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'You can't put paper towels in the paper recycling!!'

DEFINITION: n. Anxiety created by an inability to understand or follow the regulations for recycling, composting and garbage collection. v. To feel confused and conflicted because you produce too much garbage and don't know how to get rid of it.

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Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: diss trah sssh d

Sentence: He didn't feel totally rubbish, but admitted to being a trifle distrashed

Etymology: distressed trash

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: rēsīkəld

Sentence: Friday is coming again and Mrs. Green is freaking out. Sure, she read all the regulations about what to throw out and what can be put in the sacred blue bin but she is completely repsychled out. It doesn't help that the rules have been changed several times in the past year. With her mother scheduled to come for a visit, she has vowed to stop hiding her trash in the guest room.

Etymology: recycle (convert (waste) into reusable material) + psyched out (intimidated)


Excellent!! - Mustang, 2009-01-16: 01:24:00


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Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: dis/com/post/yur

Sentence: I hurried down the street with my sunglasses on, listening to my ipod, so that none of the neighbours would notice my discomposture after I had hastily stashed a plastic muffin tray in the recycling bin. It did have a recyling symbol on it but I wasn't sure if the number was acceptable or not.

Etymology: discomposure + compost + dis (as in disrespect)


Too true! - silveryaspen, 2009-01-15: 12:41:00

Sounds like the makings of great gardening soil - Mustang, 2009-01-16: 01:23:00


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Created by: CrayonWarrior

Pronunciation: X-SAMPA - RefjudjVn Reh-fyu-jun

Sentence: "Okay. the glass can't go with anything else, but you can't mix coloured glass, and the batteries must be in a little bag next to the boxes, and the cans can't go with the tetra packs, but what about plastic type 4?" there was no doubt about it; recycling caused Steve unnecessary amounts of refusion

Etymology: Refuse - waste /confusion - a state of befuddlement or stress

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Created by: picabomama

Pronunciation: ee/co/guilt

Sentence: Despite using cloth diapers and cloth napkins and cedar cat litter, Kelly's ecoguilt could not be soothed. When she began making art out of toilet paper tubes, her husband decided it was time for an intervention.

Etymology: eco- shorthand for ecology + guilt- the terrible feeling that you are somehow failing


Great sentence. Right on the definition! Outstanding! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-25: 11:08:00


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Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: re-cyc-lah-FOE-bya

Sentence: Wilbur had a bad case of recyclophobia when it came time to separate recyclables for collection each Thursday, as he could not grasp the concept of separating those materials from ordinary refuse and he always wound up leaving the job to his wife, Clara.

Etymology: blend of 'recycle' (to treat or process (used or waste materials so as to make suitable for reuse) and 'phobia' (unreasonable fear of something)

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Created by: stache

Pronunciation: ĭ-cō'sĭs

Sentence: Seeing Marge drop the aluminum can into the plastics bin gave Homer a wave of ecosis.

Etymology: ec, Middle English ick, from Latin icere, ick-, disease of aquarium fish; os, Origin: bef. 900; ME; OE ōse < L osa; akin to Gk óson, system of operation; is, depends on what "is" is.


stache, you must have checked out my book on Etymology: The Big Book of Where'd That Come From? - doseydotes, 2008-03-25: 09:11:00

We try to learn from the masters. - stache, 2008-03-25: 09:44:00


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Created by: kateinkorea

Pronunciation: per KERBD

Sentence: I am getting fed up with Mike always being percurbed about putting out our recylables on the road. He worries about whether we are putting out too much or too little. Last week he brought some of our trash to work so nobody would see it in front of our place in our recycle bins.

Etymology: PERTURBED: alarmed anxious or worried about something CURB: side of the road


funny - Jabberwocky, 2009-01-15: 13:20:00


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Created by: diyan627

Pronunciation: compost-traumatic-go-green-disorder

Sentence: Jenna decided to attend the neighborhood recycling workshop to help work through her compost-traumatic go-green disorder.

