DEFINITION: v. To greet a person on the phone in rude or obnoxious manner, and then do your best to ignore, or talk over, whatever they say as the conversation continues. n. A person with atrocious phone manners.

Hello? Hello? Is this customer service?

VERBOTICISMS: (Invented words created by the Verbotomy Writers)

Operantor: /Opp – uhr – RANT – er/ Hildegarde hated her job as a customer service representative and took every opportunity to respond with her mean mouth operantor persona. Etymology: Blend of operator and ranter. Created by: Mustang.

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bookowl, 2008-04-16: 15:04:00

Tigger, 2008-04-16: 23:04:00
Clever angle — great word!

Viletone: /vial tone/ Helen worked at the Help Desk of her company’s IT Dept. Hah, Helen thought,Help Desk was an oxymoron of a name for it. She went out of her way to ensure that Help Desk was an ironic choice of name. Whenever those moronic employees would call about their petty issues, she’d snidely say things like: “Is your computer plugged in? Did you turn it on yet? How can you be so stupid as to not know the terminology? Call us back when you get a clue!”
She was always cutting people off, swearing at them and taking out her bad moods by being a viletone with the callers. Her co-workers cringed when she answered the phone and they felt pity for the poor slob on the other end of the line.
That was until one day when she picked the wrong client to offend. After viletoning him for ten minutes, Helen was left speechless to find that she had bad-mouthed her boss. Bill Gates told her that she would never have to worry about hating her job again… Etymology: vile (thoroughly unpleasant, morally reprehensible,nasty, offensive,despicable) & tone (the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people,the elastic tension of living muscles, arteries, etc. that facilitate response to stimuli) & dial tone (sound given by telephone exchange to show line is clear to make a call) Created by: Nosila.

Phonewitch: /phōn-wich/ Becky was an angry employee. She worked late nights at a call center with a hundred other telephone customer service representatives. It was not a job that suited her, for she was a phonewitch extraordinaire. Bitter about life in general, she took it out on the random caller who happened upon her. Sometimes she would answer, “Please hold while I finish filing my nails,” or “Sorry, but we’ve reached our quota on stupid calls.” Other times she would mumble unintelligently until the customer would hang up. When she was feeling particularly good, she would instigate arguments until the customer asked for the manager, at which she would put them on hold for a while and then get back on and pretend she was the manager. Etymology: phone + witch : also, phonebitch Created by: arrrteest.

Comments on Phonewitch:

pieceof314, 2008-04-16: 08:54:00
hehehe, I wish I could do that sometimes!

Gotohello: /go-to-hell-o/ She always answered the phone with a grating nasty “Gotohello”. Then she would continue with a long string of erfhwask lu qkweuydcbwouiycqiuowqbyecqy ksdjgcskca kwejhf mdn sd, fj wdajrhwe iud woiur efukows eriuh rtudx rweiu eip vi uwer e er uerj erilhfriu eriu er iou erniuefsh ueher iopueroiereroiger(o) grekj hgetk;ud fhgo ji hbgr;seodiruvkudhfekjghrfcku viuenhvcfoiweunrviuerwvceui uewrbviuervgen wc iuer ieru vjh rvui hcr jhciu vriv esg iwgaefiucbiusa wyeuigfc i wer gfwerugfi uewrh f wiuf viuerfuifiphygreiu ksadjhfkjvsdfhf jklhrfveuiowrhfgoiuerv ojkdfkjhsauitryubnw vwebyt evefjknbb dsrjhewrouibn jihercb vroui erobiuvwebn veu ery bv e vunierniv e veio ueroiueroui ervstr oui tvegoi oi erv tuio vitrg oitrv i eruitv iourvtoier fgv iusdfio dvgof dfioig oi sv toi dgrioghdroi trouitogfi u teiutrioh uoritu goiut geuiogt oiu retugojiiouveojhvilr eruioh gkuevohoef nel hjglktrhjg eroruith go eguhrtoh gvuhb trjdlhi fbgn troitr jgoikjnbligj oijt roijiotrj troijt hrod jkfd hobgofgihj tuj trgio hgoog id gfiofg oi gfoi jhg dguoh og hji oi goigf iogfih oijg sritvujeoriuvng cjhsdbfviehgv sieuh sodfh kjr jrhfsd sa psgfsdhhfg fdkgjhg jgfkslng gapotruiy otui ofih ktjhntn fngfjgy tgjgjg kfjgjgnvkdfl poeoeyrn djjfjfghjhhjhjytoiu yjrtrtuyn yrk. Ooge eortu rtjgji ioodfhbt salker gkklt drkhjthg kgjyn. And finish with “Goodbye jackass”. Etymology: go + to + hello Created by: Stevenson0.

