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DEFINITION: n. A momentary feeling of relief mixed with lingering dread, which occurs when your boss marches past the piles of unfinished work on your desk. v. To sigh with relief after your boss marches past your desk

Pronunciation: re spyte full

Sentence: Lolly had a momentary feeling of being respiteful when her boss stormed past her desk, piled high with incomplete work. He ranted but did not look at her direction. This relief did not last long, as the boss had not had his glasses on. Once he donned them, he noticed Lolly's desk and bolted straight for it. Luckily, she had snuck off for her lunch break just in time. And also luckily, he had a very short attention span.

Etymology: Respite (the act of reprieving; postponing or remitting punishment;a (temporary) relief from harm or discomfort) & Spiteful (the quality of threatening evil)

Created by: Nosila.

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Demployment: /dem-ploy-ment/ Neil's fixed stare at his computer screen had fooled his boss once again. He chuckled under his breath at this successful demployment strategy. Etymology: employment (work, occupation) + deployment (to act strategically, particularly in battle) Created by: CharlieB.

Ansighety: /an-sigh-e-ty/ Tish worked in a perpetual state of ansighety. Her boss would periodically come storming around the room trying to make sure his people were working hard, but she was trying to get through the day hardly working. The minute he went back into his office she exhaled, pulled her Blackberry out of her pocket and resumed twittering. Etymology: anxiety: state of uneasiness and apprehension + sigh: audible sound of relief Created by: mrskellyscl.

Stressurerush: /stresh-er-rush / When the boss is on a rampage looking to yell and dump on someone and my desk is backlogged and piled high, I go into a stressurerush when he storms past. Etymology: stress + pressure + rush Created by: Stevenson0.


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Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-06-11: 01:33:00
Today's definition was suggested by cohenarie. It is also inspired by Timothy Johnson's book "GUST" where he advises that the first thing you have to realize about office politics is that it's a game. Thank you Cohenarie and Timothy! ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2010-01-05: 00:07:00
Today's definition was suggested by cohenarie. Thank you cohenarie. ~ James

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