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Apeproval

Rhyme79

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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Echohead

sanssouci

Created by: sanssouci

Pronunciation: ek o hed

Sentence: "Sara thought that Sally, her new manager was stylish, clever and beautiful. In a vain attempt to get Sally to notice her,Sara set about becoming an echohead. Maybe that would make Sally realise how similar the both were?"

Etymology: Echo - a sound heard again near its source after being reflected. 2. A Person who reflects or imitates another. mid-14c.,personified as a mountain nymph, from ekhe "sound." The verb is from 1550s. Head - a person at the top, to whom others are subordinate, as the director of an institution or the manager of a department, the boss

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Identichief

Created by: TJayzz

Pronunciation: I-den-tee-cheef

Sentence: Everyone thought that Martin had lost the plot when they saw that he had started to identichief the boss by dressing exactly the same and even dyeing his hair grey in order to look like him. But Martin had the last laugh when his crafty ploy worked and the boss promoted to head of his section thus doubling his salary.

Etymology: Identical(exactly alike or the same) ORIGIN Latin identicus + Chief(the head of an organisation, having the highest rank or authority) ORIGIN French from Latin Caput 'head' = Identichief

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COMMENTS:

Put that thief back where you borrowed it chief, word. - scrabbelicious, 2008-08-07: 04:59:00

metrohumanx I hope Martin was demoted to low man on the scrotum pole. - metrohumanx, 2008-08-08: 07:12:00

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Mymickery

Created by: scrabbelicious

Pronunciation: Mime-mic-er-ie or mim-ic-ory. (col. var.)

Sentence: "They say imitation is the best form of flattery to deceivery but the amount of acting out and out mymickery that went on today was beyond the beyond, Mr. Bond", said Pauline.

Etymology: An overlapping mix of 0. Mimic, can be verb or noun, one who imitates or sends up another, to engage in such behaviour. 1. My, (possessive pronoun), which doubles as an expression of exasperation (my oh my!) 2. Mime, an art-form-of-expression which impersonates a frenchman locked in an imaginary glass box who eventually finds his way out by tugging on a rope. 3. Mick, meaning Irishman as Paddy "taking the mick" by impersonating ones character by winding up or taking the piss, taking the Michael. The -ery suffix just rounds off the whole ensemble, kit and kaboodle. Alright Jack?

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COMMENTS:

Kiss me Kojac! - scrabbelicious, 2008-08-07: 05:02:00

I hate Mimes but I love your word, scrabby! - Nosila, 2008-08-07: 23:24:00

metrohumanx mmmmmmmmm- good one. - metrohumanx, 2008-08-08: 07:10:00

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Imiflater

Created by: ErWenn

Pronunciation: /ˈɪməˌfleɪtɚ/

Sentence: Those engaged in imiflatery should be careful not to mimic their targets too well, as even the most narcissistic person would probably hate themselves if they were able to see them from the outside.

Etymology: From imitate + flatter (as in "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery")

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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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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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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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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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Copnoxious

Created by: bubbos

Pronunciation: Cop-nox-ious

Sentence: Copnoxiousness does not get you a raise Jennifer, go home.

Etymology: Copy, obnoxious - regarding themselves higher than others

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Comments:

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

'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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