DEFINITION: n. A social network built on the intertwining connections between the people, ideas and things. v. To communicate on social network.

Your hair is attached directly to your brain!

VERBOTICISMS: (Invented words created by the Verbotomy Writers)

Socioneurons: /sose – eyo – new – rons/ The daily interactions with friends, family, and coworkers were the socioneurons that allowed for Miranda’s growth socially as well as philosophically. Etymology: Blend of socio…’society’, and neuron ‘a specialized, impulse-conducting cell that is the functional unit of the nervous system’ Created by: Mustang.

Comments on Socioneurons:

Jabberwocky, 2008-06-26: 10:57:00
very nice

OZZIEBOB, 2008-06-27: 17:55:00
Lovely word.

Affilamentation: /a-fill-a-men-tay-shun/ Humans form deep affilamentations during their lifetimes, beginning with the umbilical cord and continuing with IPODs. Etymology: filament (threadlike fiber) + affiliation (association with society) Created by: Jabberwocky.

Comments on Affilamentation:

TJayzz, 2008-06-26: 08:45:00

Nosila, 2008-06-26: 23:28:00
I guess we are all tied together somehow!

OZZIEBOB, 2008-06-27: 17:54:00

Fiberoptimism: /fy ber op tim izim/ Zoe decided that her destiny rested on the fiberoptimisim of those around her…where she fit into the great skein of things. Spun like the rich tapestry of her life, many people stood out like like gold and silver threads…sew rich in character, shining examples, sterling in their influence and adding value and sparkle to the lives of others. Others were more basic and filled in the background and sketched the pattern, woven with little flair, but constancy and predictability and a good yarn from time to time. Then, of course, there were others, like Uncle George, who became unravelled or frayed if he got needled and always needed to be mended and kept in stitches. Oh yes, Zoe decided, I am going to hoop it up, because if you didn’t give a darn,it could be a crewel world out there! Etymology: fiber (the inherent complex of attributes that determine a persons moral and ethical actions and reactions) & optimisim (a general disposition to expect the best in all things;the optimistic feeling that all is going to turn out well) & fiber optics (the transmission of light signals via glass fibers)

Created by: Nosila.

Comments on Fiberoptimism:

TJayzz, 2008-06-26: 06:40:00
Excellent word

Mustang, 2008-06-26: 08:10:00
A fiberopticism….I like it.

Jabberwocky, 2008-06-26: 10:56:00

OZZIEBOB, 2008-06-27: 17:57:00
Terrific word and sentence.

Corenections: /Kor-nek-shuns/ Lisa thought it very important to have plenty of corenections in life and that was what had made her who she was today. Etymology: Core(Depths of one’s being, the central or most important part) + Connections(a link or relationhip) = Corenections Created by: TJayzz.

Comments on Corenections:

Jabberwocky, 2008-06-26: 10:56:00
great combo

Nosila, 2008-06-26: 23:00:00
not just good…core-ageous!

OZZIEBOB, 2008-06-27: 17:57:00
Very clever.

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Definition Comments:

Verbotomy2008-06-26: 00:01:00

Today’s definition was suggested by Kurt Vonnegut and first appeared in his novel Cat’s Cradle.
Thank you Mr. Vonnegut! ~ James

Uncle Dont is a confirmed antidoter

DEFINITION: A person who, using an example from their own life, steers people away from a line of speculation by reducing it to an absurdity.

When I was your age, all I had was a lead pencil and a wooden brain!

VERBOTICISMS: (Invented words created by the Verbotomy Writers)

Antidoter: /anti-dote-er/ Joe was an antidoter who always had an antidote from his wonderful past for his young nieces and nephews as to why they should not to do anything. Because Joe was an antidoter, his family called him Uncle Don’t. Etymology: ANTIDOTER – noun – from ANTI (a person who is opposed to a particular practice, or action) + ANECDOTE (a short account of a particular incident, or event of an interesting, or amusing nature, often biographical) Created by: Stevenson0.

