Verboticism: Sonraise

'Why are you staring at me like that? '

DEFINITION: v. To be woken up by a child or pet who is quietly but intently staring at you from the edge of your bed. n. A creepy silent stare that is so intense that it pierces sleep.

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Cattygoreyes

Created by: Tigger

Pronunciation: /kat-ee-gor-ayz/

Sentence: Max secretly delighted in mildly tormenting his 'person' — the Can Opener Lady, as he affectionately thought of her. She always wanted to go to sleep at the same time every night though, which was just strange, so it was easy to justify harassing her. He knew that staring at her while she was awake agitated her, but he'd discovered that even when her eyes were closed he could cattygoreyes her, boring his stare into the back of her head, and making her squirm. At the same time, Max would idly try to send her thoughts of getting up and work the can opener again, or making that fake mouse on a string come to life, as she sometimes did. Maybe it wasn't nice to tease the Can Opener Lady, but how else was he supposed to amuse himself late at night?

Etymology: Catty - slyly malicious (from Low Latin, cattus "cat"[-like]) + Gore - to pierce or stab (from Scottish, gorren) + Eyes - organs of sight (from Old English, ēge)

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COMMENTS:

love it! - galwaywegian, 2008-03-18: 06:37:00

It's better than the cat's meow! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-18: 09:59:00

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Eyetapper

Created by: diyan627

Pronunciation: eye-tapper

Sentence: Jasmine might as well have been doing a tap dance to 'Puttin on the Ritz' to get our attention. There's something about that eyetapper that can wake us right out of sleep with intention! Except she wants to be entertained, not do the entertaining.

Etymology: eye + tapper (to strike with a light blow or blows: I tapped you on the shoulder to get your attention. tap dance.)

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COMMENTS:

Great song for the day! You tapped right into this one in more ways than one! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-18: 10:18:00

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Bestialarming

Created by: Kazizzle

Pronunciation: bee/styuhl/ahr/ming or bee/stee/uhl/ahr/ming

Sentence: Clarissa awoke to the feeling of being watched and abruptly sat up. Not unexpectedly therefore, it was bestialarming to see her dog and cat staring at her from the bedroom doorway.

Etymology: From bestial - of or referring to beasts (any animal other than humans) and alarming - causing fear, alarm, or fright.

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Broodawakening

Created by: purpleartichokes

Pronunciation: brood-ah-way-kun-ing

Sentence: Living with two dogs, a cat, and three kids, Sherry was generally roused each morning by a broodawakening, gazing intently at her and hungry for breakfast.

Etymology: brood (both offspring and to meditate with morbid persistence), rude awakening

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COMMENTS:

Startling darlings ... Outstanding! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-18: 10:28:00

on a roll - Jabberwocky, 2008-03-18: 14:49:00

Excellent. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-03-19: 16:31:00

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Starewolf

Created by: Banky

Pronunciation: stair-wulf

Sentence: Lynn gasped audibly as she opened her eyes, her reflection mirrored in twin dead reflecting pools, sanguine in the light from the alarm clock. She froze in place as fetid hot breath assaulted her nostrils. She tried to form the words to wake her husband, but they were lost in his cavernous snores. The beast opened its rancorous mouth and licked her full on across the mouth, and then bolted for the door. A mixture of chewed kleenex and rawhide dotted her cheek as she realized the starewolf was just the dogs needing to go out. Groaning when she saw the time, she rolled back over and pretended to accidentally elbow her husband in the face, feigning sleep as he dutifully rose to let the twin monsters out to sour the lawn with their feculence.

Etymology: stare + wolf; ala werewolf

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COMMENTS:

great sentence - Jabberwocky, 2008-03-18: 15:05:00

I like how I came up with the definition, and upon re-reading it, I realized I didn't actually stick to the definition. Haha, I'm an idiot. - Banky, 2008-03-18: 15:24:00

Another great sentence. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-03-18: 16:39:00

Are your dogs wolf hounds? Houndingly good creations! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-18: 19:13:00

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Stalkgawking

Created by: bradly224

Pronunciation: Stalk*Gawk*Ing

Sentence: She awoke to her one night stand perched next to her on the edge of the bed, stalkgawking her.

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Shushogle

Created by: c2flores

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Sorcereye

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: sôrsərī

Sentence: Maggie insists her cat Beelzebub practices sorcereye, not just watching her sleep but staring into her dreams looking for a chance to take over her soul.

Etymology: sorcery (the use of magic, esp. black magic) + eye (look at or watch closely or with interest)

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Esostare

Created by: DragonRider428

Pronunciation: esso-stair

Sentence: I get this creepy feeling that something's giving me the esostare.

Etymology: the word "stare" with the prefix "eso", meaning inward or within

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Staretle

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: steyr till

Sentence: When Sara's enormous Kitty wanted out or fed, he would staretle her until she awoke. Sometimes it took a while for her to catch on and wake up and see to his needs. Eventually, he found a quicker way to wake her up and jump start her into action. He would just start retching until he horked up a hairball...that really got her moving!

Etymology: Stare (a fixed look with eyes open wide) & Startle (a sudden involuntary movement)

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