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'Why do you keep looking at your spoon?'

DEFINITION: v. To steal a look at your reflection in a window, mirror or other reflective surface; often done furtively so not to be seen as vain. n. A reflected image which is distorted by vanity.

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Created by: petaj

Pronunciation: warren-beauty-spot

Sentence: "Clouds in my coffee", he sung as he swung his eyes quickly towards the shop windows every few steps. Warrenbeauttyspotting was his favourite pasttime.

Etymology: Carly Simon's song You're so vain, I bet you think this song is about you (Warren Beatty) + beauty + spot (as in trainspotting)


petaj Sorry Purpleartichokes, if you get this song stuck in your head too. - petaj, 2007-04-13: 04:31:00

I was quite pleased that I'd never heard "Clouds in my Coffee", unfortunately, it brought to mind Tears on my Pillow. Then I read the etymology. (...and your horse, naturally won.) Me and my dittyfliction will be going now. - purpleartichokes, 2007-04-13: 04:48:00

petaj Love that dittyfliction. - petaj, 2007-04-13: 05:00:00

It's a bit out there this time Petaj but I love the references - great song - great movie - Jabberwocky, 2007-04-13: 10:29:00

petaj I like to mix it up every now and then. Had a couple of loooong ones this week. - petaj, 2007-04-13: 22:04:00


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Created by: willster

Pronunciation: bo-n-fo-rald

Sentence: It was almost boneforaled that the woman was alone.

Etymology: self aware

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Created by: LonePaladin


Sentence: As she passed by the cars in the mall's parking lot, she couldn't help glimpsneaking in their side mirrors.

Etymology: 'glimpse' + 'sneak'

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Created by: toadstool57

Pronunciation: ar-ro-glance

Sentence: David took a arroglance at himself in the car mirror, not to check the tailgater, but to make sure his hair is perfect.

Etymology: arrogance, as in vane/glance


wow! clever word! - wordmeister, 2007-04-13: 11:29:00

you can add one more word to your etymolgy (arrow)- really hits the target - Jabberwocky, 2007-04-13: 11:45:00

I like it! - jedijawa, 2007-04-13: 12:32:00


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Created by: josje

Pronunciation: egotripper

Sentence: she is an ego tripper

Etymology: ego and tripper as in lover.

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Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: slide/vew

Sentence: A quick slideview indicated just how gorgeous she really was - too bad it was right before she walked into a concrete wall and broke her nose

Etymology: slide + sideview

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Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: lyke ness mon stirs

Sentence: Young Bonnie was a canny lass. She was gorgeous and knew it. She threw it in the faces of all her suitors, playing one against another....Angus, Jock, Duncan and Alistair. When the lads met for a pint in their local and started comparing notes, as only lads do, they discovered she had fooled them all with her beauty and need for acknowledgement of her famed vanity. She had left no mirror ungazed upon, no window unlooked at and no other shiny surfaces unobserved. That is when they decided that Bonnie, not Nessie, became all the Likenessmonsters of their lonely lives.

Etymology: Likeness (picture consisting of a graphic image of a person or thing;similarity in appearance or character or nature between persons or things); Loch Ness Monsters (large aquatic animal supposed to resemble a serpent or plesiosaur of Loch Ness in Scotland, plural: more than one)

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Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: win doh kop ping

Sentence: har penchant for windowcopping was discovered when she spent fifteen minutes ogling over some vetinerary products next door to a shoe shop.

Etymology: window shopping, copping a glance

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Created by: Sed8ed




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Created by: purpleartichokes

Pronunciation: stellth-ree-flek-shun

Sentence: Maria was a master at stealthreflection, seizing every shopportunity to surreptitiously glance at her image in the frozen food and dairy cases.

Etymology: stealth, self-reflection


petaj Maria's eyes would glaze over shopping for bathroom fittings. - petaj, 2007-04-13: 04:45:00


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Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-04-13: 01:53:00
Today's definition was suggested by pinwheel.
Thank you pinwheel! ~ James

petaj petaj - 2007-04-13: 04:56:00
If she's even using the cutlery, then the perception is hardly false -- but full marks for persistence. It's hard to look hot in the warped reflection of a spoon or fork.

purpleartichokes - 2007-04-13: 08:56:00
Perhaps she's not looking at her reflection at all. As I recall, the dish ran away with the spoon, so there may be something hot about the spoon itself, and she is depicted here spwooning.

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-04-13: 11:18:00
Good comment Petaj. Perhaps the definition should say "to prevent a warped reflection of your vanity", or the more clear: "so as not to be seen as vain." Which do you like better? Let me know and I will change it. ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-04-13: 11:23:00
I think purpleartichokes is right -- the spoon is hot! If you look closely, you'll see the reflected woman is wearing oven mitts. ~ James

purpleartichokes - 2007-04-13: 19:31:00
Wow... I hadn't noticed the mitts before. I must have been looking at a defiction. Definitely lends credence to to dish's side of the story; I hope he gets cupsody of the children. Uhh... sorry for the verbanter. Guess I better get ready for bed.

petaj petaj - 2007-04-13: 22:14:00
If it's not an oven mitt, she has a bad case of oedema -- in which case her self-image (as seen in the spoon) is much healthier than she is.

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2009-10-30: 00:05:00
Today's definition was suggested by pinwheel. Thank you pinwheel. ~ James