Verboticism: Ponaggling

'You're perfect, but you just don't listen!'

DEFINITION: v. To be offered regular encouragement, unwavering support and subtle but unrelenting criticism based on the worry that you may not be realizing your "full potential". n. The helpful but sometimes annoying advice given by a mother to a child.

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Recommomdations

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: rekəmämdāshənz

Sentence: Tim’s mother is always ready with recommomdations for just about everything he does. The recipe? One part advice and one part criticism. Tim’s formula? Two parts ignore!

Etymology: recommendation (advise or suggest something as a course of action) + mom (one\'s mother)

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Lovotage

Created by: alicat

Pronunciation: Love-o-tauge

Sentence: Eric's Mother was not happy with his penthouse suit, his fancy cars, or his high-paying job on Bay Street. He wasn't living up to his potential, she believed. He could have been a neurosurgeon if he just put his mind to it. Every Sunday at dinner his Mother would chastise him for not putting enough effort into his work. She would lovotage him until he got the point and went back to school.

Etymology: Love+Sabotage

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Hencouraged

Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: hen kurr ajd

Sentence: He wasn't sure why, but when she hencouraged him, he felt foul.

Etymology: encouraged, henpecked

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Mompliment

Created by: Tigger

Pronunciation: /MOM-pluh-ment/

Sentence: Keith's mother would praise him whenever he came to visit, but she would always follow up with a mompliment, expressing mild disappointment that he hadn't done better. Keith was a successful pharmacist — he even owned his pharmacy — but after saying how proud she was of him, she'd finish with something like, "...but you could've been a real doctor, just like Pearl's son, Mark. Did you hear, he just bought one of those fancy new cars that talks to you?"

Etymology: Mom - short for momma (from Greek, mámmé "breast") + Compliment - an expression of praise, commendation, or admiration (from Italian, complimento "expression of respect and civility")

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COMMENTS:

Excellent! - Mustang, 2008-05-10: 02:42:00

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Mamaleficent

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: mäməlɛfəsənt

Sentence: She had a quick wit only to be matched by her sharp tongue. She knew just how to cut her only child to the quick with the turn of a phrase. In her mamaleficent way she knew every insecurity, every self-doubt to play on to get what she wanted. Afterall, she had hand-crafted most of them. Thanks, Mom!

Etymology: Mama (one's mother) + maleficent (causing or capable of causing harm or destruction, esp. by supernatural means)

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COMMENTS:

nasty - but good word - Jabberwocky, 2009-06-23: 13:42:00

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Mombeseech

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: MOM-bi-seech

Sentence: What Penelope intended as gentle motherly advice for her son, Larry, came out as shrieking mombeseech, small compliments followed by harsh and almost demanding insistence on following certain life choices that she thought best for him.

Etymology: Blend of 'mom' and 'beseech' (to implore urgently)

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Maternexhort

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: muh - TIRN - egz - ort

Sentence: Hortense would maternexhort relentlessly in trying to steer her son Eggbert in the pursuits she believed to be right for him.

Etymology: Blend of maternal and exhort

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Maambigucite

Created by: rebelvin

Pronunciation: maam+AMbiguOUS+INcite

Sentence: Relentless maambigucitation left the man with unclear self-esteem, incapable of making a decision without consulting his mother, even down to choosing a tie to wear with his green suit, which she bought for him.

Etymology: maam+AMbiguOUS+INcite

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COMMENTS:

touche. - stache, 2008-05-09: 03:21:00

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Smotherspeak

Created by: arrrteest

Pronunciation: smuth-er-speek

Sentence: Jason cringed at the very sound whenever his mother began a sentence with a motherspeak preface. "I like the (fill in noun or phrase), but..." Yes, it was like everything she would say before the word "but" softened you up for a reprimand, left-handed compliment, or unsolicited opinion.

Etymology: We put the mother in smother + speak, as in newspeak, from the George Orwell novel 1984 where language was manipulated to control thoughts and ideas

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COMMENTS:

Good word. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-11: 18:34:00

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Recommomdation

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: rekəmämdāshən

Sentence: Charles is about to graduate from college. While his mother supports him all the way, she is all too quick to offer recommomdations. Charley is about ready to take any job available just to quiet her. In his heart he knows that would only slow her down for a little while.

Etymology: recommendation (advise or suggest) + mom (one's mother)

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