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DEFINITION: v. To make a mistake where the benefits exceed the costs of the screw-up. n. An excellent mistake, which despite its stupidity, produces a positive outcome.

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Erreka

Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: urr eeek ah

Sentence: His accidental overdose of the new eyedrops he had been prescribed rendered him practically blind, but made him look really cutem, according to the (hopefully) beautiful 18 year old blonde who had just bought him a drink. It was an erreka moment.

Etymology: err, eureka.

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COMMENTS:

I hope her name was Erica - great combo - Jabberwocky, 2008-05-02: 06:08:00

Excellent verboticism. - Mustang, 2008-05-02: 18:46:00

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Snafruition

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: sna-froo-ish-uhn

Sentence: Jerry was just another starving artist. After years of trying, he finally found a Gallery Director who was willing to look at his watercolors. His wish to be successful came to snafruition when he got caught in a downpour on his way to the gallery. The Director proclaimed his half-blurred paintings as genius and immediately scheduled a showing.

Etymology: snafu (mistake) + fruition (attainment of anything desired; realization; accomplishment)

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Fauxparagon

Created by: OZZIEBOB

Pronunciation: foh-PAR-uh-gon

Sentence: As the flash of the photographer's camera went off, amid what seemed to me to be an eternity of applause, my heart pounded with the joy of success. Years of hard work had finally paid off; my book had won the neighourhood annual literary award. However as I came forward to accept the thousand dollar prize, it was quickly becoming apparent to me that, to my horror and utter disbelief, almost certainly, a "great" dust-cover disaster was unfolding right before my eyes: the printers had put my name, by mistake, on another author's work. It was a fauxparagon, but I been down or my luck for far too long, so why shouldn't I have a bit of dumb luck too; and, anyway, I needed the money more than he did.

Etymology: FAUX: false, a blunder; PARAGON:ideal instance; a perfect model,perfect example.

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oops! - Jabberwocky, 2008-05-02: 14:07:00

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Wincorrect

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: win kor rekt

Sentence: Tony always played the same lottery numbers every week...a combination of birthdates of his family. For 20 years he won nothing. One day he had to rewrite his lottery board because the old one would not go through the reader. He accidentally transposed one birthdate from an 12 to a 21 and lo and behold that group he selected won full prize of several millions...he got the wincorrect winning numbers afterall!

Etymology: Win (victory;attain something) & Incorrect (not correct; not in conformity with fact or truth)

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Idiovindicity

Created by: DazzleMcFazzle

Pronunciation: Idy-o-vin-dicitee

Sentence: Charlie having finished his game of tennis, went back to the changing rooms and looked on the bench where he left his clothes. He got changed, and walked out. It was not until he reached into his pocket for his train ticket that he had put someone elses trousers on. But having found a wallet with not only an all day ticket but a huge wad of cash felt a sense of idiovindicity wash over him.

Etymology: n. Stupidity which through its positive result, justifies it having been committed with no remorse.

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Clusterluck

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: kləstərlək

Sentence: In a stroke of clusterluck the committee made a decision. They didn't mean to. They were perfectly happy running around like a flock of proverbial headless chickens. By misunderstanding Parliamentary procedure one of the younger members called for a vote. Half the others didn't even know what they were voting on. The chairman was more than happy to take credit for the seemingly brilliant action.

Etymology: cluster[insert popular 4-letter word here] (A confusing or chaotic situation or event, often caused by a failure of communication, an excessive amount of people attempting to accomplish a given task, or a complex environmen) + luck (success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than through one's own actions)

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Catasterrific

Created by: Rutilus

Pronunciation: cat-as-ter-if-ik

Sentence: Geoff was happily contemplating the reason he'd got here.Refusing to accept his line manager's bullying and getting fired had given him time to study and re-train. Here was a man better qualified, better off and much happier. Oh how he chuckled at an event he had seen as a disaster had in fact been completely catasterrific for him.

Etymology: Catastrophic - dramatic negative effect; Terrific - extremely good, wonerful

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Blunderful

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: blun der full

Sentence: When Wendy started her new job at James & Sons, she was anxious to learn quickly and move up the ladder. Fireworks started on her first day when she gave the office boy, Jimmy, heck for delivering the wrong mail. The second day, she berated him for spilling coffee on her new suit. The third day, she nagged him to bring in sandwiches for the staff. By day 4 he and she had developed a toxic, intense relationship. On Friday afternoon, he asked her out on a date. She was about to refuse when she felt she had spoken to him in a rude manner all week. Her treatment of him turned out to be blunderful instead. Apparently, Jimmy was one of the owner's sons and loved her feistiness and he and Wendy are now happily married and she is Exec.VP!

Etymology: Blunder (error,embarrassing mistake) & Wonderful ( extraordinarily good; used especially as intensifiers)

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Mistaketastic

Created by: d1420

Pronunciation: mi-steyk tas-tik

Sentence: Jack's decision to sale his only source of milk and protein for "magic beans" sorely upset his mother and put him in a jam. But he soon realized that his mistaketastic set him on his epic adventure up and down the beanstalk.

Etymology: mistake = a misunderstanding or misconception + fantastic = extravagantly fanciful; marvelous

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Blooperfect

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: bloōpərfikt

Sentence: Last week Jill made a big mistake. She was scheduled to go on a job interview. She wasn’t looking forward to it. The job wasn’t very interesting and didn’t pay all that well but the rent must be paid. She apparently wrote the address down incorrectly. After she announced she was there to apply for a job, she noticed that the company name on the door was different than what she expected. Her oops turned out to be blooperfect. She now has an offer for a great job that pays twice what she would have gotten at the job she was supposed to apply for.

Etymology: blooper (an embarrassing error) + perfect (having all the required or desirable elements, qualities, or characteristics; as good as it is possible to be)

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Comments:

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2008-05-02: 00:01:00
Today's definition is inspired by Johnny Bunko's Career Lesson # 5: "Make excellent mistakes". See: "The Adventures of Johnny Bunko" by Dan Pink. Thanks Dan! ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2009-06-12: 00:01:00
Today's definition is inspired by Johnny Bunko's Career Lesson # 5: "Make excellent mistakes". See: "The Adventures of Johnny Bunko" by Dan Pink. Thanks Dan! ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2010-07-06: 00:01:00
Today's definition was suggested by johnnybunko. Thank you johnnybunko. ~ James

Israfaceneeme - 2018-07-06: 12:41:00
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