Comments on Antidoter:

Nosila, 2008-06-25: 21:49:00
Good word, his wife must be an Auntidoter!

OZZIEBOB, 2008-06-26: 07:01:00
Great word.

Reminosence: /re-mi-no-sens/ Whenever she tried to have a meaningful chat with her boyfriend about where their relationship was headed he would veer off topic with crazy reminosenses. Etymology: reminiscence + no sense Created by: Jabberwocky.

Comments on Reminosence:

OZZIEBOB, 2008-06-25: 09:37:00
Very good word.

Nosila, 2008-06-25: 21:55:00
Why is it that the road to ruin is the future part of the stroll down memory lane?

Nonfollyer: /non fol lee yer/ Colin was a nonfollyer and he wanted to ensure than his daughter, Colina, became a nonfollyer,too. Although he encouraged independence in her, the truth was they were so much alike, it was scary. She had his hair, skin and eye colours;matching outfits; liked the same foods and tv shows and of course the name thingy. If Norman Bates were a girl and Mrs., Bates was her Dad, that would describe Colin & Colina. He tried his best to teach her his values and for her to learn from his own poor examples, but Colina was going to be her own woman, no matter how much influence he thought he had over her. She decided long ago that her first order of business would be to move away from her Dad and leave their home, the Bates Motel…just in case a male Janet Lee ever came to stay with them…that would require Psycho-analysis for sure! Etymology: non (not,not at all or in no way) & folly (foolish or senseless behavior;the trait of acting stupidly or rashly the quality of being rash and foolish;a stupid mistake) & follower (someone who travels behind or pursues another; one who imitates others)

Created by: Nosila.

Comments on Nonfollyer:

Mustang, 2008-06-25: 02:32:00
Deck the halls with vows of folly? Good word!

Jabberwocky, 2008-06-25: 12:25:00

Flashyak: /\ˈflash\ yak\
/ “Kill me now” little Lisa thought as her Dad spew forth another reason she couldnt get a new computer whilst having another flashyak. Etymology: Combination of Flash meaning to appear suddenly :an idea flashes into her mind or to move with great speed and Yak: to talk persistently to chatter Created by: hooterbug.

Comments on Flashyak:

wordmeister, 2008-06-26: 11:02:00
good one!

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Definition Comments:

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Today’s definition was suggested by Kurt Vonnegut and first appeared in his novel Cat’s Cradle.
Thank you Mr. Vonnegut! ~ James

Leashentious girlfriend puts her boyfriend on a choker

DEFINITION: A person who wants to monopolize all of someone’s love and tries to prevent them from sharing it with others.

Why were you looking at that girl?

VERBOTICISMS: (Invented words created by the Verbotomy Writers)

Leashentious: /leash-en-shush/ Sally was so leashentious that she bought her boyfriend a special choker that was electronically hooked up to her earrings so that she could monitor his behavior. This way she could prevent him from having illicit leashaisons. Etymology: leash + licentious Created by: Jabberwocky.

Comments on Leashentious:

Nosila, 2008-06-24: 20:28:00
Good one…you need to get them into Walmart for Christmas!

OZZIEBOB, 2008-06-25: 06:41:00
good word;like the story too.

Reindear: /rayn Рdeer/ Elizabeth is a veritable reindear, keeping her fianc̩, Duke, on a very short leash, seldom letting him out of her sight and dominating most of his time thereby making sure that other women were kept at bay. Etymology: Blend of rein (means of controlling) and dear Created by: Mustang.

Comments on Reindear:

Jabberwocky, 2008-06-24: 16:13:00
like it

Nosila, 2008-06-24: 20:25:00
Love it…is she also a care-ibou? You sleigh me!

Domimator: /dom-i-mate-or/ Because of Jenny’s insecurities, when she is in a relationship she needs to be a total domimator. She domimates to the point of completely controlling and smothering Joe, her boyfriend. Etymology: DOMIMATOR – noun – from DOMINATOR + MATE Created by: Stevenson0.

