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interweb - Internet, used by people who are either unfamiliar with the internet or (more often) by people who are very familiar.

e.g., I'm not sure. Maybe you could go back to your computer and look it up on that interweb thing.

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interweber - One who engages and participates in web 2.0 services such as blogs, wikis, and social networking sites.

e.g., Interwebers Gary and Dan run personal blogs and are members of numerous social networking web sites.

submitted by Chris Leone - (www)

intherjot - The entrance of something, such as a building or a house.

e.g., The intherjot of the store was locked down at night.

submitted by Ashley

intipsicated - Intoxicated.

e.g., Nothing makes MADD madder than intipsicated drivers.

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intivilization - Combination of intelligence and civilization; discovered in a lousy attempt to describe the intellegence of our civilization

e.g., How can intivilization be described by your village idiot?

submitted by Paul

into - Often used when two words should be used: in to. In all the examples, into is incorrect: Hand in, cave in, turn in, tune in -- all followed by to would be correct. Here, it's needed for the joke: I think she was a witch. She whispered something in his ear and he turned into a motel.

e.g., An Olympics ambassador alleged to have hurled bricks at a police car was handed into cops by her mum. | Recently, National Review Online seems to have caved into the demands of CAIR and removed an advertisement for a book that criticizes their prophet Muhammad. | Lohan, who will also have a new probation officer, was ordered to turn herself into the Lynwood Correctional Facility by Nov. 9. | This time around, I predict that the voters will be very much tuned into the phoniness factor. | These are the deadheads who just finally gave into the fact that Jerry Garcia really is dead.

submitted by Miss Speller

into vs. in to - I've long had in mind adding an entry about when to use "into" and when to use "in to," but was undecided about how to do so. I've decided to find several explanations and use this slot in the pd to introduce several sites which can help you with correct usage. All of the material in the example field will be copyrighted, with the copyright holder indicated in the first part of the entry. You can see what each has to say, then decide which, if any, you want to add to your favorite grammar & usage sites. I think what I have in mind falls under fair use provisions of copyright law. Nothing is cited with permission, so if it doesn't, I'll be glad to prepared to address any complaints. See into for more.

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Into vs. In To | WritersDigest.com: Q: Can you explain when to use "into" versus when you should use "in to"? -- Char Using "into" and "in to" interchangeably is a very common grammar faux pas -- heck, my sister commits this grandiose error in e-mails at least twice a day and, despite my attempts to sic the grammar police on her, she continues to write recklessly. But if you understand their individual definitions, it's easy to pick the right word to convey your true meaning and avoid the grammar police altogether. 
 
The word "into" is a preposition that expresses movement of something toward or into something else. I made it into work a few minutes early today. The tooth fairy tucked the tooth into her pocket before placing a $1 bill under my daughter's pillow.  
 
"In to," on the other hand, is the adverb "in" followed by the preposition "to." They aren't really related and only happen to fall next to each other based on sentence construction. My boss sat in to audit the meeting. The tooth fairy came in to collect my daughter's tooth. 
 
One trick to help you decipher which word (or word pairing) is correct is to think of it this way: "Into" usually answers the question "where?" while "in to" is generally short for "in order to." So look at your sentence and replace "into" or "in to" with "where?" If the second half of your sentence answers it, use "into." If it doesn't, replace "where" with "in order to." If that works, use "in to." Here is this method put into practice: 
The tooth fairy put my daughter's tooth where? Ah -- into her pocket. 
 
The tooth fairy came in where? To collect my daughter's tooth? Hmm -- that doesn't work. The tooth fairy came in order to collect my daughter's tooth. 
Grammar police, rest easy -- we've got this one under control.
Common Errors in English Usage | Paul Brians "Into" is a preposition which often answers the question, "where?" For example, "Tom and Becky had gone far into the cave before they realized they were lost." Sometimes the "where" is metaphorical, as in, "He went into the army" or "She went into business." It can also refer by analogy to time: "The snow lingered on the ground well into April." In old-fashioned math talk, it could be used to refer to division: "Two into six is three." In other instances where the words "in" and "to" just happen to find themselves neighbors, they must remain separate words. For instance, "Rachel dived back in to rescue the struggling boy." Here "to" belongs with "rescue" and means "in order to," not "where." (If the phrase had been "dived back into the water," "into" would be required.)  
 
