Verboticism: Whorology

'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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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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Whorology

Created by: Jamagra

Pronunciation: whore/ol'/uh/gee

Sentence: Daphne felt that Phillip, the new manager in the Department of Silly Clocks (afternoon watch), was a bit... alarming. She frequently heard him tocking to himself outside her office door. His imprecise movements infuriated her: only yesterday he had slopped quartz and quartz of water all over her timesheet and she'd had to redo it! Lately he'd taken to fobbing his unfinished work off on her just when things should have been winding down for the day. Quite often she had to wrist-le with the urge to clock Phillip upside the head. So far she'd proven resistant, but who knew how long that would last. Sometimes she fantasized about setting her hands around his windpipe... The man never seemed to notice all the nights she stayed back, but if she left work before 6pm, he would spring forward and reprimand her. She simply had to face facts: time had changed him from a horologist to a whorologist.

Etymology: whore + horology (the art or science of making timepieces or of measuring time)

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COMMENTS:

Face it, it's crystal clear that's my kind of story...Philip obviously has not had a good movement for some time, which is bound to wind him up and make him cuckoo! You'd be ticked, too. Oh well, even a broken clock is right twice a day...Cheers - Nosila, 2008-04-23: 01:28:00

dialightful! - galwaywegian, 2008-04-23: 06:10:00

Can the hands of a clock ever clap? great sentence - ticked all the boxes - Jabberwocky, 2008-04-23: 09:01:00

Don't forget the "Ho" in horology! Luv the sentence - OZZIEBOB, 2008-04-23: 17:54:00

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Clockstalk

Created by: Stevenson0

Pronunciation: klok/stawk

Sentence: Jim, our obnoxious, irritating, micro manager, clockstalks every employee ensuring that they give 110% of their working time to the company.

Etymology: clock + stalk

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Great word with many applications. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-04-23: 17:47:00

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Bossitch

Created by: abrakadeborah

Pronunciation: bos-itch

Sentence: Mr. Needler Nosey was such a bositch to his employees and only noticed what he presumed was bad behavior.

Etymology: Boss- A person in charge of the company employees. *itch- Slang for a person who complains about everything.

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

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

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Latekeeper

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: lātkēpər

Sentence: The rule at Jill’s office is to calculate time cards in 15-minute increments. What that often means is that her boss, will engage her in a conversation for 14 minutes past her scheduled work day. The other trick that this latekeeper will employ is to wait until he hears the click of the time clock to exit his office to ask for a progress report on her various projects.

Etymology: late (doing something or taking place after the expected, proper, or usual time) + gatekeeper (a person or thing that controls access to something)

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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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Tickoff

petaj

Created by: petaj

Pronunciation: tick - off

Sentence: We turn a blind eye to staff showing up early to work but we are rigorous about tickoff procedures and plan to appoint a manager to ensure that all staff are ticked off in an efficient and pleasant manner.

Etymology: tick (of the clock) off (as in off home, sign off, off the clock) ticked off (pissed off) tick off (cross off the list as each subordinate leaves the office)

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