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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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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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Psychoport

Created by: Stevenson0

Pronunciation: sahy/koh/port

Sentence: Joe was acutely aware not to confront Jenny for at least twenty-four hours after she had a long, involved and confrontational conversation with her mother. Joe knew that Jenny would psychoport all the negative energy from her mother to him.

Etymology: PSYCHOPORT - VERB - from PSYCHO (a neurotic person, or person afflicted with psychosis) + TRANSPORT (to carry, move, or convey from one place to another, or from PSYCHOLOGICAL + TRANSPORT.

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LOL - well done - splendiction, 2009-07-04: 00:12:00

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Taggression

Created by: bookowl

Pronunciation: tag/gre/shun

Sentence: Taggression is a game best played with masochists.

Etymology: tag (you're it) + aggression

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like it! - galwaywegian, 2008-05-23: 13:22:00

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Transfuriate

Created by: skeeterzirra

Pronunciation: trans fuer ee ate

Sentence: Never transfuriate a fast food line cook. You don't even want to know what they can do to your food.

Etymology: trans as in trans-fer, + furiate from infuriate

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Good one. - Mustang, 2008-05-24: 00:00:00

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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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Passderage

Created by: TJayzz

Pronunciation: Par-s-dur-ayge

Sentence: Bob had just had a right earful from the big cheese, but instead of absorbing the flak, he used a little passderage, He summoned the new boy into his office and took the anger out on him, even though he had nothing to do with the cock-up!

Etymology: Pass(Transfer something to someone) +Rage(Uncontrollable anger) = Passderage

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great blend - Jabberwocky, 2008-05-23: 09:08:00

Pass de awards... - Nosila, 2008-05-23: 21:15:00

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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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Psychoport

Created by: Stevenson0

Pronunciation: sahy/koh/port

Sentence: Joe was acutely aware not to confront Jenny for at least twenty-four hours after she had a long, involved and confrontational conversation with her mother. Joe knew that Jenny would psychoport all the negative energy from her mother to him.

Etymology: PSYCHOPORT - VERB - from PSYCHO (a neurotic person, or person afflicted with psychosis) + TRANSPORT (to carry, move, or convey from one place to another, or from from PSYCHOLOGICAL + TRANSPORT,

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very nice - Jabberwocky, 2008-05-23: 09:04:00

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Proxiscerate

Created by: Blegvadd

Pronunciation: prox-ISS-ehr-ate (verb); prox-ISS-ehr-it (noun)

Sentence: The phone conversation with her mother so infuriated Melissa that she immediately looked for someone to proxiscerate in her stead.

Etymology: Literally, to disembowel (eviscerate) by proxy.

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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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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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