Verboticism: Metermaidservant

'Don't tell me your trying to sneak out early?'

DEFINITION: n. A type of frustration created by a manager who never notices when you work late, but always nags you for leaving early whenever you leave on time. v. To carefully monitor your subordinates to ensure that they never leave work a minute early.

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Clockants

Created by: arrrteest

Pronunciation: klok-ants

Sentence: Angie had been working late for the past few weeks without any complaint or second thought. That is, until she had to leave on time to get home to fix dinner for her fiance's parents. She was clockant as she tip-toed past her boss's office. Breathing a sigh of relief when she cleared the doorway, she looked up and he was right in front of her. "Leaving, are you?" he said in a snooty voice. She pretended not to hear him and slipped out the door.

Etymology: clock, a device for noting the time + ant

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Drachronian

Created by: OZZIEBOB

Pronunciation: drey-KROH-nee-uhn

Sentence: "Time is money" yelled Bob so often at his long-suffering staff, that all were finally diagnosed as suffering from drachronian's syndrome, and placed indefinitely on tick leave.

Etymology: Blend of DRACO of draconian fame: Athenian lawgiver who mandated death as punishment for even minor crimes. Fig: severe, inflexible, ruthless. CHRONO, Gk meaning time, as in chronology. DRACULA: ogre, terror, bugbear. IA: suffix meaning disease, state, condition.

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COMMENTS:

funny - Jabberwocky, 2008-04-23: 08:56:00

Perfect! - ErWenn, 2008-04-23: 09:49:00

I like the 'chrono' inflection...great word. - Mustang, 2008-04-23: 21:57:00

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Minutger

Created by: mweinmann

Pronunciation: min - ut - jer

Sentence: Clyde was a brutal minutger. No matter how many hours his employees worked, he monitored every minute that they spent going to the bathroom, eating lunch, or talking to customers. He wanted to make sure that not a minute was ever wasted

Etymology: minute, manager

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Whorology

Created by: Jamagra

Pronunciation: whore/ol'/uh/gee

Sentence: Daphne felt that Phillip, the new manager in the Department of Silly Clocks (afternoon watch), was a bit... alarming. She frequently heard him tocking to himself outside her office door. His imprecise movements infuriated her: only yesterday he had slopped quartz and quartz of water all over her timesheet and she'd had to redo it! Lately he'd taken to fobbing his unfinished work off on her just when things should have been winding down for the day. Quite often she had to wrist-le with the urge to clock Phillip upside the head. So far she'd proven resistant, but who knew how long that would last. Sometimes she fantasized about setting her hands around his windpipe... The man never seemed to notice all the nights she stayed back, but if she left work before 6pm, he would spring forward and reprimand her. She simply had to face facts: time had changed him from a horologist to a whorologist.

Etymology: whore + horology (the art or science of making timepieces or of measuring time)

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COMMENTS:

Face it, it's crystal clear that's my kind of story...Philip obviously has not had a good movement for some time, which is bound to wind him up and make him cuckoo! You'd be ticked, too. Oh well, even a broken clock is right twice a day...Cheers - Nosila, 2008-04-23: 01:28:00

dialightful! - galwaywegian, 2008-04-23: 06:10:00

Can the hands of a clock ever clap? great sentence - ticked all the boxes - Jabberwocky, 2008-04-23: 09:01:00

Don't forget the "Ho" in horology! Luv the sentence - OZZIEBOB, 2008-04-23: 17:54:00

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Chronintimidate

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: krawn-in-TIM-eh-dayt

Sentence: The new office manager moved his desk to the area next to the door and hung a huge clock on the wall just above his head and anytime anyone appeared to be on the way out early he would chronintimidate them by pointing to the clock and shaking his head.

Etymology: Blend of chronometer (clock) and intimidate.

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Gotchawatcher

Created by: TJayzz

Pronunciation: Got-char-wat-chur

Sentence: Bob knew that he wouldn't be able to leave work early, as the gotchawatcher had his eye on him.

Etymology: Got you + watcher = Gotchawatcher

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COMMENTS:

clever - Jabberwocky, 2008-04-23: 09:03:00

like it! - OZZIEBOB, 2008-04-23: 17:48:00

I used to work for that guy too. - Mustang, 2008-04-23: 21:56:00

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Bostard

Created by: wordmeister

Pronunciation: bos tard

Sentence: He was a real bostard and would sit by the door watching the clock just in case some one tried to sneak out before 5:00pm

Etymology: boss + tard

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Chronologre

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: kruh-nol-oh-ger

Sentence: Cindy's boss can be a real chronologre when he wants to be. He acts like you are stealing from him personally if you clock out even a minute early. Maybe if he had the skill or drive to do something really useful life would be different.

Etymology: chronology (the arrangement of dates, events, etc, in order of occurrence) + ogre (a monstrously ugly, cruel, or barbarous person)

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Micromangerment

Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: micro/man/ger/ment

Sentence: Sue felt overwhelming micromangerment when her boss never saw the big picture but always obsessed about ridiculous aspects of the job like clock watching.

Etymology: micromanagement + anger

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COMMENTS:

Nice word: sorta has a "dog in the manger" feel about it! - OZZIEBOB, 2008-04-23: 17:42:00

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Clockstalk

Created by: Stevenson0

Pronunciation: klok/stawk

Sentence: Jim, our obnoxious, irritating, micro manager, clockstalks every employee ensuring that they give 110% of their working time to the company.

Etymology: clock + stalk

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Good one! - Mustang, 2009-06-17: 00:45:00

this is priceless! - mweinmann, 2009-06-17: 07:46:00

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