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'I think this is a game of hide and seek.'

DEFINITION: n. A momentary feeling of relief mixed with lingering dread, which occurs when your boss marches past the piles of unfinished work on your desk. v. To sigh with relief after your boss marches past your desk

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Bossgumps

Created by: Clayton

Pronunciation: BAWS-guhmps

Sentence: Jeremy got bossgumps every time Mr. Schmidt passed his desk to examine his ever-mounting horriPILEation. (D'oh!) It was getting so he didn't even have a chance to play Dr. Mario anymore.

Etymology: boss + goose bumps (sorta)

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COMMENTS:

Wow...that's just...wow. I think that may be the best verboticism ever. I'm going to have to steal that spoonerism technique in the future. - ErWenn, 2007-06-11: 02:51:00

Thanks! I guess I'll be on the lookout, too. I was going to use "horripileation" instead, but this one works better. - Clayton, 2007-06-11: 05:08:00

stunny fuff Clayton - Jabberwocky, 2007-06-11: 09:34:00

Too cute! - purpleartichokes, 2007-06-11: 16:21:00

Thanks, guys. Maybe one of these days I'll win the coveted "tries too hard" award. - Clayton, 2007-06-11: 17:26:00

ahh...'the verbwannabe trophy'...we all want that - rikboyee, 2007-06-11: 18:02:00

Indeed, to be followed by the customary frontal verbotomy. Oh, wait. Been used already. - Clayton, 2007-06-11: 22:06:00

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me... - ErWenn, 2007-06-11: 23:12:00

...than a frontal lobotomy! - ErWenn, 2007-06-11: 23:12:00

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Peektodo

Mrgoodtimes

Created by: Mrgoodtimes

Pronunciation: peek - to - do

Sentence: After the third peektodo, Bob knew he had to get some of his work done or he might get a stopnfire.

Etymology: Peek - To-do (similar to peekaboo)

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Underachiefment

petaj

Created by: petaj

Pronunciation: underachievement - just replace the v with a f

Sentence: Memo To: All Staff From: The chief On Thursday at 9.00am all staff whose in-tray is more than 20cm high, are required to attend a training course. "7 skills to put underachiefment behind you". Eligible staff who do not attend will be fired. This is your last chance. Have a nice day.

Etymology: under + a + chief + moment & underachievement

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COMMENTS:

i was wondering what under a chief meant! - galwaywegian, 2007-06-11: 05:49:00

Good word! - Clayton, 2007-06-11: 17:27:00

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Wozzle

Created by: Brodobaggins

Pronunciation:

Sentence:

Etymology:

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Fachsie

Created by: ohwtepph

Pronunciation: fuhk - sahy

Sentence: Anna let out a fachsie upon seeing that his boss was out to get not Anna, but her evil twin sister, Anne.

Etymology: fuck [interjection meaning surprise or dread] + sigh [relief]

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Ansighety

mrskellyscl

Created by: mrskellyscl

Pronunciation: an-sigh-e-ty

Sentence: Tish worked in a perpetual state of ansighety. Her boss would periodically come storming around the room trying to make sure his people were working hard, but she was trying to get through the day hardly working. The minute he went back into his office she exhaled, pulled her Blackberry out of her pocket and resumed twittering.

Etymology: anxiety: state of uneasiness and apprehension + sigh: audible sound of relief

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Dreadnuffmest

Created by: Alicia

Pronunciation: dred/ nuff/ mest

Sentence: as bill sat at his desk with all the unfinished paper work crowding around him, he started to feel dreadnuffmest because he knew at any time his boss would arive back.

Etymology: from the word dread: nuff as in he knows that his boss will of had enough (e"nuff") of him.... and mest as in his life messed (mest) up.

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Stressurerush

Created by: Stevenson0

Pronunciation: stresh/er/rush

Sentence: When the boss is on a rampage looking to yell and dump on someone and my desk is backlogged and piled high, I go into a stressurerush when he storms past.

Etymology: stress + pressure + rush

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Intraypidation

Created by: rikboyee

Pronunciation: in-tray-pid-ay-shun

Sentence: whenever i became too overwhelmed with intraypidation i would head to the kitchen for a bit of subterfridge

Etymology: in tray, intrepid, trepidation

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COMMENTS:

well deskribed - galwaywegian, 2007-06-11: 05:17:00

I like. - Clayton, 2007-06-11: 07:14:00

I have to vote for this one because of the excellent usage of subterfridge - porsche, 2007-06-11: 13:05:00

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Demployment

CharlieB

Created by: CharlieB

Pronunciation: dem-ploy-ment

Sentence: Neil's fixed stare at his computer screen had fooled his boss once again. He chuckled under his breath at this successful demployment strategy.

Etymology: employment (work, occupation) + deployment (to act strategically, particularly in battle)

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Comments:

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-06-11: 01:33:00
Today's definition was suggested by cohenarie. It is also inspired by Timothy Johnson's book "GUST" where he advises that the first thing you have to realize about office politics is that it's a game. Thank you Cohenarie and Timothy! ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2010-01-05: 00:07:00
Today's definition was suggested by cohenarie. Thank you cohenarie. ~ James