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Word of the Day Contest!

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Word of the Day Contest!
Thank you, Marion, for choosing my "daffynition" for the last Word of the Day contest. So, here s the new Word of the Day:
I want your funniest fake definitions for this word. Anyone posting the real definition until the end of the contest deserves 40 lashes with a wet noodle (which is not the real definition of tomentose!) I will choose a winner Monday evening or later if I don t get enough definitions by that time. Happy fabrication, everyone!

19 Jan 2014      

maryse pey

I ve got some in my garden : a TOMENTOSE is a TOmato TOrmented by its TOSE (sorry : TOES) in a messy order.
So this poor thing can t walk correctly and is always falling because it tries to rearrange its toes !

19 Jan 2014     

United Kingdom

I always like to be funny, but unfortunately I can t think of a funny comment for this word since it describes a person afflicted with extreme bipolar disorder, and believe me, that s not funny. And I should know! The word derives from Latin (actually, quite late Latin which hasn t been fully recorded in America), but I m happy to break it down: 
To = two
ment = mind
ose = ose or ed. 

19 Jan 2014     

United States

People please. Don t over think things. TOMENTOSE is simply a combination of the first two words of John Keats until recently unpublished ode to a mint flavored candy: To Mentos.

19 Jan 2014     



Related with the stormy weather, but the strong winds blow the R away.

19 Jan 2014     


tomentose   should be spelled as to  mentose   = to (indicating infinitive form) + verb mentose.
To tose = to pull apart, to break apart, to divide
to mentose = to divide men
Eg. The famous saying: "Nothing is more likely to mentose folks than over jealousy and petty talks."

19 Jan 2014     


just like bad breath sometimes just means bad breath, tomentose is the - not very fancy but - official term for someone who went into a coma after eating to many tomatoes.............

19 Jan 2014     


edro: priceless as ususal

But: wrong !!

This wonderful word is a neologism for high heels and other shoes that make women wince and pay a hard price for their sense of fashion. Look at the picture below and you ll see what I mean: they TORMENT your TOES in a way you can t even speak properly any more.

20 Jan 2014     


It s quite clear to me:

It s a creepy state of mind you are in when you can t decide which of two men you should marry.

20 Jan 2014