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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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Created by: torgo

Pronunciation: boss-uh-lating

Sentence: quit bossilating! i'm not a kid anymore!

Etymology: hmmm

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Created by: paperpieces

Pronunciation: Fah-RAHUZE

Sentence: Sometimes when I need my kids to clean their room I use some faurousing techniques.

Etymology: Fau- from Faux, -rouse meaning stimulate

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Created by: Stevenson0

Pronunciation: neg/i/vate

Sentence: With the use of browbeating , a loud voice and threats, my boss can negivate any employee.

Etymology: negative + motivate

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Created by: euclid

Pronunciation: ...

Sentence: She strode into the room with her mommyisms, and i proceeded to daydream.


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Created by: maxxy

Pronunciation: GAHSH-fah-ther

Sentence: Jim's boss goshfathered him into staying late by threatening to take away his leather desk set.

Etymology: Gosh (a petty exclamation) + father (master)

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Created by: missparaguay1991

Pronunciation: as in mothrea - vational

Sentence: No sex for one week? that's very mothreavational!

Etymology: mothreavational /mo/ prefix + /threa/ from E. threat meaning warining on something imminent + /vational/ sufix

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Created by: theantiipod

Pronunciation: In-Threaten

Sentence: My mom enthreatened me to study hard for my SATs and not slack off.

Etymology: Encourage + Threaten

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Created by: angeldee

Pronunciation: in-tim-o-vayt

Sentence: My wife regularly employs intimovation. When I balk at going to Church on Sunday morning, she reminds me of what I won't be getting next Saturday night!

Etymology: Combination of intimidation and motivation.


This is a great idea--it's clear what root words the word comes from, and thus, it's easy to figure out the meaning. It's not random sounding, though. - Morwen, 2006-12-19: 05:38:00

I agree with Morwen, even if it doesn't quite convey the "bad threats" part of the definition. Still a great word, though. Gets my vote! - DarthWader, 2006-12-19: 08:12:00


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Created by: Xenonym




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Created by: Pipeski

Pronunciation: Santa-ize

Sentence: Christmas is always a busy time for the telephone santaizer.

Etymology: Santa + Sanitize

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