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'You're the only person who ever listens to me...'

DEFINITION: n., An ongoing relationship where one person does all the talking, whining and complaining, and the other just listens quietly and tries to appear sympathetic. v., To participate in a lopsided conversation where one person does all the conversing.

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Created by: emdeejay

Pronunciation: wind funnel

Sentence: Macey was a highly strung lass. Scarely a day went by when she wasn't on the blower to one friend or another detailing every last nuance of her existence. Incessantly her tongue would flap away, like an errant handkerchief in a stiff breeze. Her friends tried to be supportive, but eventually all they could feel was the continual blast of hot air emanating from Macey's wind pipe. Inevitably they tired of being on the narrow end of her windfunnel and changed numbers, address, and in one extreme case, country. Only Macey's cat Briggs will listen to her now, and only then in exchange for food and iTunes gift cards.

Etymology: "Wind": exasperatingly excessive verbiage. "Funnel": device designed to channel substance without spillage in one direction. "Blower": Slang for telephone.


When asked how he did it, Briggs replied: "iTune'd out" - emdeejay, 2008-12-04: 05:03:00

perfect! - Jabberwocky, 2008-12-04: 09:17:00

Excellent. Wind for the talker, and funnel for the one who takes it all in. Is the song of the day "You are the wind beneath my wings?" - silveryaspen, 2008-12-04: 11:58:00

metrohumanx Techno-mechanically sublime word! - metrohumanx, 2008-12-04: 16:29:00

fantastic - OZZIEBOB, 2008-12-05: 03:02:00


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Created by: youmustvotenato

Pronunciation: pre-chase-shun-ship

Sentence: So, in the car my girlfriend won't stop talking. And whenever I try to say something, she cuts me off. I'm stuck in a preachationship.

Etymology: preach; relationship

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Created by: jdverrett

Pronunciation: mon o ver say shun

Sentence: Mike usually goes into monoversations no matter who he is with.

Etymology: mono - single, one conversor - abide, keep company with ????

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Created by: Tigger

Pronunciation: /kum-PLEYN-yuhn-ship/

Sentence: Tina was convinced that Eric was one of the few people who really listened to her, was interested in everything she had to say, and valued their platonic relationship as much as he valued her opinions. Eric deperately wanted to go out with Tina, and although she was 'out of his league,' he maintained hope that their "complainionship" would eventually progress into something more.

Etymology: complain - express dissatisfaction (from Vulgar Latin, complangere "lament") + companionship - person who accompanies or associates with another (from Old French, compaignon "fellow, mate") [& relationship]


Very good strong word! - silveryaspen, 2008-02-11: 09:10:00

Nice one Tigger! You write like a perfect complainion! And I'm listening. - metro1, 2008-02-11: 11:06:00

Supoib! - Banky, 2008-02-11: 12:05:00

Lovely! - purpleartichokes, 2008-02-11: 18:06:00

i like it i will see if anyone will come up with something better - purpleman, 2008-02-11: 19:32:00


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Created by: Biscotti

Pronunciation: sel-ect-sh-ip

Sentence: Adam finally realized he was in a selectship with his girlfriend; she always talked, he always listened

Etymology: select relationship


Interersting selection! - silveryaspen, 2008-02-11: 18:28:00


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Created by: splendiction

Pronunciation: a lie ance

Sentence: Izzy's allieance with Ginger allowed her endless blathering about Gert's goings ons, Percy's petty problems and her own injustices. As long as Ginger got to lie around all day and eat his Whiskas, he was content. He'd even try to appear sympathetic over Izzy's gobbledygook!

Etymology: From: alliance or partnership + lie, to fib...and lay around.

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Created by: lindseyhamrick

Pronunciation: Why-na-lo-ne

Sentence: Anne was very upset so she decided to whinealone to her best friend Anna, whom she thought was listening, but was really day dreaming about something else.

Etymology: Whine- to complain or cry. Alone- to be seperated or apart.

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Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: why n sy ded

Sentence: Every day Jill told her troubles to her cat, Sigmeownd Freud. She talked and moaned and complained and he just listened. It was apparent to anyone else that it was a whinesided relationship. Luckily she was unaware of her cat's deafness, otherwise he would have become cat-atonic listening to her.

Etymology: Whine (moan, complain) & One-sided (where only one person does the talking and the other the listening)

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Created by: lauram22

Pronunciation: bl-ab-on

Sentence: Mary was stuck in a blabon while her friend Kaycee went on about how her parents grounded her.

Etymology: blab- to reveal indiscreetly and thoughtlessly. On- operating or in use

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Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: JAB-er-rap-or

Sentence: Libby has great jabberapport with patient listeners who always seem to resist the urge to interject any comments of their own, and are content to let her jabber away because she is just impossible to dislike.

Etymology: Blend of 'jabber' (to talk very quickly and with a lot of enthusiasm, especially in a way that is not sensible or that is difficult to understand) and 'rapport' (a relationship in which people like, understand, and respect each other)

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Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2008-02-11: 01:15:00
Today's definition was suggested by remistram. Thank you remistram. ~ James

Jabberwocky - 2008-02-11: 05:57:00
very funny cartoon today - I look forward to seeing them every day

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2008-02-11: 10:33:00
Thanks Jabberwocky! I was thinking of you when I did it. Of course, you're the cat, and I'm the babbler. ~ James

Jabberwocky - 2008-02-11: 11:38:00
that's okay - looks like a very happy cat - probably listening to some old Cat Stevens songs

OZZIEBOB - 2008-02-11: 18:38:00
The cat looks so friendly, I could moggicoddle him. Another great cartoon in a long line of great cartoons!

silveryaspen - 2008-02-11: 18:42:00
Your definition really elicited a lot of good words, remistram. Good one!

silveryaspen - 2008-02-11: 18:43:00
I second Jabberwocky's 'I look forward to your cartoons each day' ... me two, James. Can I be the mouse missing from the ipod?

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2008-02-12: 11:30:00
Thanks! Of course the most fun is seeing how everyone responds to the creative challenge by reading their wonderful words! That's what I look forward to every day. ~ James

metrohumanx metrohumanx - 2008-12-04: 01:20:00

emdeejay - 2008-12-04: 05:01:00
Love the way it FINishes :-)

metrohumanx metrohumanx - 2008-12-04: 17:28:00
"Excellent" was supposed to appear under YOUR word....ahhh- the mysteries of the comment box!

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2010-04-29: 00:12:00
Today's definition was suggested by remistram. Thank you remistram. ~ James

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