Comments on Gotohello:

Jabberwocky, 2008-04-16: 15:02:00
glad you got that off your chest?

Tigger, 2008-04-16: 23:01:00
Sorry, didn’t catch that. Can you please repeat it?

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Verbotomy2008-04-16: 00:01:00
Today’s definition was suggested by stache. Thank you stache. ~ James


DEFINITION: v. To call a phone “help line” and spend 45 minutes pushing buttons and screaming at dumb voice-recognition system, before being automatically disconnected. n. A push-button or voice-activated phone menu system designed to irritate those who use it.

Please listen carefully as our menu has recently changed...

VERBOTICISMS: (Invented words created by the Verbotomy Writers)

Limboloop: /lim-boe-loop/ Jason knew that as soon as the computer started acting funny he had to call the customer service hotline. This frustrated him to no end because he knew that he would have to enter in the model number, serial number, the product code and the color of the unit before he even got to the limboloop hell of regional call centers, problem troubleshooting, cream and sugar preference, and choice of wait time muzak, only to have to give the same information when transfered to a human voice with a Irish Catholic name and an Indian accent. Etymology: limbo, a place or state of oblivion to which persons or things are regarded as being relegated when cast aside, forgotten, past, or out of date + loop,Something having a shape, order, or path of motion that is circular or curved over on itself. Created by: arrrteest.

Comments on Limboloop:

Mustang, 2008-04-15: 03:34:00
Great word. Matches the definition very nicely.

Oblivicurse: /uh-bliv-eh-kers/ Jonesy had a secret life. Under the happy facade or bubbliness and congeniality, she was really a curmudgeon and a misanthrope. She was a call center operator script engineer. She was responsible for the impossible recursive loop design that would often frustrate callers. With each possible combination, she would oblivicurse the respondant with a multitude of irrelavent, ambiguous and time consuming questions that would often lead the person back to the beginning. With this, she would sit down and smile darkly. Etymology: Oblivion + Curse Created by: pieceof314.

Comments on Oblivicurse:

Nosila, 2008-04-14: 19:43:00
Like that one, pieceof314…I just knew those IT types belonged to convens and every company has them!

Menuisance: /men-yoo’-sance/ Jamagra discovered she could menuance her way through many menuisances by simply pressing “0” as soon as the list of “pressing” alternatives began. Etymology: “menuisance” – menu + nuisance
“menuance” – menu + nuance Created by: Jamagra.

Digigeridoo: /dij-i-uh-ree-doo/ Whenever I phone Bell Canada, our national phone company for service, I always encounter the digigeridoo system, which encompasses pressing hundreds of buttons which only produces unintelligible irritating voice activated drone sounds and than a very clear “Thank you for calling Bell”. Etymology: digit + didgeridoo (a musical instrument of Australian Aborigines that creates a low drone sound) Created by: Stevenson0.

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Definition Comments:

Verbotomy2008-04-14: 00:01:00

Today’s definition was suggested by silveryaspen. Thank you silveryaspen. ~ James

Jamagra2008-04-14: 07:25:00
I miss silveryaspen.

Mustang2008-04-15: 03:35:00
Where did silveryaspen go?

Verbotomy2008-04-15: 16:59:00

Silveryaspen has retired from active duty. But I am sure she is still creating Verboticisms in her head and saying wonderful things about all the Verbotomy Writers! ~ James

Mustang2008-04-16: 06:26:00
She is missed. She did indeed say some very nice things about Verbotomizers.


DEFINITION: v. To have a medical condition or illness and yet continually deny it, even after your doctor has diagnosed it. n. A person who steadfastly refuses to accept a medical diagnosis or to follow the prescribed treatment.

Are you sure that you don't have athlete's foot?

VERBOTICISMS: (Invented words created by the Verbotomy Writers)