Try speaking the sentence concerned aloud, pausing distinctly between "in" and "to." If the result sounds wrong, you probably need "into."  
 
Then there is the 60s colloquialism which lingers on in which "into" means "deeply interested or involved in": "Kevin is into baseball cards." This is derived from usages like "the committee is looking into the fund-raising scandal." The abbreviated form is not acceptable formal English, but is quite common in informal communications.  
 
See also turn into.
EnglishForums.com | Mister Micawber Action or movement traditionally require into: I ran into the bar. This is in contradistinction to the location preposition, in: I am drinking in the bar.  
 
In to is two separate particles (an adverbial and an infinite marker): I sat in to learn the details of my assignment; I came in to warm my feet.

PS: I can also make the to a preposition: I went in to the jeers of my enemies.
Tina Blue | January 19, 2001 I. Into is a preposition. In a sentence, the preposition into will be part of a prepositional phrase consisting of into + its object + any modifiers of its objects. The entire phrase it is a part of will function adverbially to modify the verb or verb phrase that precedes the phrase.  
 
1. When he walked into the room, he found that the meeting had already started.  
 
2. Put the toys into the basket.  
 
3. The pumpkin was turned into a carriage.  
 
II. In the phrase in to, in is an adverb, directly modifying a verb, and to is a preposition with its own object. When the word into is used in a sentence where in to is meant, the resulting statement can be absurd.  
 
1. She turned her paper in to the teacher.  
 
vs.  
 
2. She turned her paper into the teacher.  
 
In the second sentence, the paper is transformed -- poof! -- into the teacher. We've all heard the old joke about the magician who was so talented that he could drive down the street and turn into a gas station. Of course, if he just wanted to get gas somewhere, he would turn in to a gas station. 1. Put the cookie back into the jar.  
 
2. I need to turn this book back in to the library.  
 
3. Would you hand this assignment in to the teacher for me?  
 
4. Turn your badge in to the officer at the desk.  
 
5. Cinderella stepped into the carriage.  
 
6. At midnight, the carriage turned back into a pumpkin.
The Snarky Student's Guide to Grammar Quick rules:
  • There should generally be only one preposition per phrase. 
  • Use the prepositions into and onto to indicate movement from one place to another. I stepped into the room. He stepped onto the podium. She jumped into the pool. I tossed my book onto the desk.
  • You can often use into and onto interchangeably with in and on, which are also prepositions. She jumped in the pool. I tossed my book on the desk. In both sentences, the sense of movement is obvious through context.
  • If the preposition is an integral part of a phrasal verb, also known as a two-word verb*, then don't consider it a preposition; consider it part of the verb. Keep phrasal verbs intact.

    1. Correct: The robbers will break in to the bank at 6pm. The phrasal verb is 'break in,' meaning to enter without permission. In is part of the verb and the preposition is to.
      Incorrect: The robbers will break into the bank at 6pm. The phrasal verb has been corrupted.
    2. Correct: I'll look into this matter before the end of the day. The phrasal verb 'to look into' means to investigate.
      Incorrect: I'll look in to this matter before the end of the day. The back-to-back prepositions in this phrase signals the error.
    3. Correct: Turn your paper in to your teacher. The phrasal verb 'to turn in' means to submit. In is part of the verb and to is the preposition.
      Even better: Turn in your paper to your teacher. The phrasal verb is kept together.
      Incorrect: Turn your paper into your teacher. Shazam! Your paper is now your teacher. 'To turn into' is another phrasal verb meaning to transform. D'oh, that's not what you meant.
    4. Correct: I am really into alternative music. The phrasal verb 'to be into' means to be passionate about.
      Incorrrect: I am really in to alternative music. The double preposition is the clue that there is an error.
Daily Writing Tips: "How to Choose Between 'Into' or 'Onto' and Their Two-Word Forms" | Mark Nichol Into or in to? Onto, or on to?  
 
Into and onto are prepositions, words that describe relative position. They are part of prepositional phrases, such as "She settled herself into her seat" or "He climbed onto the roof." These words are forward looking, in that, as their grammatical name implies, they are positioned before the object.  
 
In to and on to, on the other hand, are combinations of an adverb (in or on) and the preposition to. Unlike the single-word forms, they look both backward (in and on refer to a preceding verb) and forward (to pertains to the following object).  
 
