Verboticism: Snoopervise

'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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Taskmasterror

Created by: Tigger

Pronunciation: /task-mas-TER-or/

Sentence: Ruth worked late four days out of the week, but she would sometimes have to leave early to pick up her daughter from daycare. On those days her boss, Mr. Petty, would make snide remarks if he saw her getting ready to leave, and she always had a feeling of taskmasterror that he was keeping track of every time she left work early and keeping it in her personnel file.

Etymology: Taskmaster - a person who supervises rigorously the work of others (from Middle English, taske "imposed work, tax" & Old English, magister "great") + Terror - intense, overpowering fear (from Latin, terrēre "to frighten")

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Stimie

karenanne

Created by: karenanne

Pronunciation: STY mee

Sentence: Early on in his new job, Ernest made the mistake of working late every day to catch up and to prove himself, thinking that would place him in the boss's good favor. Instead, it means that the boss, who himself doesn't usually hit the office until 10 am, has now forgotten Ernest's actual contract hours and assumes he will always be there until 7 pm. So now when Ernest decides to leave on time (5 pm) to actually spend time with his family, he is stimied at every turn by the boss's obvious disapproval. The boss likes to do such things as staring pointedly at his watch, sighing loudly and saying, "I guess I'll have to stay and finish things by myself tonight since there won't be anyone here to help," and making comments about how "people who are team players will the ones to keep their jobs when cuts are made." The funny thing is, Ernest has actually begun to feel guilty and acts apologetic as he is leaving (on time).

Etymology: time + stymie (to frustrate, hinder, or thwart)

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COMMENTS:

Truer words never spoken... - Nosila, 2010-06-29: 19:25:00

karenanne My first thought was "clocksucker" but then I figured I had already put in my share of vulgarity a couple of months ago with "dicktionary," "motherducker," and "bitchnessperson." - karenanne, 2010-06-29: 19:40:00

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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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Streptoclockus

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: streptəkläkəs

Sentence: As a new manager Tom has a bad case of streptoclockus. He watches every minute of his new subordinates workdays as if each second was being pulled from his soul.

Etymology: streptococcus (a bacterium of a genus that includes the agents of souring of milk and dental decay, and hemolytic pathogens causing various infections such as scarlet fever and pneumonia) + clock (a mechanical or electrical device for measuring time)

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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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Chronaumatize

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: chrawn - AUWM - uh - tyz

Sentence: Edgar had developed the annoying habit of perching where he could see all his workers as quitting time approached and he would attempt to chronaumatize anyone who even looked as though they might be trying to sneak out a few minutes early.

Etymology: Blend of chronometer (clock) and traumatize.

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COMMENTS:

I know people like that - Jabberwocky, 2008-04-23: 09:03:00

Lumberg!!! - scissorlips, 2008-04-23: 10:58:00

Lumberg,indeed! Nice blend. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-04-23: 17:45:00

Lumberg it is! Uhhh, what or who is Lumberg? Or dare I ask? LOL - Mustang, 2008-04-23: 20:00:00

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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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Hourgrass

Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: our/grass

Sentence: Stan was the company hourgrass and would tattle on anyone who took a minute longer for coffee breaks or lunch. He had a special alarm that would sound if the door was opened before 5:00 p.m.

Etymology: hour glass + grass (as in tattle)

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COMMENTS:

Stan sounds like a grasshole! - Nosila, 2009-06-16: 10:48:00

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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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Snoopervise

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: Snew-per-vize

Sentence: Melody was definitely a hands on snoopervisor who monitored every aspect of her subordinates daily activities, even making note of their bathroom breaks, trips to the water cooler and time spent on the phones.

Etymology: Blend of 'snoop' (nosy person) and 'supervise' (be in charge)

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