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'Then we go for the brain!'

DEFINITION: v. To simplify, dramatize and fictionalize scientific knowledge so that it appeals to a general audience. n. A scientific fact, which has been exaggerated and dumbed-down to make it more "interesting".

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Spinflictosham

metrohumanx

Created by: metrohumanx

Pronunciation: spin-FLICK-toe-sham (spinflictoshammer, spinflictoshammed)

Sentence: Albert, a sensitive but demented biologist, was taken aback when he flicked on his television and found out that the folks at LYSOL had managed to bio-engineer all household bacteria into frightening, agressive enemies the size of GUMMYBEARS! Regular soap kills 98 % of germs but- in order to promote sales of "antibacterial" products, corporate advertising mavens sought to frighten everyone by portraying innocuous germs as flesh-eating maggots from hell. Albert knew that this approach to increased sales was merely a persuasive bogus SPINFLICTOSHAM...perpetrated to scare caring parental units into purchasing "ECO"products which cost more, but were no more effective than grandma's home-made soap. Albert sent an e-mail in protest, but in the end he washed his hands of the whole affair.

Etymology: SPIN+inFLICT+"O"+SHAM=SPINFLICTOSHAM.......SPIN:to present (as information) with a particular spin,to stretch out or extend (as a story) lengthily; .....INFLICT:to give by or as if by striking ,to cause (something unpleasant) to be endured, especially false knowledge; Latin inflictus, past participle of infligere, from in- + fligere "to strike"....."O"-a 20th century connective trick used to fuse two words together (suds-o-mat).....SHAM: a trick that deludes, a hoax, cheap falseness, especially purporting to be based upon scientific knowledge; perhaps from English dialect sham "shame", alteration of English shame.

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COMMENTS:

metrohumanx BEWARE! Bogus science and magnetic insoles..... Lookee here: http://www.quackwatch.org/ - metrohumanx, 2009-01-30: 01:09:00

metrohumanx I thrive on rejection and encourage feedback. - metrohumanx, 2009-01-30: 01:29:00

Eco products are certainly de rigueur at the moment. I suspect many of them are the identical products but just re-labeled. - Jabberwocky, 2009-01-30: 11:34:00

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Simpliphylum

cosmonaut

Created by: cosmonaut

Pronunciation: sim-pluh-fahy-luhm

Sentence: "He's caught Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis!" "Um, is there anyway you could simpliphylum that for us...?"

Etymology: A new and exciting cross-bread between simplify and phylum.

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Naturtainment

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: nāchərtānmənt

Sentence: Bob loves to watch all the naturtainment shows. He gets all the excitement of a soap opera without all the ugly visions of reality. Somehow the cute doe-eyed thing-a-ma-critter always finds a way to just barely escape the maw of the vicious predator. His favorite ones are the old ones sponsored by Mutual of OMG.

Etymology: nature (the phenomena of the physical world collectively, including plants, animals, the landscape, and other features and products of the earth, as opposed to humans or human creations) + entertainment (the action of providing or being provided with amusement or enjoyment)

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COMMENTS:

I used to love Mutual of OmaGod when Marlin Perkins was supposed to hold the rope to keep Jim Fowler safe from the critter they were wrangling and would almost always let it slip. That's naturtainment! - otherguy, 2009-01-30: 06:33:00

Love it! - wayoffcenter, 2009-01-30: 06:36:00

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Seinsteinfeld

GlobalGallery

Created by: GlobalGallery

Pronunciation: sine-stine-feld

Sentence: It's gonna be a hit I tell ya. It's a sitcom, set in New York, and it's all about this wacky bunch of friends who are really into theoretical physics.

Etymology: 1.Seinfeld - A popular TV comedy set in New York City starring Jerry Seinfeld. 2.Einstein - German born Nobel prize winning physicist who formulated the theory of relativity.

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COMMENTS:

fantastic - Jabberwocky, 2009-01-30: 11:16:00

What a combination! Einstein and Seinfeld! - silveryaspen, 2009-01-30: 15:45:00

Great, a show about nothing...0 = MC2, what a Quantum Leap Year! - Nosila, 2009-01-30: 17:49:00

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Conciface

Created by: Artomun

Pronunciation: n. KAHN-sih-fiss; v. KAHN-sih-fayss

Sentence: n. The teacher used a conciface in order to increase understanding among his students. v. Sometimes it is necessary to conciface so people will understand a concept. However, concifacing can be difficult with some subjects. Many things have been concifaced in classroom settings.

Etymology: Concinno- make, cause to be, render (Latin); Facilis- easy (Latin).

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Signce

Created by: splendiction

Pronunciation: SIGH ence

Sentence: The "butterfly effect" is the signce of chaos.

Etymology: signce n. from sign or signal and the word science.

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Blandification

Created by: greenwireless

Pronunciation:

Sentence: The professor's findings underwent an extensive blandification process before they were sent to the media.

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Scienterrific

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: sīəntərifik

Sentence: The science programming on on John's favorite channel is very good at making mundane subjects scienterrific.

Etymology: science (the state of knowing) + terrific (extraordinary)

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Scientmythology

Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: sigh/ent/mith/all/oh/gee

Sentence: Men with deep resonant heartfelt voices are recruited from all over the planet to narrate spectacular scientmythology pablum for the general populace.

Etymology: scientology + mythology

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COMMENTS:

heehee! - galwaywegian, 2009-01-30: 08:02:00

Excellent - TJayzz, 2009-01-30: 10:59:00

Super combination - silveryaspen, 2009-01-30: 15:40:00

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Scifidumb

Created by: TJayzz

Pronunciation: Sy-fy-dum

Sentence: Whilst trying to explain the details to the general public about the inner workings of quantum physics, the scientists, in order to scifidumb the subject, resorted to employing a nursury school teacher to simplify things and also an author with a good imagination to make things more interesting by adding a few false facts.

Etymology: Sci-fi(Abbreviation of science fiction) + Dumb(as in dumb down) = Scifidumb

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COMMENTS:

it would be fun to hear verbotomists explaining quantum physics - I bet we cold come up with some interesting false facts - Jabberwocky, 2009-01-30: 11:29:00

No doubt there Jabberwocky!! - TJayzz, 2009-01-31: 13:58:00

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Comments:

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2009-01-30: 00:01:01
Today's definition was suggested by metrohumanx. Thank you metrohumanx. ~ James

metrohumanx metrohumanx - 2009-01-30: 00:09:00
Well put.

metrohumanx metrohumanx - 2009-01-30: 01:18:00
...and thank you for letting me "vent".

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2009-01-30: 12:11:00
Thank you for venting! Obviously you are very gnawledgeable. ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2010-08-16: 00:40:00
Today's definition was suggested by metrohumanx. Thank you metrohumanx. ~ James