Denyagnosis: /dee nye yag no sis/ Dr. Pepper (wouldn’t you like to be a Pepper, too?) wondered why Phyllis came to see him at all. No matter what her test results revealed, it was always a denyagnosis with her. She refused to believe him and always said, emphatically, “That’s not what’s gonna kill me!” When he told her she had hypertension, high cholesterol, out of whack blood sugar, lung cancer from the 4 packs a day she smoked, cataracts, an ailing liver, arthritis, incontinence, a dodgy hip and a dicky ticker, she refused medicines and treatments that would extend her life. She always said, “That’s not what’s gonna kill me!” She was definitely a denyagnosister. As it turned out, Phyllis was right. Although 89 years of age and less than spry, she got herself involved in a steamy affair with a hearing aid salesman named Norman, who was 20 years her junior. He could not get her to buy a hearing aid, because, of course, she did not have a hearing problem (What? What hearing problem?). No, instead her best friend, Mabel, became irately jealous. She found out her toy boy, Norman, was flogging his wares at Phyllis’ condo in the Rio de NoHairo Tower of their senior’s home, Samuel de Complain Chateau. Mabel stormed over to Phyllis’ swinging bachelorette pad one dark evening and opened the door to find Norman and Phyllis locked in a passionate embrace, wearing only their Depends. Mabel pulled out her Smith & Wesson and dispatched them both to that big Bingo Hall in the sky. A week later, Dr.Pepper attended Phyllis’ lavish funeral and she had the last laugh when he read her tombstone: “I told you…That’s not what killed me!” Etymology: deny (refuse to accept or believe) & diagnosis (identifying the nature or cause of some phenomenon) & No ( no means no; not in any degree or manner; not at all, never in a million years, no way Jose, fuhgettaboutit)

Created by: Nosila.

Comments on Denyagnosis:

galwaywegian, 2008-04-09: 07:19:00
the gunnerRio got her in the end. Brilliant!

purpleartichokes, 2008-04-09: 16:18:00
Great word (first one that popped into my head this AM). Love the story as well!

Medicashun: /med-i-kay-shun/ Because of a severe overdose of an incorrect prescription ten years ago, John goes into a medicashun mode refusing to take any drugs his doctor prescribes for his ailments. Etymology: medicine + shun Created by: Stevenson0.

Hypocontradictria: /hypo-contra-dic-treea/ Someone suffering from hypocontradictria disagrees with all medical diagnoses. Etymology: hypochondria + contradict Created by: bookowl.

Deniailment: /deny-ailment/ Even though his eyelids were stuck together when he woke up and his eyes were red and full of pus, he refused to consider that he might have pink eye and insisted he just had morning allergies. Etymology: denial + ailment Created by: Jabberwocky.

Comments on Deniailment:

OZZIEBOB, 2008-04-09: 20:48:00
Good word containing both denail & illness(ailment).

Mustang, 2008-04-10: 03:35:00
Best of the day. Good one!

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Verbotomy2008-04-09: 00:01:00

Today’s definition was suggested by remistram. Thank you remistram. ~ James


DEFINITION: v. To be frustrated by a driver who is blocking the road by strictly observing the “suggested” speed limits. n. A driver who ignores the rules of the road by driving very slowly (i.e. at the legal limit) in the fast lane.

What are you doing in the fast lane?!!

VERBOTICISMS: (Invented words created by the Verbotomy Writers)

Slowtorist: /slo-tur-ist/ I was late for work again due to a slowtorist driving the speed limit in the passing “lame”. Etymology: slow, motorist Created by: purpleartichokes.

Comments on Slowtorist:

Jabberwocky, 2008-04-07: 12:53:00
funny word

Jamagra, 2008-04-07: 13:56:00
oooo.. I hate getting stuck behind people in the passing lame. Great word.

OZZIEBOB, 2008-04-07: 20:37:00
Good word- I considered: “Sloffeur” and “Snaileur”

Carstipate: /kahr-stuh-PEYT/ Whilst driving Bob slow, dribble-to -rule approach left a long line of carstipated drivers behind him. Etymology: Blend of CAR & CONSTIPATE: prevent passage through; impede; crowd together Created by: OZZIEBOB.

Comments on Carstipate:

Jamagra, 2008-04-07: 14:05:00
I can just hear a traffic reporter saying “The highway is carstipated” instead of “congested”. Love it!

Jabberwocky, 2008-04-07: 16:46:00
hate those traffic fumes

purpleartichokes, 2008-04-07: 18:10:00
Love it! Yep, a great word to describe a traffic jam.

arrrteest, 2008-04-07: 20:58:00
It’s a natural!

Nosila, 2008-04-08: 01:49:00
Bob, it makes me think you fuel up with prune juice! Great word…very binding!

Softbagel14, 2008-04-08: 23:38:00
love it!

Meanderthal: /me-an’-der-thol

/ “Hey, meanderthal!!! You’re doing 55 miles per hour on the freaking freeway! Find the long pedal on the right and USE IT,” Sam shouted at the elderly man in the Dodge Dart. “Meanderthalled again,” grumbled Sam. Etymology: meanderthal – meander (to wander aimlessly) + Neanderthal Created by: Jamagra.

