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'I just got off the phone with my mother!'

DEFINITION: v. To take the frustration and anger you receive from one person and redirect it towards another person, usually of lower status. n. An act of aggression directed towards an individual or object that was not the source of provocation.

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Transferangst

Created by: milorush

Pronunciation: (n.) trāns'fər-ängkst

Sentence: Helga's repeated attempts at communication with her lazy and incompetent boss would invariably lead to a nightly transferangst of unprocessed frustrations to her husband and children.

Etymology: transfer[ence] + angst

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Subfursive

Created by: melodydrama

Pronunciation: sub-fur-siv

Sentence: Judging by the manic gleam in her eye, Bob could tell his grandmother was in a subfursive mood.

Etymology: Sub- below, lesser fury- anger ive-having a tendency to Having a tendency to express anger to someone lesser

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Plebeianimosity

Created by: Tigger

Pronunciation: /pli-bee-an-uh-MOS-i-tee/

Sentence: Every time the Regional Vice President of Sales would visit Howard's boss, the door would close, but snippets of shouting could be overheard in the hallway; phrases like "under margin!" and "over budget!" were common ones. Then when the VP left, Mr. Cross would emerge to browbeat and threaten to fire the entire office staff. This sort of plebeianimosity would usually last a week or so before things got back to normal.

Etymology: Plebeian - a member of the common people; a member of the lower classes (From Latin plēbius "of the common people" [of ancient Rome] in distinction from the priveledged patrician class) + Animosity - a hostile feeling or act (from Latin, animosus "bold, spirited")

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COMMENTS:

...late submission from me — oh well. - Tigger, 2008-05-25: 02:55:00

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Lambblasting

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: lamblastng

Sentence: Mary is in a position where she must be very careful what she says about or to her bosses. Unfortunately for him, her husband John is far too often the subject of her lambblasting. John now greets Mary at the door with a stiff drink and his iPod earbuds firmly in place.

Etymology: lamb (used as the epitome of meekness, gentleness, or innocence) + blasting (a severe reprimand) a derivative of lambasting

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Frustanger

Created by: josje

Pronunciation: frust anger

Sentence: Dont mess with my frustanger

Etymology: frustration and anger

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Substitantrum

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: suhb-sti-tan-truhm

Sentence: For no apparent reason Marcie launched into a tirade of everything Jim had ever done that annoyed her. "You've just been on the phone with your mother, haven't you?" Jim knows a substitantrum when he sees one.

Etymology: substitution (acting or serving in place of another)+ tantrum (a violent demonstration of rage or frustration; a sudden burst of ill temper)

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Victimidate

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Created by: mrskellyscl

Pronunciation: vic-tim-i-date

Sentence: Sue was known to victimidate anyone who got in the way of her wrath. Whether at work or home she let everyone know that she was definitely the alpha bitch in the pack.

Etymology: victim: a scapegoat-one who suffers for the errors of others; whipping boy + intimidate: frighten into submission; browbeat or bully

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wow, I\'ll avoid her! - splendiction, 2009-07-04: 00:13:00

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Escapegoat

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: es kayp gote

Sentence: When Cheryl's mother got on her back and made her angry, Cheryl tended to make her boyfriend Mark her escapegoat. Afterall, he did not have the smart comebacks her Mom did.

Etymology: Escape (an avoidance of danger or difficulty)& Scapegoat (someone punished for the errors of others)

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Sadistsandbag

Created by: d1420

Pronunciation: sey-distsand-bag

Sentence: "Sadistsandbag," Jeremy slurrred while urinating in the stall after watching the recently fired Yankee skipper Billy Martin pummel marshmallow salesman Joseph Cooper at a hotel bar in Minneapolis.

Etymology: Sadist = causing pain or degradation to others. + Sandbag = using your higher skill level in order to gain easy victories over less capable opponents.

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Boomeranger

Created by: sydviscious

Pronunciation: boom-er-ang-gurr

Sentence: The disgruntled sheila found her boomeranger hit the man who looked like a walking Peep and let loose.

Etymology: boomerang: a weapon that goes one direction and comes back another anger: Hulk SMASH!

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Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2008-05-22: 00:00:01
Today's definition is inspired by the Amy Sutherland's advice that a good animal trainer is always observant and reads the "cues". If your subject is displaying signs that he or she is about to "let loose", it's probably good idea to back off. Amy also reminds us that we must be aware of our own internal cues. For more tips, read her chapter on "Working with Big Cats". See: "What Shamu Taught me About Life, Love and Marriage". Thanks Amy! ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2009-07-03: 00:00:01
Today's definition is inspired by the Amy Sutherland's advice that a good animal trainer is always observant and reads the "cues". If your subject is displaying signs that he or she is about to "let loose", it's probably good idea to back off. Amy also reminds us that we must be aware of our own internal cues. For more tips, read her chapter on "Working with Big Cats". See: "What Shamu Taught me About Life, Love and Marriage". Thanks Amy! ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2010-07-23: 00:21:00
Today's definition was suggested by amysutherland. Thank you amysutherland. ~ James

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