Verboticism: Contractivate

'Don't worry, if I get terribly randy...'

DEFINITION: n. The fear that you will be outsourced, downsized, unassigned, or separated (one way or another) from your weekly paycheck. v. To use the threat of outsourcing and downsizing to manage and motivate your team.

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Usurperize

Created by: scrabbelicious

Pronunciation: |jʊˈzəːp| |əː| |rʌɪz|

Sentence: Jack was in constant fear of his crazy boss. "He's completely cuckoo" Jack Wood say, "Let's see him usurperize me after I change all the passwords on the mainframe". (Ed.- er mainframe?)

Etymology: Usurp and er-ize for blending raisins...like sultanas only nicer.

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Pinkslippery

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: pink slip per ee

Sentence: Snow White had a unique approach to making the Seven Dwarves work in the mines. She was Happy if they went off each morning singing their Hi-Ho song. But if they felt Sleepy or Sneezy or Dopey or Bashful and did not go to the Doc, it would make Snow White Grumpy. So she would use pinkslippery to motivate their little back sides. Let's face there isn't much work out there for whistling tiny guys, who only know how to work underground. Although it is Grimm, it obviously worked, because no movie was ever made about Snow White and the 5 or 6 Dwarves.

Etymology: Pink Slip (official notice that you have been fired from your job) & Slippery (not to be trusted;being such as to cause things to slip or slide) also Slipper (as in the magical footwear famous in fairy tales).

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Strongalm

Created by: OZZIEBOB

Pronunciation: STRAWNG-ahm

Sentence: It was Roxie's mantra, to strongalm them "Do you know the real meaning of salary sacrifice?" She would roar. "It means when your livelihood, becomes your deadlihood, and you, your wife and kids are in the poor house. That will be my payout to you, if you don't get this job done ahead of schedule."

Etymology: Blend of Strong_ARM: to bully, standover & ALM: a back formation creating a verb from alms (s & pl noun): handout, money, goods, and other donations given to the poor and needy - in many cases through unemployment.

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Brokeaphobia

Created by: mikeysfbay

Pronunciation:

Sentence: My brokeaphobia keeps me from saying anything to my boss.

Etymology: Said to have been described in a 1929 edition of the Wall Street Journal

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Appallvanize

Created by: Rutilus

Pronunciation: ap-all-van-ize

Sentence: Marylyn appallvanized her staff on a daily basis, believing it would motivate the good and lead to the departure of the 'chaff'. However, she seemed blissfully unaware that this dangerous approach could catastrophically backfire.

Etymology: appall - frighten, dismay; galvanize - strengthen, motivate

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Dispissal

Created by: wordmeister

Pronunciation: dis-piss-all

Sentence: Thanks to his boss’s regular habit of dispissalling on his subordinates, Allan had about as much confidence as a wet toilet seat.

Etymology: dismiss, epistle,etc.

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COMMENTS:

interesting - Jabberwocky, 2008-05-30: 12:41:00

Thank you Jabberwocky! - wordmeister, 2008-05-30: 13:57:00

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Motisway

Created by: TJayzz

Pronunciation: Mow -tee-sway

Sentence: When it came to motivating the team, Gordon had to resort to motisway. So he dropped a few hints about the downsizing rumours that were going around the boardroom. After all it was up to him to meet the deadlines.

Etymology: Moti from motivate. Sway(to influence power over others) =Motisway

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Dumphear

Created by: wordmeister

Pronunciation: dum feer

Sentence: I was overcome byn dumpheer when they moved the office downtown

Etymology: dump +fear

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Intimitermination

Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: in/tim/i/tur/mim/ay/shun

Sentence: The boss kept his employees working unpaid overtime with intimitermination techniques. If they didn't reach their quotas a new team would replace them.

Etymology: intimidation + intimate (hint) + termination

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COMMENTS:

Good mix - like it - Rutilus, 2008-05-30: 14:12:00

Interesting and intimidating!! - wordmeister, 2008-05-30: 13:54:00

Having been intimitermed a coupla times myself, I couldn't help but vote for this. Good job! - mikeysfbay, 2008-05-30: 18:56:00

I sprained my tongue and split a lip saying intimitermination but I like it anyway! - Mustang, 2008-05-30: 22:19:00

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Oversea

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: ōvərsē

Sentence: If Janice doesn't get the staff she oversees to produce more, upper management threatens oversea her crew.

Etymology: oversee (supervise) + overseas (in or to a foreign country, esp. one across the sea)

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