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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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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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Bossighnova

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: bôsīnōvə

Sentence: Tony*s boss dosen*t understand concepts like encouragement, pat on the back or motivation. He feels it is his job to root out the mistakes his workers make and correct them publicly and loudly. Whenever the boss passes by without stopping to chew on his ego, Tony does his own little internal happy dance, his bosssighnova.

Etymology: boss (a person in charge of a worker or organization) + sigh (emit a long, deep, audible breath expressing sadness, relief, tiredness, or a similar feeling) + bossa nova (a dance like the samba, originating in Brazil)

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Bossighed

Created by: TJayzz

Pronunciation: Bos-sy-d

Sentence: Tom was feeling really bossighed when the managing director made an impromptu visit to the office, he was so busy talking profits that he missed the huge backlog sitting on the desk waiting for Tom to deal with.

Etymology: Boss(a person in charge of an employee or organization) ORIGIN Dutch Baas 'master'+ Sighed(to let out an audible breath expressing relief) = Bossighed

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Allayoffment

Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: al/ay/off/ment

Sentence: A wave of allayoffment passed over him as he narrowly escaped being asked to produce last week's revenue figures.

Etymology: allayment (relief) + lay off (as in being fired)

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COMMENTS:

wonderful! - jadenguy, 2007-06-11: 15:23:00

Hey Jabber - congrats on your win (AGAIN!) Another great word week! - purpleartichokes, 2007-06-11: 16:10:00

yeah...you just keep throwin' punches...your like wocky balboa - rikboyee, 2007-06-11: 20:15:00

Subhan Allay wa Bihamdih. - Clayton, 2007-06-11: 22:16:00

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Squirmpile

Created by: OZZIEBOB

Pronunciation: SKWURM-pahyl

Sentence: As files began to stack higher and higher in Bob's in-tray, fellow workers realized that it was a clever ploy to avoid the boss's glare and hide his own squirmpile.

Etymology: SQUIRM: to feel or display discomfort or distress, as from reproof, embarrassment, pain, etc & PILE: an assemblage of things laid or lying one upon the other: a pile of papers.

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metrohumanx SQUIRMPILE...disturbingly vivid image. - metrohumanx, 2008-08-04: 06:40:00

Is that also what you get from cold office chairs and too many donut runs? - pungineer, 2008-08-04: 09:18:00

Good word...I think most people have squirmpiles at work! - Nosila, 2008-08-04: 17:48:00

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Phoverwhelmed

Created by: cafisher

Pronunciation:

Sentence: I was phoverwhelmed as I recognized my boss's staccato heel taps coming down the hall. I cowered behind the stacks of paperwork and breathed a sigh of relief when I realized she was only going to the ladies room.

Etymology: phew! + overwhelmed

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Slackenfreude

Created by: mweinfeld

Pronunciation: slack - en - frud

Sentence: Tom felt a perverse sense of slackenfreude at having missed his deadline yet again.

Etymology: slacken- to be lazy; and freude- joy

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Hypermyspactivity

Created by: administraitor

Pronunciation: hai-per-mai-spac-ti-vi-ti

Sentence: Realizing that he'd spent an entire morning on the Internet, George experienced a flood of hypermyspactivity when he noticed his boss contemplating his remaining workload

Etymology: hyperactivity + "My Space"

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Circleshirk

Created by: kendriveset

Pronunciation: cir-cle-sherk

Sentence: Debbie liked to circleshirk whenever her supervisor, Bob, tried to micro-manage. Sometimes it even made the boring day at work kind of exciting, yet fearful.

Etymology: circle + shirk: to hide amidst the piles of work to avoid work/the boss.

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cute - Nosila, 2010-01-05: 18:47:00

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Relidread

Created by: Zer22

Pronunciation: Rel-eh-dread

Sentence: I had a relidread feeling as I was not caught for having a lot of work to do.

Etymology: Relief + Dread

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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