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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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Sycopyphant

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Created by: TimTheEnchanter

Pronunciation: si-CAH-pee-fuhnt

Sentence: Everyone knew Cathy was a complete suck-up, always doing whatever the CIO, Mr. Srinivasan, wanted. But jaws hit the floor when she came into the meeting room today. She had risen to the level of complete sycopyphant, cutting her hair short, dying it black, and wearing a Nehru jacket identical to what her boss always wore. The two were almost indistinguishable.

Etymology: SYCOPHANT: a servile self-seeking flatterer + COPY an imitation or reproduction of an original

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Good word...like a psychopyphant maybe??? - Nosila, 2008-08-07: 23:26:00

metrohumanx Great paragrab Tim the E... - metrohumanx, 2008-08-08: 07:15:00

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Apeproval

Created by: Rhyme79

Pronunciation: ape-proov-all

Sentence: My boss is so vain that I figured he couldn't miss how awesome I am if I try the apeproval tactic. I mean, what I have got to lose? Putting on a hundred pounds, wearing enormous glasses, shaving my head and dressing like a gorilla kicked through a circus could only be good for my career, right?

Etymology: Ape- copy, mimic. Approval- consent, blessing.

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Bossiplicate

Created by: Wordotwist

Pronunciation: boss si ple kate

Sentence: Anne bossiplicated the actions of her employer in everything she did;from copying his dressing style to the way she spoke - yet hasn't dared till date to frown like him!

Etymology: bossiplicate = boss + replicate

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Dopagangafav

Created by: keeno82uk

Pronunciation: Dop-ag-ang-a-fav

Sentence: Used my colleagues in the same office, mostly in gossip circles. "oh, look. The boss has another Dopagangafav. She must desperately need a promotion"

Etymology: Dopagangafav: derived from Russian heirarchy terminology. Contenders to the throne used to wear similar garb and hairstyle to the king/queen to gain their praise and to increase the likelihood of them being the next in line to the throne.

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has possibilities:like the approach. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-08-08: 01:12:00

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Suckupcubus

Created by: jermainechambers44

Pronunciation: Suk-up-u-bus

Sentence: Emily,now down to her last staw,saw no other way to get that promotion she so stongly felt she deserved but to become the top suckupcubus to her boss.To be the man, you got to become the man,she thought.

Etymology: Suck-up=someone who kisses someone a** to gain favor. Cubus=From the word succubus,which is believed to be a demon that controls your mind though sex.

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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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Brownposer

Created by: toadstool57

Pronunciation: brown/poh-zur

Sentence: Jill was such a brownposer; she even bought the same hideous neon green purse that her supervisor had.

Etymology: brown-noser/pose

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Shtickophant

Created by: mplsbohemian

Pronunciation: SHTIHK-uh-fuhnt

Sentence: When Alex suddenly worked under a new boss, his days as a shtickophant were numbered, as there was no way he was going around in stilettos and pearls.

Etymology: shtick (idiosyncrasy, gimmick) + sycophant

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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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Honchpaunch

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: honch ponch

Sentence: When the new boss arrived, he was a portly gent and since everyone else was a thin reed, Freddy decided to eat Big Macs every lunch hour and drink beer after work so that he could gain weight and emulate the boss. He was so successful at developing his honchpaunch, that he had to wear a honchoponcho to cover it up.

Etymology: Honch (Sp.honcho-head person;boss;one who oversees workers) & Paunch (protruding abdomen)

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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