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'Wow! It's just what I wanted!'

DEFINITION: v., To show appreciation for a gift, even if it is something that you do not really need or want, by feigning joy. n., A faked display of gratitude.

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Created by: libertybelle

Pronunciation: beem-you-sea-as-um

Sentence: Doris showed bemusiasm as she opened Roger's gift of the Hickory Farms Sausage Sampler; she wondered how her own husband could have forgotten that she was a strict vegan.

Etymology: bemuse + enthusiasm

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Created by: DarkSquire

Pronunciation: Faw joy' sing

Sentence: Rachel spent the afternoon fauxjoicing over the eleventh decorative candle she received for her birthday.


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Created by: rikboyee

Pronunciation: en-throo-zee-az-em

Sentence: as i opened the gift and found a 'best of the pipe organ classics' c.d., i accepted it with enthruseiasm

Etymology: enthusiasm, ruse


excellent - Jabberwocky, 2007-12-20: 10:45:00

Great word. - OZZIEBOB, 2007-12-20: 16:05:00

Very clever, rikboyee! - Tigger, 2007-12-20: 21:19:00


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Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: Fo - glee

Sentence: Clarabella's exaggerated enthusiasm for the mysterious gift was the result of her often used and well rehearsed fauxglee technique.

Etymology: Faux (False) + glee (joy)


Nice word. - OZZIEBOB, 2007-12-20: 16:16:00


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Created by: metrohumanx

Pronunciation: MURR-satz-UBERance

Sentence: "Now, pretend that you like Grandma's gift- even if it's socks." I said to Laura as we drove over the valley and through the woods. I didn't know that Grandma has purchased an assortment of small gifts and RE-packed them in a conveniently-sized cardboard box. With the camcorder rolling and her best look of surprise, Laura tore the wrappings off and exclaimed: "ALRIGHT! Just what I always wanted!....SECURITY ENVELOPES!" Her MYRRHSATZUBERANCE that day will provide years of holiday hilarity.

Etymology: MYRRH+erSATZ+exUBERANCE= MYRRHSATZUBERANCE.....MYRRH:A traditional Christmas gift consisting of a yellowish-brown aromatic gum resin obtained from a tree (especially Commiphora abyssinica of the family Burseraceae) of eastern Africa and Arabia;Middle English myrre, from Old English, from Latin myrrha, from Greek, of Semitic origin; akin to Arabic murr myrrh.....ERSATZ: a usually artificial and inferior substitute or imitation, fake;German ersatz-, from Ersatz, noun, substitute.....EXUBERANCE:extreme or excessive in degree size or extent,joyously unrestrained and enthusiastic;Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin exuberant-, exuberans, present participle of exuberare to be abundant, from ex- + uber fruitful, from uber udder.


metrohumanx Is it Christmas yet? - metrohumanx, 2008-12-23: 10:04:00

metrohumanx I don't know why my words are getting longer....mabye it's the winter solstice or something? - metrohumanx, 2008-12-23: 10:25:00


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Created by: gemmgemms

Pronunciation: em-aj-en-air-ee-they-enk-sa

Sentence: She showed a half-hearted imaginarithanks not realizing that with such little effert he could tell she did not like his gift.

Etymology: imaginary:not real + thanks

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Created by: OZZIEBOB

Pronunciation: gif-tree-ON-iks

Sentence: Despite hours of shoe misery and stressed-out shopping to buy a contraption - which looked like space junk - but was supposed to help improve Bob's putting, Roxie's best intentions ended in little more than a staged smile and a few moments of crafted giftrionics.

Etymology: Blend of gift & histrionics: A deliberate display of emotion for effect, feigned emotion.


Very clever word, Bob. Do you have one of those contraptions in your closet by chance? - Tigger, 2007-12-20: 05:00:00

I know how Roxie feels - Jabberwocky, 2007-12-20: 13:36:00

Not any more TIG. Wisely donated them for sale at grandkid's school fete. - OZZIEBOB, 2007-12-20: 16:29:00


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Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: sham pree she ayshun

Sentence: Sharmaine had the biggest and best garage sales ecery summer. Most of the things she sold were new, not-ever-out-of-the-packaging type things. The reason for these sales was that Sharmaine was the Queen of Shampreciation. She could never say a bad word about a gift, she always faked her gratitude. And then she piled the offending gift into the spare room to pile up for the next big garage sale. If only her friends and family paid somne attention to her likes and dislikes, she wouldn't have to hold these huge sales all the time!

Etymology: Sham (feign, pretend,a person who makes deceitful pretenses) & Appreciation (indebtedness, gratitude)


Always find the gift of laughter in your creations. This one leaves me wondering if any one would buy these even at garage sale prices! - silveryaspen, 2008-12-23: 11:06:00

Cant help but wonder if that offensive gift was shampoo....eeewww - Mustang, 2008-12-23: 23:58:00

Nice blend - OZZIEBOB, 2008-12-23: 23:58:00


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Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: foh hoh hoh

Sentence: She gave a fauxhoho to all and sundry, while secretly vowing that when she got him alone she'd deck his balls with holly.

Etymology: ho ho ho faux


Love it, Merry Christmas, galwaywegian! - Nosila, 2009-12-24: 09:18:00


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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: joifō

Sentence: Loving animals as she did and growing up in a family of hunters, Beth found holidays to be a joyfaux time. She would plaster on her best mock smile and listen to the tales of relatives tramping through the woods trying to kill what she cherished. This year she managed to bust out a real smile as she when she opened a present from her parents of a jacket with a faux-fur collar. **Couldn*t afford the real stuff** muttered her father. HURRAY FOR THE RECESSION!

Etymology: joyful (feeling, expressing, or causing great pleasure and happiness) + faux (artificial or imitation; false)

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Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-12-20: 02:50:00
Today's definition was suggested by Mustang. Thank you Mustang. ~ James

silveryaspen - 2008-12-23: 10:37:00
Powerfully perceptive and filled with emotional depth, yet simple and direct so easily remembered. Great word!

silveryaspen - 2008-12-23: 10:39:00
sorry I got into the wrong box ... and this is not the season to make this mistake!

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2009-12-24: 00:07:00
Today's definition was suggested by Mustang. Thank you Mustang. ~ James

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