Value $14.95 US.)
Contest Start Date: June 11, 2007 at 12:01:00 am EDT
Contest End Date: June 17 2007 at 11:59:00 pm EDT

For Weekly Author Ranking see:

For complete contest rules and regulations please see our Verbotomy Contest Rules and Regulations.