Verboticism: Protagnate

'What are doing to the cubicles!?'

DEFINITION: v. To create an impression that you have made a positive contribution, especially when related to career activities. n. A personal mark or imprint which proves that you have done something that matters.

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Prattoo

Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: praht oooooooo

Sentence: His prattoo was everywhere from the desk in his first schoolroom to the bedhead where he finally popped his clogs. It was said that the hooker who dispatched him to the next world even bore the mark, but that might just have been loose talk.

Etymology: tattoo prat

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COMMENTS:

love the sentence - Jabberwocky, 2008-05-05: 16:14:00

Unique word and sentence. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-06: 17:59:00

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Substamptial

Created by: mweinmann

Pronunciation: sub - stamp - shul

Sentence: There were many colleagues who thought Janelle had made a contribution to the last project; just because her intials or name appeared on all correspondence relating to it. The situation was really more substamptial than it appeared....

Etymology: substantial (significant: fairly large), stamp (to mark, or produce an imprint in or on something), sub (short for substitute)

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Good one. - Mustang, 2009-06-16: 00:32:00

Good one. - Mustang, 2009-06-16: 01:16:00

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Kilroy

Created by: rebelvin

Pronunciation: kill+Roy

Sentence: His kilroys were all over the project, so there was no doubt he wanted to take credit for it.

Etymology: Kilroy was the fictional character from WWII who's mark was written everywhere: "Kilroy was here."

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COMMENTS:

He was so what kilrovian, I guess. Good word. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-06: 17:53:00

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Egosnark

Created by: pieceof314

Pronunciation: ee-go-snark

Sentence: Evan was an egosnark. Everywhere he went he would interject what his imput to the project he gave, what he would have done if he was team leader and what others did wrong. He would put his initials on everything he did or owned and often would whisper under his breath.

Etymology: ego, self + snark, snide remark

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Tinfluence

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: tin flu ens

Sentence: Johnny utilized his tinfluence on the student elections by spray-canning his name and motto on any surfaces in the school. "Johnny Bunko for Graffiti Monitor" proved very successful for him.

Etymology: Tin (can;airtight sealed metal container for food or drink or paint etc.) & Influence (shape or influence; give direction to)

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Protagnate

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: proh-tag-neyt

Sentence: Josh isn't yet the protagnate he would like to be. He may have short-circuited his rise to the top by misunderstanding when his mentor told him that it important to make your mark in the business world. Tagging all of the company's delivery vans with his initials just might come back to bite him.

Etymology: protagonist (the leading character, hero, or heroine of a drama) + tag (to write graffiti) + magnate (a person of eminence or distinction in any field)

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Monhancock

Created by: alicat

Pronunciation: Mawn-han-cock

Sentence: Walter was 40, still working at McDonalds and wanted to leave his mark somewhere in the world. For two days he flipped the french-fry containers upside down to make Ws. In his own way, he felt that he was leaving his MonHancock on the rest of the world.

Etymology: "mon" - French of "my" and "Hancock" - as in John Hancock, or signature

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funny - Jabberwocky, 2009-06-15: 13:18:00

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Mycreditation

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: my-cred-eh-TAY-shun

Sentence: Vernon wanted to make sure that everyone knew about his contributions to various programs that succeeded whether or not due to his efforts, and he found ways to engage in mycreditation, managing to put his 'stamp' on paperwork or other things that would surely draw attention toward him.

Etymology: Blend of 'my' and 'accreditation' (to ascribe or attribute to)

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COMMENTS:

Talkin' 'bout mycreditation (Who said that) - Jabberwocky, 2009-06-15: 13:20:00

The Who's on first... - Nosila, 2009-06-15: 14:17:00

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Carearmark

Created by: Tigger

Pronunciation: /kuh-REER-mahrk/

Sentence: The database that Jason had created ten years ago was still used for the company's inventory tracking, and he felt that it was his carearmark ― that the work he'd done so long ago was still being used today. That, and 'casual Friday', from the day when he thought he'd come to the office to do some extra work on a Saturday, wearing baggy jeans and a tee shirt, and it turned out to be a Friday instead.

Etymology: Career - chosen pursuit, profession or occupation (from Middle French, carriere "road, racecourse") + Earmark - any identifying or distinguishing mark or characteristic (from ear + mark; originally a cut or mark in the ear of sheep and cattle, serving as a sign of ownership)

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COMMENTS:

clever blend - Jabberwocky, 2008-05-05: 16:14:00

nice. - galwaywegian, 2008-05-05: 17:09:00

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Winpression

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: win press shun

Sentence: Freddy wanted to make his mark at the Moonlight Auto Body Shop. He knew he was smarter and more personable than the other guys and way more ambitious. He knew that someday he would run the company. The surest way to make a winpression was the easiest and none of the others had even thought of it. He courted and married the boss' very homely daughter and made a great winpression on his boss that secured his future permanently.

Etymology: Win (win something through one's efforts) & Impression (a clear and telling mental image or a vague idea in which some confidence is placed)

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