Verboticism: Scattertasking

'Please don't try to watch TV and eat at the same time!'

DEFINITION: n. A person who gets completely disoriented whenever they try to do more that one thing at a time. v. To make a big mess because you are trying to do too many things at once.

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Duoflop

Created by: dekra

Pronunciation: dew-oh-flop

Sentence: Arthur was typical duoflop; two tasks, two failures. Althought adept at channel surfing, a bucket of popcorn or soda added into the mix meant crumbs in the couch and sparks from the clicker. He was a monomaster, but a duoflop.

Etymology: Duo (Two) + Flop (Fail)

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Disorientexpress

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: dis oree ent ex pres

Sentence: Between operating the TV remote, eating, drinking burping and talking on the phone and to the TV set, Bruno was working the disorientexpress. He set the record for making the fastest mess on the couch for his wife Debbie to try and clean, as she cooked dinner, watered the plants, did the laundry and dishes,fed the pets, balanced the books, vacuumed and got tomorrow's lunches for everyone ready. It's true, a woman's work is never done...

Etymology: Disorient (confuse, muddle,flummox) & WordPlay on Orient Express (The Orient Express is the name of a long-distance passenger train service originally operated by the Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits. It ran from 1883 to 2009, from Paris to Istanbul.)

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Clumsitasking

Created by: griffiegrrl

Pronunciation: Clum-see-task-ing

Sentence: "George made a big mess Clumsitasking by changing a diaper while talking on the phone and watching the evening news."

Etymology: Clumsy - Tasking (akin to Multitasking)

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Ambimesstrous

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: am bee mess truss

Sentence: Most women who are charged with a career, raising a family and keeping a home are ambidextrous multitaskers. Unfortunately, opposites attract, so they tend to get mates who are ambimesstrous. While the woman feeds a baby, irons a shirt for work, packs the lunches, cooks breakfast and ices the cupcakes for kindergarten, the husband stands in front of an open fridge, in front of the milk, shouting "Honey, where's the milk to put in my coffee, I can't see it anywhere?" He's not dressed yet, because she has not told him what to wear and where to find it and he ignores the starving cat and dog, who just want fresh water and food. They know that Mom will get it for them in a moment...

Etymology: Ambidextrous(equally skillful with each hand) & Mess (a state of confusion and disorderliness; informal terms for a difficult situation;make a mess of or create disorder in)

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COMMENTS:

Very funny! :-) - emdeejay, 2009-05-13: 02:35:00

I can identify. - Mustang, 2009-05-13: 07:57:00

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Multifail

Created by: wizzbritt

Pronunciation: Mul-tee-fay-ul

Sentence: I tried to brush my teeth while feeding the baby and jogging on the treadmill but ended up multi failing.

Etymology: Multi: more than one Fail: be unsucessful

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Pluralost

petaj

Created by: petaj

Pronunciation: ploo-ral-ost

Sentence: Carter had to leave the orienteering club because he could not read a map, use a compass, carry a pack and observe the position of the sun at the same time to figure out his location. He was a pluralost.

Etymology: plural (more than one) + -ist (suffix as in pianist) + lost (disoriented)

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COMMENTS:

hyperborean Good job! I was pluralost trying to figure out a word for this definition. - hyperborean, 2009-05-14: 12:35:00

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Multibasketcase

Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: mull/tee/bas/ket/case

Sentence: Sam was a complete multibasketcase whenever Sally asked him to help with the housework. In the end it was safer to do it on her own.

Etymology: multitask + basket case

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COMMENTS:

Good one! - Nosila, 2009-05-13: 19:19:00

So true Jabber! Kudos to you again! :) - abrakadeborah, 2009-05-14: 10:34:00

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Multitsk

libertybelle

Created by: libertybelle

Pronunciation: mull-tee-tsk (tongue clicking sound)

Sentence: The sever car pile-up on Route 287 was the direct result of Gary's attempts to multi-tsk. I mean driving and singing along with the radio is one thing. Driving, singing and drinking coffee is another, but Gary was driving, drinking coffee, sending a text message, shaving and reading the paper all at the same time. Tsk tsk, Gary.

Etymology: multi-task + tsk tsk tsk - tonge clicking noise synonamous with "shame on you"

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COMMENTS:

hehe - galwaywegian, 2009-05-13: 12:27:00

I hope Gary has learned his lesson! good word - splendiction, 2009-05-13: 22:51:00

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Pigstybunkist

Created by: abrakadeborah

Pronunciation: Pig-sty-bunk-ist

Sentence: Sallynag Sunkist knew all too quickly when she married Alberto, he was a pigstybunkist. No matter how many times she nagged...she couldn't change the fact Alberto was so slack. Try as she might to be his Mother he would ignore her. He said "listen here my dear Sallynag, if you don't like the way I am...then pack your bags and leave my pigpen...I've already have a Mother and I do not need another!"

Etymology: Pigsty:(Slang) A dirty,very untidy place,very messy! Bunk: (slang) meaning absurd,ridiculous,something totally stupid. Bunkist: A person that is absurd and ridiculous. Pigstybunkist: A person that is sloppy and untidy and a ridiculous slob.

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Monoahmono

Created by: emdeejay

Pronunciation: Mono Umm Oh No!

Sentence: Poor Chris. His left hand really didn't know what the right was doing. Picking up an object with the left meant dropping whatever he held in the right. While he had managed to master talking and walking simultaneously, he was still a real monoahmono kind of guy!

Etymology: From the Spanish "mano a mano", literally hand-to-hand, but frequently (mis)used in English to mean "one on one". One Chris, one activity. No exceptions!

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Hand to hand the chaos goes, where it stops no-one knows. - dochanne, 2009-05-15: 04:27:00

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