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'Yeah, I'm in heaven now.'

DEFINITION: n. A harmless untruth, intended to comfort simple souls. v. To use a little bit a fiction to smooth over the perplexities and complexities of life.

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Created by: alex88

Pronunciation: fOp

Sentence: I was filled with phope after listening to Barack Obama promise the moon.

Etymology: f (for false) + hope


it's a phunny one! - reverb, 2008-07-12: 15:39:00

got my vote - wurdless, 2008-07-12: 18:09:00


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Created by: mana1066

Pronunciation: per-jilled-ence

Sentence: granpa always had a perjildance for every question we asked as kids, but he still uses them even tough were in our late twenties

Etymology: perjury( of course, not in the court of law) + child (as in how you're spoken to when lied to in this sense)

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Created by: emmyb2

Pronunciation: sal-vo-mint

Sentence: I'm not feeling bad about that lie; it was just a small salvoment, meant to ease my mother's pain.

Etymology: salv-save ment-lie

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Created by: pinwheel

Pronunciation: skull/hug/ar/ee

Sentence: It's a massive spot on the end of my nose but my boyfriend says you can hardly see it. He's either blind or telling me a skullhuggery!

Etymology: Skullduggery + Hug

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Created by: mplsbohemian

Pronunciation: SHOOG-ur-sats

Sentence: Alex realised that the president's speech about victory in the war and a glowing economy was just a pile of sugarsatz.

Etymology: sugar + ersatz (fake). The initial "sh" sound also calls to mind a certain four-letter word which often fits this definition, as well. Moreover, "sugarsatz" sounds vaguely Yiddish, from which American English derives many words that couldalsofitthebill.


Heady ... I like that. - jedijawa, 2007-04-16: 12:54:00

Agree. I forgot what erstaz meant! - purpleartichokes, 2007-04-16: 14:30:00

From above: ersatz (fake) - mplsbohemian, 2007-04-16: 15:24:00


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Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: ly ab ili tee

Sentence: Kurt's lieability helped improve his likeability.

Etymology: Lie (untruth;to deceive) & Ability ( possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done0 & Woredplay on Liability (the quality of being something that holds you back)

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Created by: missashley

Pronunciation: fib/eez/er

Sentence: Marcia had gotten an awful haircut, that looked like it had been crafted by Edward ScissorHands on a bad day. So her bestfriend Lily told her "It is just ahead of it's time and soon everyone will have the same cut!", just a small fibeaser to make her feel better.

Etymology: Fib- a small or trivial lie; minor falsehood ease-to free from anxiety or care

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Created by: Sed8ed

Pronunciation: pa-tree-cod-el

Sentence: Joe found it easier to patricoddle the man who accosted him daily from the alley asking for two bits, rather than being rude and scaring him away.

Etymology: patri from patronize + coddle (to pamper, or whatever you like) = patricoddle

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Created by: mweinmann

Pronunciation: simp - le - fik - shun - all - iz

Sentence: Since Sally couldn't quite explain the circumstances of her whereabouts, she decided to simplictionalize her story. She felt that it took out the complexity of the situation and put it into a scenario that was better understandable by her family.

Etymology: simplify, fictionalize

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Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: pla/see/bull

Sentence: 'Hard work always pays off' - a placeebull to keep workers motivated

Etymology: placebo + bull (as in bullshit) (had to put the second e in my word to emphasize sound)


okayee - galwaywegian, 2007-04-16: 06:30:00

Ain't it the truth!?! - Sed8ed, 2007-04-16: 06:33:00

petaj That example sounds like an alfalsism. Or a generaLIEzation. - petaj, 2007-04-16: 06:37:00

That's a great play on words! - jedijawa, 2007-04-16: 12:56:00


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ErWenn - 2007-04-16: 08:00:00
Best verbotoon ever. So it goes, buddy, so it goes.

ErWenn - 2007-04-16: 08:20:00
Just noticed what was written on the typewriter. Ha!

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-04-16: 15:03:00
Today's definition was suggested by Kurt Vonnegut and first appeared in his novel Cat's Cradle.
Thank you Mr. Vonnegut! ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-04-16: 15:12:00
RE: "Best Verbotoon Ever" Thanks ErWenn! However I must say it was all inspired by KV himself. So it goes... ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-04-17: 16:11:00
See the top 4 words of the day at Yeah, I'm in heaven now ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2008-06-23: 00:01:00
Today's definition was suggested by Kurt Vonnegut and first appeared in his novel Cat's Cradle.
Thank you Mr. Vonnegut! ~ James

wurdless - 2008-07-12: 15:23:00
Vonnegut is cool!

reverb - 2008-07-12: 15:31:00
cat's cradle rocks

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2009-11-02: 00:00:00
Today's definition was suggested by vonnegut. Thank you vonnegut. ~ James

metrohumanx metrohumanx - 2009-11-02: 01:42:00
Live it or live WITH it!