Comments on Domimator:

Mustang, 2008-06-24: 08:17:00
I think I dated her way back when.

Programouriste: /proh GRAM-oor-IS-teh/ Roxie was starting to think that a “binary” approach was needed to have Bob’s love 24/7. Computer savy, she thought that a amicrochip behind the ear might just do the job.(Look how intensely she’s studying his ear) An amonopolist she was; an enthralling programouriste she planned to be. Watch out Bob! Remember today’s science fiction is tomorrow’s reality. Etymology: PROGRAM: To train to perform automatically in a desired way; to train to behave in a predetermined way; a systematic plan for the automatic solution of a problem by a computer. AMOUR: love or desire,” from Anglo-Fr. + ISTE: one who practices (the Old French form.) Created by: OZZIEBOB.

Comments on Programouriste:

Jabberwocky, 2008-06-24: 16:12:00
very funny

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Today’s definition was suggested by Kurt Vonnegut and first appeared in his novel Cat’s Cradle.
Thank you Mr. Vonnegut! ~ James

Metrohumanx’s sweet sounding placebalm covers the truth

DEFINITION: A harmless untruth, intended to comfort simple souls.

Yeah, I'm in heaven now.

VERBOTICISMS: (Invented words created by the Verbotomy Writers)

Placebalm: /PLUH-CEE-BALM/ I told the panic-stricken crown that all would be well.
It was only a PLACEBALM, but it was sorely needed. Etymology: PLACEBO-a harmless sugar pill which can have therapeutic results.
BALM- a soothing salve or ointment. Created by: metrohumanx.

Comments on Placebalm:

OZZIEBOB, 2008-06-24: 08:12:00
Very pleasant word.

Comfiberate: /com fib er rate/ Jessie was able to comfiberate her young son with the lore of Santa Claus, The Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy to help him understand and look forward to special holidays and events. Finding a comfiberation for Halloween was a lot harder to do, especially when Uncle Les insisted on dressing up as a female, Aunt Dorothy, each October 31st as well as on many other occasions during the year…
Etymology: comfort ( give moral or emotional strength to or a feeling of freedom from worry or disappointment) & fib (tell a relatively insignificant lie)& liberate(to free from confinement or ideas) Created by: Nosila.

Comments on Comfiberate:

lumina, 2008-06-23: 22:54:00
Great word AND hilarious usage!

OZZIEBOB, 2008-06-24: 08:08:00
Good word and sentence.

Foma: /fo-ma/ Nothing in this book is true. “Live by the foma* that make you brave and kind and healthy and happy.” The Books of Bokonon. I: 5 Etymology: Created by Kurt Vonnegut for Cat’s Cradle, published in 1963. Created by: vonnegut.

Plafibo: /pla-FEE-bo/ “What do I say?” thought Bob. That was what he had been asking himself all week. But Roxie’s questions were flying faster than any of his answers were coming in to land. He needed a plafibo to allay her fears; he hoped he would find one before she found out that he had lost the tickets for their upcoming overseas trip. Etymology: PLACEBO: ME from Latin: I shall be pleased;an innocuous or inert medication; given as a pacifier & FIB: a small trivial lie, minor falsehood. Created by: OZZIEBOB.

Comments on Plafibo:

Jabberwocky, 2008-06-23: 16:03:00

lumina, 2008-06-23: 22:55:00
Good one!

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Today’s definition was suggested by Kurt Vonnegut and first appeared in his novel Cat’s Cradle.
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The Verbotomy Interview: Rikboyee

Verbotomy Game Inventor, James Gang, chats with Vonnegut Week’s Winning Verbotomist, Rikboyee!

James Gang: Congratulations for winning top spot at Verbotomy this week! You can see the final results at: Now would you be wiling to share a few of your trade secrets with us? I would like to ask you about your creative approach? What do you do? How do you consistently come up with such great verboticisms?

