Verboticism: Conflusterrent

'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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Punitasker

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: pyoōnētaskr

Sentence: Julia had to work last Saturday so she asked John to take care or fixing dinner. Knowing that he had little experience in the kitchen, she detailed everything he needed to do. He followed her instructions to the letter. He seared and cooked the steaks, prepared the mashed potatoes and vegetables. He even heated an apple pie for dessert. Unfortunately, John is not only a uni-tasker he is a punitasker. Not being able to manage the details and timing involved in getting it all done at the same time he did them in sequence. First he cooked the meat, then the vegetables and so on. After each step he would add the component to a plate and put it in the warmer oven. By the time Julia got home the steaks had the same consistency as the china. That’s when John displayed his one real talent. He placed an order with the local Chinese restaurant. John’s cooking didn’t go completely to waste. The baby carrots he cooked worked perfectly as toothpicks.

Etymology: puny (small and weak) + task (a piece of work to be done or undertaken) play on uni-tasker (something that has only one function)

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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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Attentiondelicate

Created by: splendiction

Pronunciation: a TEN tion del i cat

Sentence: Jim’s attentiondelicate disorder required he focus on one activity at a time. Even the simplest multitasking would be disastrous, even lethal, for Jim. One such disaster occurred the time he really wanted to fit in at movie night and eat popcorn while watching a movie. Jim stuffed popcorn in his mouth and forgot to chew, requiring the aid of eleven movie-goers and two attendants.

Etymology: From attention and delicate - a variation of "attention deficit disorder".

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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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Taskmixmaster

Created by: bookowl

Pronunciation: task/mix/mas/tur

Sentence: A true taskmixmaster will royally screw up multiple tasks at once.

Etymology: task + mixmaster

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COMMENTS:

Good onme...stir the pot! - Nosila, 2009-05-13: 19:18:00

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Multitrashing

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: multi trash ing

Sentence: Bruno prided himself on being a superman when it came to accomplishing a lot. The reality is that he could never do more than one thing at a time without leaving a trail behind him. His wife, Hilda figured he was good at multitrashing. She got the vacuum out for the sixth time that day to clean up his tv-watching pile of debris. Then it hit her, I am enabling him. She tossed the vacuum at him and told him to multitask..."Breath, walk and vacuum at the same time...if you can!"

Etymology: Multitasking (the activity of doing more than one thing at the same time)& Trashing (making a mess;express a totally negative opinion of)

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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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COMMENTS:

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

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Unilimited

Created by: mweinmann

Pronunciation: u - nee - lim - it - ted

Sentence: When it came to everyday life, Maurice was unilimited. If he was driving, having a conversation might mean that he would run someone over who was crossing the street. As they say, he couldn't "walk and chew gum" at the same time....

Etymology: uni (prefix meaning one), limited (circumscribed: subject to limits or subjected to limits) putting the uni in unlimited completely changes its meaning!

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Like it - Nosila, 2009-05-13: 19:19:00

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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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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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