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'Santa won't come unless you clean up your desk!'

DEFINITION: v. To inspire and motivate people to do great things, by issuing petty threats. n. A kind and gentle threat.

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Incentip

mrskellyscl

Created by: mrskellyscl

Pronunciation: in-sen-tip

Sentence: Nothing can motivate a child to behave like a verse of that old favorite Christmas incentip and sing-a-long, "Santa Claus is Coming to Town." It begins harmlessly enough, "You'd better watch out, you'd better not cry, you'd better not pout, I'm telling you why....," but it's really creepy that "he sees you when your sleeping, he knows when you're awake." Just what else does Santa know?

Etymology: incentive: something such as the fear of punishment or the expectation of reward that motivates behavior + tip: inside information or helpful hint or warning

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Taskorize

Created by: purpleartichokes

Pronunciation: task-or-ize

Sentence: Although Bob thought he had created a brilliant report, his boss called him to taskorize him to provide more details, or face yet another disappointing performance appraisal.

Etymology: task, terrorrize

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Motiscorn

erasmus

Created by: erasmus

Pronunciation: mo ti score n

Sentence: bev could not resist her daily motiscorn of her colleagues

Etymology: from motivate and scorn

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Intimanimate

arianell

Created by: arianell

Pronunciation: in-tuh-MA-nuh-mayt

Sentence: Sean's mother intimanimated him into finishing his homework by threatening to ban him from playing World of Warcraft on school nights.

Etymology: From the English "intimidate", meaning "to inspire or affect with fear", and the English "animate", meaning "to impart motion to".

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Humiltivate

Created by: MTwain

Pronunciation: Hyo - MIL- tiv- ate

Sentence: "You'll be sorry" is one way that our boss humiltivates us to grow...

Etymology: Humiliate + Motivate = Humiltivate

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Frightenspire

Created by: gabngar

Pronunciation: Fri-ten-spi-re

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Etymology: Frighten (scare)+ inspire

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Fauxtivate

Created by: sufjan

Pronunciation: foe-ti-vait

Sentence: As a child, I always worked hard due to my my grandmother's fauxtivations about the tooth fairy making my teeth fall out.

Etymology: faux-fake (mo)tivate-to encourage

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Intiminag

Created by: ErWenn

Pronunciation: /in-'ti-m&-"nag/

Sentence: Aunt Petunia never figured out that her nephews just didn't enjoy brussel sprouts the way she did, and so her threats to not cook any came across more as intiminagging.

Etymology: from intimidate + nag

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Waronterrorlingus

Created by: Madamemojo

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Etymology: war+on+terror+lingus

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Fibspire

Created by: BrakX

Pronunciation: fib-spi-er

Sentence: When we were kids our mom would fibspire us to clean our room by promising us she would kill the Easter Bunny

Etymology: to fib and inspire

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