Verboticism: Hourgrass

'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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Timepeeper

mrskellyscl

Created by: mrskellyscl

Pronunciation: time-peep-er

Sentence: Helen suspected that Tom, the manager, was a timpeeper when she saw him standing by the coffee machine watching every move she made and checking his watch to make sure her break wasn't too long. He was always at the door in the morning with a creepy look on his face watching her take off her coat and he was there in the evening when she put her coat back on to go home. He was seen peeping over the top of her cubicle to make sure she wasn't on Ebay instead of working and wasting company time. One day, however, he went too far and followed her to the ladies room to see that she didn't take too long. He was caught on a surveilance video and her attorney had no problem filing a harassment suit.

Etymology: play on timekeeper -- peeper: voyeur (Peeping Tom)

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COMMENTS:

The peep became a purp! Good word. - Nosila, 2009-06-16: 10:45:00

Excellent - Mustang, 2009-06-17: 00:45:00

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Tocktickrelationship

Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: tok tik ree lay shun ship

Sentence: The interaction, which had always borne the hallmarks of a tocktickrelationship ended badly. The subsequent surgical attempts to reverse the offense which led to its demise proved unsuccessful, leading to extreme embarassment every time her now ex-boss had to travel abroad. He would regularly be stopped and stripsearched at airports and advised by security staff that it was the first time they had found somebody trying to smuggle a twenty dollar watch out of the country using that particular technique.

Etymology: tock tick, toxic relationship

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COMMENTS:

reminds me of the crocodile in Peter Pan but then that would be a croctocktickrelationship - Jabberwocky, 2008-04-23: 08:59:00

But this is just pretend so it is a mocktocktickrelationship, but if it was in the clinic, it would be a doctocktickrelationship or in a gym, a jocktocktickrelationship or in a hosiery store, a socktocktickrelationship...it's endless possibilities! - Nosila, 2008-04-23: 20:34:00

...or between sports acne physicians, a pockmarkjockdoctocktickrelationship - stache, 2008-04-23: 21:57:00

What have I begun? - galwaywegian, 2008-04-24: 04:40:00

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Timebeing

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: tīmbēing

Sentence: Tom works for the timebeing. That timebeing is his boss. It doesn't seem to matter how much he gets done or that he arrives early and skips lunch, closing time is closing time. Tom and his boss do a mental minute waltz as 5 o'clock approaches. The fact that the boss's office is aligned with the hallway Tom uses for his escape makes him seem something like a troll guarding a bridge.

Etymology: time (the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future) + being (a real or imaginary living creature)

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COMMENTS:

very cerebral - bookowl, 2009-06-16: 16:46:00

mrskellyscl creepy - mrskellyscl, 2009-06-16: 16:55:00

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Slackervise

Created by: stache

Pronunciation: slak'-ər-vīz'

Sentence: Fred's secretary Ethel had arrived seventy-seven seconds past her forty-minute allotted lunch period, so Fred made sure to slackervise even more diligently than usual to insure she made up the time at actual work before leaving for the evening; at her claimed typing speed of 110 wpm, that should work out to an extra 141.16667 words for the day.

Etymology: 'slacker,' less taut; 'vise,' device for holding objects firmly in place.

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COMMENTS:

Nice word! - OZZIEBOB, 2008-04-23: 17:50:00

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Metermaidservant

Created by: bookowl

Pronunciation:

Sentence: Rita is a lovely metermaidservant who worships the clock.

Etymology: meter maid + maid servant

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Ticcompoop

Created by: jrogan

Pronunciation: tik-com-poop

Sentence: My boss is a real ticcompoop. He even has a ticcompooter to calculate how may seconds we spend in the washroom.

Etymology: tick + nimcompoop

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Nitticker

Created by: ErWenn

Pronunciation: /ˈnɪtˌtɪkɚ/

Sentence: I don't mean to be a nitticker, but when you say that my pizza will be here in 30 minutes or less, do you mean from now, or from the time I called?

Etymology: from nitpicker + tick (as in a clock)

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COMMENTS:

great word ErWenn - Jabberwocky, 2008-04-23: 14:46:00

Very good word. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-04-23: 17:48:00

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Chronologre

artr

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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Timestapo

youmustvotenato

Created by: youmustvotenato

Pronunciation: time-stop-po

Sentence: Michael, the manager, immediately asked why I was walking out the door at 4:58. Of course, the TIMESTAPO don't understand that when your work is complete and your computer is shut down that its pointless to sit around twittling thumbs.

Etymology: time stamp + gestapo

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Obeywatch

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: o bay weatch

Sentence: Mr.Smedley fancied himself a dedicated disciple of the obeywatch old school of management. He decided that those employees who had the misfortune to report to him were not to be trusted with important things like personal time management. Far too often they let their personal lives get in the way of being at work. Imagine calling in sick and failing to come in just because you broke a leg or had minor surgery, like an appendicitis. Where was the loyalty these days? So what if there were days they worked for 12 hours straight and other days when the work flow slowed down? He still expected them to be there 9 to 5, without exception. He positioned his desk near the time clocks, so no one could sneak out past him. He recorded all these indiscretions in a black book. Needless to say, morale was at an all time low and fuses were getting shorter at such treatment. One of these days, someone would go postal and punch out his time clock permanently!

Etymology: obey (be obedient to) & watch (a purposeful surveillance to guard or observe;a small portable timepiece;a person employed to watch for something to happen) & Baywatch(you know,that show, where Hoff says, "Hey we gotta save that guy!" and Pamela goes boing, boing, boing running down the beach after him carrying that red thing...)

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COMMENTS:

petaj That's hard to beat - petaj, 2008-04-23: 02:50:00

I guess the "mean" in 'GMT' meant everything to him! Very clever. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-04-23: 06:25:00

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