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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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Dawdleangst

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: DAH - dl - angst

Sentence: Having frittered away much of the afternoon on the assumption that his boss was away for the day, Bernard suffered a sudden and severe attack of dawdleangst when his boss walked by and saw the mounds of unfinished paperwork on the desk.

Etymology: Blend of 'dawdle' (to waste time; idle; trifle; loiter) and 'angst' (a feeling of dread, anxiety, or anguish)

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COMMENTS:

metrohumanx DAWDLEANGST is best cured by a "donut run"... - metrohumanx, 2008-08-04: 06:44:00

Better still, a coffee! - Wordotwist, 2008-08-05: 10:51:00

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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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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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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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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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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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Didntdoitism

Created by: texmom

Pronunciation: did ent do it ism

Sentence: Because of his didntdoitism he hid in the bathroom most of the day.

Etymology: Didn't+do+it+ism

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Parajoya

Created by: lumina

Pronunciation: pair/a/joy/a

Sentence: Bill always found himself filled with parajoya each time the owner of the company would visit. While he knew this meant shuffling papers near his opened file drawer, as well as his Oscar worthy pretend phone converstations which always made him sweat, he also knew that once the owner made his rounds, it was smooth sailing...until next month.

Etymology: Paranoia: a disorder in which a person becomes overly suspicious and emotionally sensitive. Joy: the emotion of great happiness .

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COMMENTS:

Nice ring to it... - Nosila, 2008-08-04: 17:52:00

Thanks nose. :) - lumina, 2008-08-05: 00:59:00

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Dodgework

Created by: remistram

Pronunciation: dawdge-work

Sentence: Cybil had lots of dodgework last week ever since the new guy Chip came to the team. He was so dreamy.

Etymology: dodge + work

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Decluition

Created by: redlefty

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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