Verboticism: Inkompentense

'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: QuantumMechanic

Pronunciation: pen en suh late

Sentence: I knew the answer, but I didn't couldn't call in to win, because I was peninsulated -- all of the pens I found were dead.

Etymology: pen (ink writing instrument) + insulate (isolate), parallel to peninsula (an isolated spit of land)

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Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: ink oh hee rent

Sentence: the inkoherence meant he just had to scrape her number onto his arm.

Etymology: incoherent ink

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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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Created by: Eyeshah

Pronunciation: /pen-DIK-uh-mint/

Sentence: Pennelope found herself in quite the pendicament (quilemma) when her professor decided to give a pop quiz, and her backpack rummagings for a functional pen proved fruitless.

Etymology: pen+predicament=pendicament

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Created by: idavecook

Pronunciation: Dry-STRY-lus

Sentence: After repeatedly licking the pen Chip was now under the all to common spell of dristylus.

Etymology: Dry + Stylus "i" for fun!

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Created by: remistram

Pronunciation: fruh-pen-strey-shun

Sentence: By digging a small grave for all his old pens helped his frupenstration anxiety, but he did keep his favorite purple pen under his pillow - in case the pen fairy happened to come around.

Etymology: frustration + pen


has a great sound to it - would be very satisfying to mutter when searching for a pen - Jabberwocky, 2007-11-06: 14:03:00

thanks! I was going to go with fruspentration, but it sounded odd...! - remistram, 2007-11-06: 16:20:00


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Created by: abrakadeborah

Pronunciation: dud-stri-mint

Sentence: All of the pens in the office were dudstriments when Sam really needed to take notes.

Etymology: Dud- a person or thing that proves ineffectual or a failure. Instriments taken in part of the correct spelling "instruments" - An implement used to facilitate work.

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Created by: porsche

Pronunciation: kwill/it/ur/at

Sentence: Without his ink source Dave was quilliterate.

Etymology: quill + illiterate

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Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: in/kon/spic/yu/us

Sentence: Maybe if he pressed hard enough on the paper he would be able to see an outline of his words but the pen was virtually inkonspicuous.

Etymology: ink + inconspicuous


Like it! - TJayzz, 2008-10-03: 14:28:00

good one! - Nosila, 2008-10-03: 20:15:00


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Created by: yellowbird

Pronunciation: inka-myoo-knee-ka-dough

Sentence: I was inkommunicado at the meeting and I think my boss might have noticed.

Etymology: ink + incommunicado (not able to communicate)

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