Comments on Meanderthal:

Jabberwocky, 2008-04-07: 12:52:00
great word

OZZIEBOB, 2008-04-07: 20:33:00

Accelerangst: /ax-sell-er-angst/ Philip was in a hurry, which seemed like what 99% of the suburbanites were most of the time. He just moved farther outside his comfort zone of freeways and fast moving cars to the fringes where the slow rural life abuts the encroaching planned neighborhoods. He thought having a bigger house and a lawn to mow would be a step up for him. Little did he know he would now be butting heads, or bumpers, with wandering livestock or an occassional combine. However now he seemed to find himself accelerangst up behind slow moving pickups, shaking his fist and downing a few swigs of Mylanta in one hand while honking his horn with the other. Etymology: accelerate + angst Created by: arrrteest.

Comments on Accelerangst:

purpleartichokes, 2008-04-07: 18:08:00
Good word! The sentence reminds me of what I’ve soon got to deal with – the inevitable chicken(s) crossing the road and the farmer on the tractor who is oblivious to any cars behind him.

OZZIEBOB, 2008-04-07: 20:39:00
Good Blend

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Verbotomy2008-04-07: 00:01:00

Today’s definition was suggested by stache and Biscotti. Thank you stache and Biscotti. ~ James

arrrteest2008-04-07: 17:40:00
A friend of mine always said, “Beware of old men in hats driving Buicks.”

I remember driving up the NJ Turnpike at 75MPH and pushing 80 in the right lane and being flashed by motorists thinking I was going too slow!

purpleartichokes2008-04-07: 18:03:00

My dad always said “Beware of men smoking cigars and driving station wagons.” Wouldn’t ya know, my first close call was with one of them?


DEFINITION: v. To pick up a piece of lint from the floor that your vacuum missed, and then drop it in front of the vacuum again, to give the vacuum another chance to suck it up. n. A piece of lint that a vacuum will not pick up.

Let's try this again with extra suction.

VERBOTICISMS: (Invented words created by the Verbotomy Writers)

Obstilint: /ob-stuh-lint/ Bits of wool, small strands of thread and other pieces of tiny clothing fuzz on the carpet are just too obstilint for my Hoover vacuum to pick up on the first run so I have to manually assist their trip to the dirt bag. Etymology: obstinate + lint Created by: Stevenson0.


excellint! – Jabberwocky, 2008-04-04: 08:37:00

Nice word! – Banky, 2008-04-04: 10:02:00

Great word! – purpleartichokes, 2008-04-04: 20:09:00

Great word, StevO – OZZIEBOB, 2008-04-07: 05:03:00

Malevolint: /mal-ev-o-lant/ Jill and her super sucker are no match for the malevolint fiber clinging to the carpet. She tries sucking it, pulling it, and picking it. She finally decides it’s easier to call the local store to change the carpet in the room. Etymology: malevolent,(evil,harmful)/lint(fiber) Created by: toadstool57.


nice – bookowl, 2008-04-04: 15:55:00

Revacuee: /ree-vak-you-ee/ She would have been done vacuuming 10 minutes ago, but she got fuzztrated with a five-time revacuee. Etymology: re-vacuum, evacuee Created by: purpleartichokes.


excellent purple – I thought you’d go with another one of your wonderful verbots ‘carpettunnelsyndrome’ – Jabberwocky, 2008-04-04: 08:36:00

Wow, I don’t even remember making that word. Guess I have forgotomy. – purpleartichokes, 2008-04-04: 10:59:00

Great word. – OZZIEBOB, 2008-04-07: 05:04:00

Superfluffluent: /soo-per-fluff-floo-ent/ Desmond liked clean floors. He was constantly sweeping and vacuuming his apartment to an obsession. You would be hard pressed to find any dust bunnies under any furniture or his bed. That is, until his girlfriend recently moved in with her long-haired torti, Fluffhead. Now Fluffhead is a sociable cat who likes to rub up against you or jump up and nestle in your lap, leaving patches of fur that drives Desmond bonkers. Fluffy left a trail of her superfluffluent everywhere, which seemed not to be affected by the vacuum cleaner.

Any guesses as to how long this relationship will last? Etymology: super, from superfluous + fluff + effluent, as in waste Created by: arrrteest.


Great word! It’s fun to say…over and over. LOL – Mustang, 2008-04-04: 04:57:00

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Verbotomy2008-04-04: 00:01:00
Today’s definition was suggested by doseydotes. Thank you doseydotes. ~ James

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stache2008-04-04: 07:08:00
(oops. it’s early here.)

Jamagra2008-04-04: 08:22:00
I think this one was an actual Sniglet back in the day… can’t remember the word, though. 🙂

Verbotomy2008-04-04: 11:06:00

Hey Jamagra, I think that sniglet was “carpetuation”, which very good because it does seem to take long time to vacuum up a cat. ~ James