The word of the week: Mervert
Definition: Someone who has an unnatural interest in mermaids.
Sample usage: Id put on my costume and go sit on a rock if it werent for all the merverts getting in some gill-watching.
Popularity: The word originated in a news report about professional mermaids who attract creeps. Its a great word, and its a pity the applications are so narrow. Of course, theres always a chance that the pro mermaid industry will start to boom.
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