Rikboyee: Most the time they just pop. I tend to be a word masher. If I am struggling for ideas I do have a look at what other people are coming up with… And recently I have also gone to for inspiration.

James Gang: What about Kurt Vonnegut? Are you a KV fan? And did you find the Verbotomy word challenges harder, or easier, during KV week?

Rikboyee: I am a MASSIVE KV fan. He is my all time favourite author. I have read all of his books. [Except for his most recent collection of short musing. Oh, and Palm Sunday, but it’s only a matter of time] Slapstick is my favourite book of all time. I didn’t find it any harder this week. Some definitions were tricky. Some not so hard.

James Gang: Obviously, being a big KV Fan certainly help your on Vonnegut Week. You game up some truly Vonnegutian words. Now let me ask you about Verbotomy. If there was anything you could change about the game, what would it be?

The voting and scoring system is a bit exploitable. Especially now there are prizes up for grabs. Someone could join the site on a prize week, make up 20 words from the backlog of definitions and end up with 220 points. Then they’d most likely win the week without even scoring a single vote. That would suck.

James Gang:
Actually the weekly scoring system capped so that you only get points for the first five words that you create in a given week. This makes it fair for everyone. But it does seem weird when a new player creates 5 word on the first day then appears to jump way ahead of the pack. However, these rabbits are capped and the rest of the steady player (retortises all) will catch them. But this is something we are working on and will fix.

Rikboyee: And with prizes it also makes it hard to vote honestly… Should I vote for that awesome word even though it will mean that person will end up ahead of me on the ladder? It’s a moral dilemma., I can tell you.

James Gang: Yes prizes and incentives do changes things, and make it a little more complicated. But after watching players create hundreds of words, I think that the best words do rise to the top.

Is it possible to keep the authors and running totals secret until after you’ve cast your votes? And should it be compulsory to have out your votes in before you can submit your next word? Oh and I’ve often thought you shouldn’t be able to vote until the next day. So that all the words have been submitted before anyone can vote. So basically each day you go to the site, there’s a new definition and a complete list of yesterday’s words (with the authors and running totals hidden), and you have to put in your 2 votes before you can submit a new word. Or something like that…

James Gang:
Save the voting until tomorrow. Yes, I call it the Yesterday Voting System. A few people have suggested that idea. In fact, when I first designed the game that is how I thought it would work. And in the first prototypes, people could not see, or vote for any other words, until the following day. However it seemed unsatisfying, because this is the internet, and everyone is used to getting all the information they want instantly. People want immediate feedback. That’s why we have opened it up and allowed to see everyone to see and vote on everyone else’s words. And for me, one of the most entertaining things is ready the comments that everyone makes on each other words. I think that it promotes group’s overall creativity…

Of course if a lot of Verbotomy Writers want to use the Yesterday Voting System, we could test it out again.

Rikboyee: I’d also like some sort of Overall Scoreboard…instead of just week to week.

James Gang:
Yes, that would be a good idea! It’s on the drawing board. We are getting near the end of our conversation, would you like to suggest a Verbotomy Definition?

Rikboyee: I would feel wrong suggesting a definition, because then if I came up with a good word for it. it would seem a bit ‘convenient’.

James Gang:
Yes very convenient, In fact it is a convenience, to which several players have opportuned themselves. Anyways, I want to thank you for taking the time to chat with me. And once again I congratulate you on your terrific victory on Vonnegut Week. I have received the hardcover copy of the Cat’s Cradle, and as added bonus for you, it appears to be a 1963 edition, so it must be a collector’s item! I will mail it to you this week. I am sure that as “Massive KV fan” you will treasure it!

Rikboyee: Thanks for your awesome site. I am a shameless Verbotomy addict (found your site through JayisGames) and the fact that you had a Vonnegut tribute just reinforces that I am amongst like-minded folk.