Of the distinctions between each pair, that distinguishing into from in to is more straightforward. If you wish to write that you went somewhere to let a representative of a company know you are disappointed with a product or service, you can express that idea using either form. But if you write, "I walked into the office to lodge a complaint," the sentence focuses on the prepositional phrase "into the office." If you write, "I walked in to lodge a complaint," the emphasis is the phrase describing the action: "I walked in."  
 
Onto and on to can be more confusing, but think of the problem this way: "She drove onto the highway" means, "She drove so that she was on the highway." Conversely, "She drove on to the highway" means, "She headed for the highway." The two-word form is also appropriate for figurative meanings, where no physical movement or placement exists -- for example, "I think you're really on to something."  
 
Fortunately, there are a couple of ways to test whether onto or on to is correct -- temporarily insert the word up after the verb, or, just for the test, replace the word or the phrase with the word on:  
 
The Up Test
When you wish to write that you used a ladder, could you write, "I climbed up onto the ladder"? Yes, you could, so onto is correct. When you want to express that you clutched something, could you write, "I held up on my hat"? No, the sentence does not make sense, so the two-word form ("I held on to my hat") is the right one in this case.  
 
The On Test
When you wish to write that you scaled a boulder, could you write, "I climbed on a boulder"? Yes, you could, so onto is correct. When you want to express that you bequeathed something, would you write, "I passed it on him"? No, that doesn't make sense, so the two-word form ("I passed it on to him") is correct here.

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intoxiphoning - Telecommunicating after imbibing mass quantities of alcohol, resulting in regretful embarrassment.

e.g., Patrick went on an intoxiphoning bender after consuming a frightening amount of tequila, resulting in a dreadful hangover and a feeling of immense embarrassment.

submitted by patrick gaffey

intoxivacation - Getting drunk on holiday.

e.g., Lorene drank so much on holiday that it led to her intoxivacation.

submitted by Suzan L. Wiener

intracarnation - Reinvention of oneself within this lifetime. A fresh start. A form of immortality-within-mortality.

e.g., I embarked on a new adventure when I left England -- an intracarnation that gave me a fresh view of the world.

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intregoo - A humourous misspelling of "intrigue," originally a mistake, but now used to denote fake, pseudo-, or otherwise unrealistic intrigue in a commonplace occurrence.

e.g., Someone is in the bathroom, you say. Such intregoo.

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intreme - Unusually calm or reserved; does not stand out like it used to; not as obnoxious as normal.

e.g., Since Jim Carrey is usually wacky in his movies, I was so surprised to see his intreme disposition in his movie Liar, Liar.

submitted by MD_Caruso

intriguering - Kinda like beleaguering, only intriguering.

e.g., Hmm, that's a very intriguering word, ZZ.

submitted by Zeromay Zentroclo

intrusittude - Strangers intruding and commenting on scandalous behavior, particularly among youths. Intrusive attitude.

e.g., She showed massive intrusittude in asking us to get off the computers, because we didn't "belong" there.

submitted by Adira

intuitious - Being intuitional and ingenious at the same time. Intuititious.

e.g., That was very intuitious of you.

submitted by Lisa Nujin

inuition - A semi-precognitive sense possessed by dwellers of northern frozen climes.

e.g., Herdlo's inuition told him there was a school of large fish just beneath the ice ledge on which he sat carving an ice fairy.

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invenereal - Immaterial; beside the point; irrelevant. May be used either with deliberate irony or in complete and utter ignorance. Invenerial.

e.g., It doesn't matter. This whole discussion is invenereal.

submitted by Lunch

invenerial - Unimportant, trivial, illogical, irrelevant.

e.g., Most of the information given at the seminar was invenerial, which explains my lack of notes.

submitted by bob schwartz

inventocreativiplasm - The juices that flow thru an artist's mind.

e.g., Every time I hang out with other weirdos, explosive quantities of inventocreativiplasm begin to back-build.

submitted by steve zihlavsky - (www)

inverse / parallel stones time theory - Complex philosophical hypothesis which holds that the possibility of accurately predicting the state of the world at any point in the future declines in inverse proportion to the length of time in the future from now, with the sole exception that the possibility of the Rolling Stones still being on tour increases in direct proportion to the time in the future.

e.g., According to Inverse/Parallel Stones Time Theory, if the world survives until 2009 it can never end because after then, nothing can be accurately predicted EXCEPT that the Stones will be on a world tour, and for that the existence of the world is necessary.

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