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'How did you get your boyfriend to stop scratching his nuts?'

DEFINITION: v. To prevent someone from participating in an undesired activity by engaging them in another activity which makes it impossible to do the first. n. Two things cannot be done at the same time.

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Nulltitasking

Created by: bookowl

Pronunciation: null/tee/task/ing

Sentence: He got absolutely nothing accomplished once he began nulltitasking.

Etymology: null + multitasking

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COMMENTS:

Seems like it's time for an annulment- or at least some sort of annulitasking? - OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-22: 18:50:00

Good word, though null and void where prohibited by law... - Nosila, 2008-05-22: 20:39:00

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Incompaticake

Created by: diyan627

Pronunciation: in cum pat eee cayk

Sentence: Barry is so dense...Nina plays incompaticake with him all the time to get him to stop doing things she doesn't like.

Etymology: incompatible + patty cake (game that would entertain a nearly primordial person :) The funny thing is, this is a real definition out there in Behavior Analysis Academia.. The real term for the technique is called Differential Reinforcement of Incompatible behaviors (DRI)

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COMMENTS:

wonderful etymology - Jabberwocky, 2008-05-22: 13:38:00

Is incompaticake the same as wedding -cake? - OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-22: 18:53:00

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Rehabitulate

Created by: milorush

Pronunciation: (n.) rē'kə-bĭch'ə-lāt'; (tr.v.) rē'kə-bĭch'ə-lā'shən

Sentence: In recent years, an effective form of rehabitulation for incessant smokers has proven to be non-stop eating -- doctors, however, are not convinced the disease isn't worse than the cure.

Etymology: re- = "again" + hab[it] + [cap]itulation = "the act of surrendering"

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Nice blend. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-22: 19:00:00

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Solitarsking

petaj

Created by: petaj

Pronunciation: soll-it-asking

Sentence: It helps to be good at solitarsking when working with preschoolers and trying to avoid little fingers getting up to mischief.

Etymology: solitary (single, one) + task (job, activity) inspired by the term multitasking which is really what is expected when the boss says you need to be multiskilled.

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COMMENTS:

Clever blend,. Took me a while to catch on to it. I too 'toyed' with the unitasking concept for while. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-22: 08:26:00

petaj Actually could have used psycholdoggy here as well. Keep throwing a stick so the dog can't lick his unmentionables. - petaj, 2008-05-23: 02:36:00

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Dimswitch

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: dimswich

Sentence: Jill’s boyfriend Donny is not the sharpest tool on the bench. If he starts to perform embarrassing bar tricks at a party she employs her patented dimswitch technique, a.k.a. the ooh-look-a-shiny-thing tactic. It never fails.

Etymology: dim (not bright) + switch (change the position, direction, or focus of)

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Subterguile

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: SUB - ter - gile

Sentence: Ambrosia employed a two pronged game of subterguile on her couch potato fiance, Guilford, first distracting him with alluring smiles and suggestions and then offering other options to lure him away from another weeked of non stop gaming with his LAN buddies on his computer.

Etymology: Blend of subterfuge and beguile

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COMMENTS:

petaj Inspired choice of names. Ambrosia and Guilford, Troilus and Cressida, Romeo and Juliet - petaj, 2008-05-22: 06:15:00

excellent - Jabberwocky, 2008-05-22: 13:40:00

Beguiling! - OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-22: 18:56:00

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Slyversionary

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: sly ver shun ary

Sentence: Sandra kept Simon's activities on a short leash. Whenever he wanted to do something she did not approve of, she would create a slyversionary attack. For instance, major sporting events on television were missed because that darn tv "acted up again" or "the cable was out". How could he join his buddies hunting when his rifle and hunting license were not to be found anywhere? You get the picture, but Simon failed to notice the coincidence of these events.

Etymology: Sly (marked by skill in deception) & Diversionary (an attack calculated to draw enemy defense away from the point of the principal attack;a tactic that diverts attention)

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COMMENTS:

the best word today! Very sly! - splendiction, 2009-07-02: 21:21:00

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Distractionhero

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: diss trak shun heero

Sentence: Hazel Nutt was not just a good homemaker, despite the fact that her spouse paid her peanuts to keep the house. Unbeknownst to her family and friends, she became a distraction hero on the weekends. Her mission, should she choose to accept it, was to break all the other nuts of their bad habits. Some were shell-shocked, some would pine, some would get caught pecan at things they shouldn't, some were pistachio every night after happy hour and some were just plain mixed nuts. Her spouse, Wal Nutt was one of the worst offenders, but she'd crack him yet. He was almond to be reckoned with and she knew if she ever wanted to run off to be with the handsome Filbert, living among the Brazil Nuts, she'd have to distractionhero Wall Nutt somehow. One night when Wall Nutt was again peanut attention to her, she put on classical music on their stereo. As he dreamily listened to the music, she smuckered up behind him and conked him on the head with a hammer. Yes, and she had picked the perfect Tchaikcashewsky music to do it to, too...The Nutcracker Sweet!

Etymology: Distraction (the act of distracting; drawing someone's attention away from something or an entertainment that provokes pleased interest and distracts you from worries and vexations) + Action Hero (someone who saves the day and uses their powers to fight for a cause)

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Luv your "nutty" sentece. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-22: 18:55:00

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Sublimatention

mrskellyscl

Created by: mrskellyscl

Pronunciation: sub-lim-a-ten-shen

Sentence: Karen used sublimatention successfully to redirect Ron's focus from a bad behavior to a good one. Now, instead of nose mining in public, he cleans his glasses.

Etymology: subliminal: below the threshold of conscious perception + sublimate: direct energy from a socially improper behavior to an acceptable one + mate: spouse + attention: concentrated focus of the mind

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Flikker

Created by: josje

Pronunciation: flikker

Sentence: stop this you flikker

Etymology: fucker and licker, witch you can't do in the same time.!!!!

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Comments:

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2008-05-21: 00:00:01
Today's definition is inspired by the "Joy of Incompatible Behaviors". It's Amy Sutherland's secret weapon for dealing with people who have annoying habits which they can't seem to control. The secret is not to try to stop them, but rather get them on another track. See: "What Shamu Taught me About Life, Love and Marriage". Thanks Amy! ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2009-07-02: 00:00:01
Today's definition is inspired by the "Joy of Incompatible Behaviors". It's Amy Sutherland's secret weapon for dealing with people who have annoying habits which they can't seem to control. The secret is not to try to stop them, but rather get them on another track. See: "What Shamu Taught me About Life, Love and Marriage". Thanks Amy! ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2010-07-22: 01:14:00
Today's definition was suggested by amysutherland. Thank you amysutherland. ~ James