Verboticism: Bickenscratch

'What's with this stupid pen?'

DEFINITION: v., To search for and find a pen to write down an important note, only to discover that the pen does not work. n., A moment in time when the only pens you can find, are pens that do not work.

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Created by: purpleartichokes

Pronunciation: BIK-tum-ized

Sentence: The infomercial was urging him to "CALL NOW!!", but where was the freakin' pen to write down the number!? Finally finding it right where he left it, wedged between the telephone and milk in the refrigerator, he snatched it up and began to write down the number. But, alas, it would not produce anything more than a small dent in the paper, leaving Bob, once again, bictimized.

Etymology: Bic (brand of pen), victimized


The noun would be a "bicdemise". - purpleartichokes, 2007-11-06: 04:59:00

petaj That would be the moment when he threw the useless calligraphic instrument into the bin. - petaj, 2007-11-06: 07:11:00

libertybelle On the plus side, that probably saved Bob from later suffering buyers regret. - libertybelle, 2007-11-06: 08:50:00


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Created by: mplsbohemian

Pronunciation: ehks-TINGK

Sentence: Alex scrambled to write down the girl's phone number, only to find that the only writing utensil was extink.

Etymology: extinct + ink

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Created by: Floatzilla




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Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: by ron ee

Sentence: It was one of life's bits of birony that Fred could only find pens in his house that were all out of ink. He could never find the write stuff!

Etymology: Biro (a pen that has a small metal ball as the point of transfer of ink to paper) & Irony (incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs)

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Created by: pungineer

Pronunciation: Style/less

Sentence: Winston's major coronary failure was prompted when he was left styless in his own home, at the very moment he needed to write down the number flashing before him on the screen, his thoughtless children had taken all the functioning pens to school...

Etymology: Stylus - writing utensil + Less - opposite of more


petaj No doubt his children thought he was styleless too. Daaaad, don't pick me up from school wearing that. - petaj, 2007-11-06: 07:09:00

ha, that'll teach them to steal all the good pens! - pungineer, 2007-11-06: 12:02:00


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Created by: thegoatisbad

Pronunciation: yeah-uh-hold-on-a-sec

Sentence: Kimberly was in for a frustrating day when Zinnia traded all of her well-hydrated pens with their desiccated cousins from long forgotten junk drawers. Zinnia could hardly contain her amusement as Kimberly constantly yeahuhholdonasec'ed with customers placing large scale orders of sweaters.

Etymology: it's what you say on the phone when you can't find a pen

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Created by: Stevenson0

Pronunciation: pen/daver

Sentence: It's another of Murphy's Laws that writing utensils turn into pendavers when an important message needs to be scribbled.

Etymology: PENDAVER noun - from PEN (instrument for writing) + CADAVER (a dead body)


I bet Dexter has several pendavers - Jabberwocky, 2008-10-03: 09:47:00

Good word - OZZIEBOB, 2008-10-05: 17:35:00


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Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: Pen-ink-less

Sentence: Marvin searched in vain for a pen that would dispense ink evenly but sadly, he remained penninkless

Etymology: pen - ink -less

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Created by: jsmccarty82

Pronunciation: I-ron-ick-al

Sentence: It seems that this journal is a chronicle of ironies. Hey it should be called an ironical journal!

Etymology: A chronicle of ironies.

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: nin-skrahyb

Sentence: It doesn't matter how many pens he owns, Larry always finds the one that has no ink and proceeds to ninscribe whatever urgent message he is trying to retain. Some of his pens even play jokes on him by writing a few works before transforming into paper scratchers.

Etymology: ninja (mercenary in feudal Japan reported to possess the ability to be invisible) + inscribe (to mark a surface with words, characters, etc.)

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