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20 Words That Should Exist | Daffynitions | Understanding Denver Slang

ACCORDIONATED (ah kor' de on ay tid) adj.
Being able to drive and refold a road map at the same time.
AQUADEXTROUS (ak wa deks' trus) adj.
Possessing the ability to turn the bathtub faucet on and off with your toes.
AQUALIBRIUM (ak wa lib' re um) n.
The point where the stream of drinking fountain water is at its perfect height, thus relieving the drinker from (a) having to suck the nozzle, or (b) squirting himself in the eye (or ear).
BURGACIDE (burg' uh side) n.
When a hamburger can't take any more torture and hurls itself through the grill into the coals.
BUZZACKS (buz' aks) n.
People in phone marts who walk around picking up display phones and listening for dial tones even when they know the phones are not connected.
CARPERPETUATION (kar' pur pet u a shun) n.
The act, when vacuuming, of running over a string or a piece of lint at least a dozen times, reaching over and picking it up, examining it, then putting it back down to give the vacuum one more chance.
DIMP (dimp) n.
A person who insults you in a cheap department store by asking, "Do you work here?"
DISCONFECT (dis kon fect') v.
To sterilize the piece of candy you dropped on the floor by blowing on it, somehow assuming this will remove all the germs.
ECNALUBMA (ek na leb' ma) n.
A rescue vehicle which can only be seen in the rear view mirror.
EIFFELITES (eye' ful eyetz) n.
Gangly people sitting in front of you at the movies who, no matter which direction you lean in, follow suit.
ELBONICS (el bon icks') n.
The actions of two people maneuvering for one armrest in a movie theater.
ELECELLERATON (el a cel er ay' shun) n.
The mistaken notion that the more you press an elevator button the faster it will arrive.
FRUST (frust) n.
The small line of debris that refuses to be swept onto the dust pan and keeps backing a person cross the room until he finally decides to give up and sweep it under the rug.
LACTOMANGULATION (lak to man gyu lay' shun) v.
Manhandling the "open here" spout on a milk container so badly that one has to resort to the illegal side.
NEONPHANCY (ne on' fan see) n.
A fluorescent light bulb struggling to come to life.
PEPPIER (pehp ee ay') n.
The waiter at a fancy restaurant whose sole purpose seems to be walking around asking diners if they want freshly ground pepper.
PETROPHOBIC (pet ro fob' ik) adj.
One who is embarrassed to undress in front of a household pet.
PHONESIA (fo nee' zhuh) n.
The affliction of dialing a phone number and forgetting whom you were calling just as they answer.
PUPKUS (pup kus') n.
The moist residue left on a window after a dog presses its nose to it.
TELECRASTINATION (tel e kras tin ay' shun) n.
The act of always letting the phone ring at least twice before you pick it up, when you're only six inches away.


Here are what Realtors® really mean when they say . . .

  • Sophisticated living = Next to a noisy bar.
  • Old world charm = Has some woodwork. Needs cleaning.
  • Contemporary feeling = Has no woodwork. Needs cleaning.
  • Close to lakes = Impossible to park on street from April to October.
  • Picturesque setting = Abandoned cars and waist-high weeds on neighboring lots.
  • Wide-open floor plan = Previous owner removed supporting walls.
  • Updated kitchen = Sink no longer overflows.
  • Security system = Neighbor has a dog.
  • Needs TLC = Major structural damage.
  • Motivated seller = Has been on the market for 14 years.
  • Convenient = Located on freeway entrance ramp.
  • Mint condition = Someone has spilled mouthwash on the carpet.
  • Neutral decor = No murals of nudes or Elvis.
  • Move-in condition = Front door missing.
  • Cozy = No room larger than 9-by-6.
  • Lower level family room = Ping-pong table over sewer opening.
  • Light, open spaces = Many holes in the wall.
  • Outstanding = Sticks out like a sore thumb.


  • LoDo: Lower downtown Denver
  • Bag a fourteener: climb one of Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks
  • Barnes Dance: pedestrians crossing diagonally at red light in all directions
  • Mouse Trap: intersection of Interstates 25 and 70
  • Blake Street Bombers: the Colorado Rockies baseball team
  • Colorado Kool-aid: derogatory reference to Coors
  • Flatlanders: out-of-towners
  • Orange Crush: old yet still accurate reference to Broncos defense
  • Front Range: east of the Rockies near the mountains
  • Western Slope: west of the Rockies near the mountains
  • Big Mac: McNichols Sports Arena


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