Etymology: compost + post-traumatic stress disorder + "Go Green!" (common phrase that inspires massive amounts of pro-activity and momentum to do your part to make our world a better place)

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Created by: petaj

Pronunciation: waste not woe not

Sentence: Zach's wastenotwoenot had become so bad that he had resorted to interviewing his great grandmother about how she used to crochet floor rugs from fabric scraps, rinse out bread bags for re-use, use magazine pages for toilet paper and boil up soap scraps to create a new bar of soap.

Etymology: waste not, want not (adage from the old days of environmentalism, known as the great depression when everything that could be reused was) + woe (sorrow, anxiety)


they really had the right idea didn't they? - Jabberwocky, 2008-03-25: 12:14:00

So true! So glad you presented this important part of the issue, the heart of the matter. Sentence and word are Superb! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-25: 12:52:00


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Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2008-03-25: 00:01:00
Today's definition was suggested by remistram. Thank you remistram. ~ James

stache - 2008-03-25: 02:10:00
I love the "IDEAS" bin.

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2008-03-25: 05:32:00
Thanks stache. That's the bin where I put out my old ideas for recycling. ~ James

Jamagra - 2008-03-25: 08:07:00
James... maybe you could recycle those ideas my way? Love the cartoon and the word, but today... I got nothin'.

Jamagra - 2008-03-25: 09:10:00
Oh! Thought of something. I'm good now!

remistram - 2008-03-25: 10:23:00
got our massive bin last week...process is a bit more streamlined, am happy now!

purpleartichokes - 2008-03-25: 11:15:00
Lucky you, remi... our community recycling consists of loading the stuff up in your car and taking it to the recycling center on one of the few days/hours that they happen to be open. Sucks. I did get a FREE compost bin from our state env. protection folks. $80 value. My mother (and only my mother) is so proud!

My Rottin' Poem

I love my compost pile!
It thrills me to the bone
To think that all that wilted slop
Will enhance the crops I've grown!

I garden with a passion,
And I compost with a zeal.
I collect the coffee grounds at work
And cherish every peel.

In my cellar I compost in winter
Much to my son's dismay.
Though sweet to me, the smell can chase
Unwanted guests away.

My pile in the summer
Is a another sad slop story.
The dog next door gulps the gourmet treat,
Then regurgitates... quite gory.

The peels get strewn about my lawn
By some midnight compost thief.
I try to promptly pick up the stuff,
Before the neighbors give me grief.

The egg-shells never make it
To calcify my plants.
The birds steal most of the precious shards
Or they get toted off by ants.

My composting efforts without a bin
Have been daunting, to say the least.
By the time the stuff finally starts to rot,
It gets eaten by some beast.

So you see, kind folks at DEP
Why it's for a bin I pray.
If I can clean up my compost act,
The neighbors might let me stay!

silveryaspen - 2008-03-25: 13:09:00
Funtastic rhyme and reasoning!

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2008-03-25: 16:22:00
Hey purple, I figured you loved vegetables, and guessed you were a dedicated composter, but composting in your basement??? Yikes!! Maybe that's why your shower curtain is covered in mildew. ~ James

Jamagra - 2008-03-25: 17:25:00
Purple, I am very proud of you too! You grow, girl!

purpleartichokes - 2008-03-25: 18:21:00
Um, yeah, I actually did compost in the basement in a garbage can. Apparently, I didn't add enough "browns" to the mix, cuz when I dumped it in the spring, the neighborhood smelled like a cesspool for days. ...oops. Thanks Jamagra! I'm gonna try my hand at a giant punkin this year! James - thanks for the idea. I bet that shower curtain junk would compost nicely!

arrrteest - 2008-03-25: 18:37:00
Great poem, too! I used to have a worm composting bin. At least the kids thought it was cool.

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2010-06-01: 00:31:00
Today's definition was suggested by remistram. Thank you remistram. ~ James

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