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'Did you get the boss's message?'

DEFINITION: v., To grasp the meaning of muddled texts like blog posts, emails and text messages where standard grammatical or spelling conventions have been ignored. n., The ability to read and understand confused or poorly written messages.

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Babelolfishcate

Created by: solocard

Pronunciation: bayb-lol-fish-cayt

Sentence: Even though Jimmy was adamant that his texts were easily understood, it took a while before his parents were able to babelolfishcate his messages.

Etymology: From the term "Babel Fish", mixed with internet speak. Other usages include Babelwtfish.

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petaj Got give a vote for a HGTTG reference - petaj, 2007-11-16: 06:51:00

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Textcrapolate

Created by: purpleartichokes

Pronunciation: text-cra-poh-late

Sentence: Although the message may have been written in Sanskrit, Bob was able to textcrapolate that he was to pk up da kdz aftr wrk.

Etymology: text, crap, extrapolate

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COMMENTS:

good one purple - Jabberwocky, 2007-11-15: 08:55:00

Nice bit of cyberdazzle! - OZZIEBOB, 2007-11-15: 17:39:00

y, thnk ya! - purpleartichokes, 2007-11-15: 18:58:00

gets my vote :) - badsnudge, 2007-11-15: 22:25:00

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Intextpret

Created by: leechdude

Pronunciation: in-text-pret

Sentence: It was difficult to intextpret what Diego was trying to say but Joe figured it meant, 'never enter the ladies' washroom.'

Etymology: interpret, text

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Cryptosleuth

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: kripˈtō sloōth

Sentence: Debbie needed to become a cryptosleuth. She loved teaching at the Community College but trying to decipher messages from her Generation TXT students put a real strain on her sense of rightness. She and her bff would lol at e-mails from her students.

Etymology: cryptographer (the art of writing or solving codes) + Sleuth (a detective)

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metrohumanx LOVE cryptosleuth. I like saying CRYPTO....cryptoanything. - metrohumanx, 2008-10-17: 07:51:00

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Syntextify

Created by: Tigger

Pronunciation: sĭn-těks-tə-fī'

Sentence: After only two weeks of dating, Melissa was able to syntextify Jared's messages by supplementalizing them with proper grammar and spelling. She supposed it was worth the effort -- all the other girls thought Jared was cute, and he certainly was popular.

Etymology: syntax (Greek, syntaxis "a putting together or in order") + text (Late Latin, textus "written account") + [identi]fy (Medieval Latin, identificāre "to make to resemble")

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Clearmext

Created by: yaelash

Pronunciation: clear-mext

Sentence: he had very good clearmexting abilities. even when his kid wrote him a note while eating dropping icecream and riding the bike at the same time, he could figure out what was written there.

Etymology: the combination of clear+messy+text, the ability to make a clear text out of a messy one.

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Codedependent

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: kode depen dent

Sentence: When Marnie's boss acquired a PDA device, she had to transcribe his peculiar messages. She became so good at deciphering his notes that she developed a codedependent ability to read any bizarre messages anywhere and make sense of them. Now she was having trouble going back to reading books with straightforward language...they were no longer a challenge to her intellectually.

Etymology: Code (a coding system used for transmitting messages requiring brevity or secrecy;a process to convert ordinary language into code and vice-versa & Dependent (of a clause; unable to stand alone syntactically as a complete sentence) & Wordplay on Co-Dependent (mutual dependence)

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Dsighfor

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: dee sye for

Sentence: Once again Nancy had to try and decode her boss's text message. She always hoped her hunky boss would find her as attractive as she found him and send her a personal message. So far she could only dsighfor his texts, which all seemed to be business related. It did not help that he was such a poor speller and tended to multitask while texting her instructions. The latest message was especially confusing. "Gout 4 drinks? Call" She didn't know if she should pretty herself up and make reservations or call his doctor to make an appointment...

Etymology: Decypher (convert code into ordinary language;read with difficulty) & Sigh For (an utterance made by exhaling audibly; indicating anxiety about one's emotional attachment for someone)

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Assumaciph

Created by: comborracha

Pronunciation: a-sume-a-sife

Sentence: I didn't put enough thought into assumaciphing his message. I didn't realize that "ples get ma bgle t/ cm chee" does not mean please get my mom a bagel with kim chee.

Etymology: assume+decipher

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Decyberscate

Created by: dubld

Pronunciation: dee-sigh-burr-skate

Sentence: He had to decyberscate the the cryptic text.

Etymology: De + Cyber/Cypher + Obfuscate

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nice - reminds me of rollerball - Jabberwocky, 2007-11-15: 13:01:00

A good'un that's "c" to the "g"! - OZZIEBOB, 2007-11-15: 17:34:00

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Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-11-15: 00:01:00
Today's definition was suggested by Tigger. Thank you Tigger! ~ James

lumina - 2008-10-14: 00:53:00
jumbleguya

lumina - 2008-10-14: 00:58:00
Sorry bout that folks. Put my word in the comment area by accident.

metrohumanx metrohumanx - 2008-10-14: 02:48:00
I never know WHERE my comments are gonna pop up. Life IS uncertainty, I guess.

metrohumanx metrohumanx - 2008-10-14: 02:49:00
See what I mean?

zxvasdf zxvasdf - 2008-10-14: 08:47:00
I sure do!

lumina - 2008-10-16: 19:54:00
Yes, comments...you add them and just hope they show up where you thought. Since this seems a good a place as any AND since I waited long enough to not "jump the gun" like the other time I thought I had the winning word... "I would like to thank The Academy, the cast and crew, Kraft service, all little people I stepped on to get here, of course God, Jesus and my parents...for if it wasn't for them I would be here." *music kicks in...dancing guy with hook comes out from behind curtains..." "OH! I have to hurry!!! You like me! You really, really like me!" (classis Sally Field Oscar moment...but you guys knew that, right?) :)

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2010-03-11: 00:35:00
Today's definition was suggested by Tigger. Thank you Tigger. ~ James