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'Jennifer? You've changed your hairstyle! I like it!'

DEFINITION: v. To seek approval from your boss by emulating their style, mannerisms or affectations. n. A person who copies their boss's style in order to win favor.

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Brandposer

Mrgoodtimes

Created by: Mrgoodtimes

Pronunciation: Bran - d - pos - er

Sentence: "Bob the Bootlicker" was multitalented to be sure, full time brown-noser and brandposer, if only he could put that kind of effort into his car washing.

Etymology: Brand - poser (sounds like brown noser)

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Twingratiate

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: twin grat chee ayt

Sentence: It was subtle at first, the way George starting copying some of his manager's phrases and favourite words. Then it became more obvious to the rest of the staff that he was copying mannerisms and fashion style of his boss. He got a raise and a promotion by being able to twingratiate himself with the boss...same hair-do (now bald, like the boss);same big goggles; same polyester leisure suits and same hideous patterned shirts. Things went well for George for a time. Then his world was torn apart when the boss transferred and a new, sharp lady boss took over. How the heck was he going to twingratiate himself with her without looking like Tootsie???

Etymology: Twin (duplicate or match) & Ingratiate (gain favor with somebody by deliberate efforts)

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Copycatistaff

Created by: remistram

Pronunciation: copy-cat-a-staff

Sentence: Mr. Schmuck loved it when potential new copycatistaffers joined his team. He intuitively could detect the fresh ones ready for molding.

Etymology: copycat + staff

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Execumime

Created by: kendriveset

Pronunciation: exec-u-mime

Sentence: Denise was such a good execumime that John could barely tell the difference between her and the boss.

Etymology: executive + mime

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Panderox

Created by: Stevenson0

Pronunciation: pan/der/ox

Sentence: With a vice-president position available, individuals being considered for the position panderox the boss at every possible opportunity. The secretaries have a chart keeping track of who is the biggest panderoxing fool.

Etymology: pander + xerox

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COMMENTS:

panderoxing fools = xeroxymorons - purpleartichokes, 2007-06-14: 09:23:00

Xeroxymoron... is that anything like a facsimile? - Clayton, 2007-06-14: 11:48:00

kinda... more like a folksimile. - purpleartichokes, 2007-06-14: 12:11:00

maybe a fakesimile - Stevenson0, 2007-06-14: 14:29:00

Dem sounds like wack similes. - Clayton, 2007-06-14: 19:16:00

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Cloneonialism

Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: clo/no/nee/al/ism

Sentence: Her cloneonialism was quite startling. She was determined to stake her own territory even if it involved personal sacrifice.

Etymology: clone + colonialism

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Suckcessor

petaj

Created by: petaj

Pronunciation: successor

Sentence: Tina is now a consultant on suckcession planning. She has a wealth of experience in career advancement through the judicious use plastic surgery and the less intrusive techniques of mimicry and style adoption.

Etymology: suck up to + successor

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Pretwinder

thegoatisbad

Created by: thegoatisbad

Pronunciation: pre-twin-der

Sentence: Kimberly would have been annoyed at Zinnia's blatant pretwinding around their boss, Jared, if Kimberly wasn't sleeping with him.

Etymology: pretend + twin

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Suckape

mrskellyscl

Created by: mrskellyscl

Pronunciation: suck-ape

Sentence: Jen's such a suckape. In order to ingratiate herself to the boss she decided to copy him, so she changed political parties and started listening to Barry Manilow. But wearing green polyester suits with running shoes is just a bit over the top.

Etymology: suckup: ingratiate oneself to, often insincerely + ape: one who copies the mannerisms or words of another; an imitator

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Doppelmanager

Created by: purpleartichokes

Pronunciation: dah-puhl-man-a-jer

Sentence: All butt-kissing and other adminitraits aside, when Bob showed up sporting the same Rocky and Bullwinkle tie that the boss wore, it was readily apparent that he had become a doppelmanager destined for the Borg room. Simpresarios always wound up as directums.

Etymology: doppelganger, manager

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COMMENTS:

Didn't we all go through Bulletchewer's 'dopple anger' a few months ago? Where is that 'Chewer'? I miss his sarcastic comments. - Stevenson0, 2007-06-14: 07:53:00

Did he do a doppel word? Yep, he was quite the charhackter. - purpleartichokes, 2007-06-14: 08:05:00

I just thought of a better word - mimeostaff. It's up for grabs for anyone wants it! - purpleartichokes, 2007-06-14: 10:39:00

personally I like your xeroxymorons - that's a terrific word - Jabberwocky, 2007-06-14: 10:49:00

I liked it too, but it doesn't have any boss connotations. Perhaps it could be used for people who imitate pop culture icons. - purpleartichokes, 2007-06-14: 11:21:00

Another one - imbosster. - purpleartichokes, 2007-06-14: 11:27:00

that's very good - Jabberwocky, 2007-06-14: 11:37:00

Personally, I was going for a combination of mimicry and the lowliest worker I could think of, rather than use the boss. But a word like "employsonate" could go either way. - Clayton, 2007-06-14: 11:42:00

Good word there, also... three points! - Clayton, 2007-06-14: 11:43:00

Oooo, I like employsonate! Quite versatile. - purpleartichokes, 2007-06-14: 11:57:00

Ted Doppel would be proud. - Clayton, 2007-06-14: 12:05:00

xeroxymoron can be equated to any government official that I've come across - employsonate reminds me of some of the people I've 'worked with'or should I say 'hand held' through the day doing their job - Stevenson0, 2007-06-14: 14:41:00

petaj Imbossination/imbossinator was another one I toyed with, on the impersonation idea. - petaj, 2007-06-14: 23:52:00

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Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-06-14: 01:10:00
Office politics. You know it's a game. You understand the players. You've got a strategy. Now it's time to take action with Timothy Johnson's GUST -- even if that means shaving your head. Today's definition was suggested by remistram. Thank you remistram and Timothy! ~ James

purpleartichokes - 2007-06-14: 18:10:00
Love the artwork today James! Very funny!

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-06-14: 18:17:00
Thanks purple! And cheers to remistram for thinking of such a funny idea. ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-06-14: 18:27:00
By the way, Robert J. Sawyer, winner of Hugo and Nebula best novel awards, will be our featured author at Verbotomy next week. More details to follow... Check out Rob's website at www.sfwriter.com. ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2010-01-08: 00:44:00
Today's definition was suggested by remistram. Thank you remistram. ~ James