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cacatastrophe - What you have when so many piddling little things go wrong all at once that it makes you want to say, "Oh, -- crap."

e.g., Bill, what we have here is no catastrophe -- but it's surely a cacatastrophe.

submitted by HD Fowler

cacatory - "Accompanied by a diarrhea."

e.g., "After last night's cacatory episode, I'll be avoiding that roadside cafe like the plague."

submitted by HD Fowler

cachephrase - Catchphrase stored in your cache.

e.g., With any luck it'll turn out to be a cachephrase and I won't have to access the Internet to find it again. My modems not working today.

submitted by Miss Speller

cachique - A female who's popular, hot, and stylish. An "anybody-anyone-looks-up-to" kind of girl.

e.g., Matt: Wooooow! You are a cachique personified. How do you DO it? Nicky: Oh, you know.

submitted by Nicky Ubben

cack - Individuals who are of great arrogance, or who are wholly belonging to the "mainstream" society and laws of social conformity and use that to their advantage. Cacks are also identified as "asshole" or similar offensive names.

e.g., Due to the thirty gallons of coffee you drink every day, and the minimum wage you pay, that automatically makes you, sir, a cack.

submitted by Jay (Avatar) - (www)

cack chugula - A respectfully deprecating nickname usually bestowed upon those who excel in slothing, boozing, and storytelling.

e.g., Get off the couch and answer the door, Cack Chugula. The pizza guy is here.

submitted by scorched - (www)

cackiavellian - From her article in the Guardian on 28 April: "attempting to be Machiavellian but making a hash of it." {ED. Since I use the phonynym Machiavellean on the Internet, I propose that "machiavellean" have a meaning along the lines of "to do anything but make a hash of it." That, of course, might not apply to social situations -- and might well not have applied to an earlier me.}

e.g., One thing that may give me relief this political season will be having most of the political machinations turn out to be cackiavellian.

submitted by [Marina Hyde]

cackleberry - An egg down under.

e.g., Let's go see how many cackleberries the chickens have laid today.

submitted by pauline

cacklemongress - A young woman who cackles incessantly, whether or not it is appropriate to do so.

e.g., I can't hear myself think. For heaven's sake won't somebody unplug that confounded cacklemongress.

submitted by Colin Taffel

cacobadous - Full of badness.

e.g., Chris is full of cacobadous.

submitted by snowboardinghockeyplayer3 - (www)

cacographer - "A bad speller or writer." We need this word.

e.g., They give awards to cacographers.   Check out the Bulwer-Lytton website ( "It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents -- except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness."  ~Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, Paul Clifford (1830)

submitted by HD Fowler

cacollypsis - (n.) (kak-o-LIP-sus) 1. A series of three dots (...) placed at the end of a sentence to show that the reader has failed at a specific task. It is a written version of the audience's "Awwww" heard on a game show when a player loses. 2. A sentence ending with a cacollypsis. (Etymology: Greek caco-, kako- [bad] + English ellipsis [three dots]. The spelling is altered to look more like Greek.)   (ED. To learn how the ellipsis is used in the United States, check the link. In particular, learn how to use an ellipsis following a period. . . . Now that we have Mirakle B.'s invented word, I recommend it for any misuse of an ellipsis. Is it a misuse to use three consecutive periods to represent an ellipsis without intervening non-breaking spaces -- except as described here? That's a matter of opinion, but my opinion is yes. A pre-fabricated Unicode ellipsis character […] is sometimes used for an ellipsis-look-alike that takes up only one byte of storage. The problem? That character may not work across platforms.)

e.g., In many Japanese games such as Final Fantasy, when a player is killed in combat, he or she will be presented with a cacollypsis such as «You have lost...».   (ED. Angle quotation marks were used to avoid a style conflict between American usage and other English usage. The style chosen for this site is that of American typographers: Periods appear inside quotation marks to look pretty, not because it's the logical place to put them.)

submitted by Mirakle B. - (www)

caconym - The Dictionary of Difficult Words: "n. bad or wrongly derived name. caconymic, a."

e.g., There's just no way out of it, the word's a caconym. Chris has no idea what she's saying.

submitted by HD Fowler

cacophemism - The use of a more expressive, more distasteful word in place of another. It would be the opposite of euphemism. "Eu" in greek means well or good; "kakos" means bad or evil.

e.g., The use of the word corpse instead of "the deceased" is a good example.

submitted by turk muller

cacophonoid - An artificially derived creation specially suited for the exploration of cacophonous environments.

e.g., Scientists have released a cacophonoid into the unknown environs of the strange new planet in an effort to explore, map, and make the planet suitable for human habitation.

submitted by Matthew Goude - (www)

cacotagified - To be made to act in an unusual bad way.

e.g., After the boy was drugged, he was killing people as a result of him being cacotagified.

submitted by snowboardinghockeyplayer3 - (www)

cactal - Pertaining to a cactus.

e.g., What is the cactal situation in the desert this year?

submitted by Sammers

cactupus - A crossbreed between a cactus and an octopus.

e.g., Look at that cactapus behind your head.

submitted by eric

cad - From Cadbury chocolate company in Australia and New Zealand. A person who is as smooth and yummy looking as the chocolate.

e.g., Did you see the cute guy who just walked past. Definitely cad.

submitted by emma

cad-monkey - Over-qualified under-paid architect working for over-paid computer-illiterate designer. CAD monkey as opposed to code monkey.

e.g., Don't cancel the client meeting. Tommy can be a cad-monkey this weekend.

submitted by vito

cadalogue - A playboy's "little black book" of addresses, phone numbers, and descriptions of "willing" ladies.

e.g., "Hmmm," said Henri, picking up his little black book, "Let's see what type of lovely I'll grace with my presence tonight -- blonde, brunette, or redhead?" "Why, they're all grey or dead now, you aging old lover boy, sir," responded Winton, his faithful valet. "That cadalogue's over forty years old."

submitted by Charlie Lesko

caddiwompas - The state of being grossly out of alignment, skewed, or uneven.

e.g., There was so much weight piled on one side of the van, it sat caddiwompas.

submitted by Randy Reigner

caddiwompi - The plural form of caddiwompas, meaning, multiple things are screwed up.

e.g., Those cars are caddiwompi.

submitted by Mark

caddywampus - It means kittycorner, or askew.

e.g., The tornado blew the house all caddywampus. The liquor store is caddywampus from the "Lovely Mullet" Hair Say-lon.

submitted by M Keith

cadge - © Michael Quinion -- Cadge To scrounge or beg something from somebody.

e.g., "See if you can cadge a lift to the pub."

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

cadoure - Vintage French decor.

e.g., The home had 1970s cadoure.

submitted by Gene Seibel - (www)

caf - A cafeteria, preferably one in a high school or college campus.

e.g., eah, let's go to the caf and get some pizza.

submitted by Holly

cafe hag - A female who frequents coffee-houses and drinks unfeasible quantities of decaf.

e.g., That cafe hag on table 4 had just ordered a FIFTH cup of decaf.

submitted by Colin Taffel

caffiend - One with an exceptionally strong addiction and love for caffeine.

e.g., He can't sleep because he's a caffiend.

submitted by Craig - (www)

caffok - Banged up, really old car.

e.g., The student got around in a red Caffok that she bought for £750.

submitted by Phatman

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