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You Should Have Bought A Squirrel
February 16th, 2002 - 5:02 a.m.I'm Currently Avoiding:
...especially if the person who offers to sell it to you was that crazy lady who played the Nurse in Misery and Delores Claiborne. I honestly think that's enough said. Except for the fact that I'd really like it if the mouse would STOP RUNNING ALL OVER THE PLACE!!!!
verbicide (n. VER-buh-syde)
1 : deliberate distortion of the sense of a word (as in punning)
2 : one who distorts the sense of a word
If you think verbicide sounds like a silly way of saying the killing of a verb, you're not entirely wrong. Verbicide was formed by combining the Latin word for word itself, which is verbum, with the English suffix -cide, meaning killer or killing. Verbicide describes the metaphorical killing of a word by the distortion or destruction of its meaning (and these murderous tendencies are not limited to verbs -- one can commit verbicide upon any part of speech). It can be applied to wordplay or punning, or to language distortions that are intentionally deceptive or euphemistic. It has also developed a second sense referring to the person who creates such distortions.
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And I like it that way.