Verboticism: Clockants

'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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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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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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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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Drachronian

Created by: OZZIEBOB

Pronunciation: drey-KROH-nee-uhn

Sentence: "Time is money" yelled Bob so often at his long-suffering staff, that all were finally diagnosed as suffering from drachronian's syndrome, and placed indefinitely on tick leave.

Etymology: Blend of DRACO of draconian fame: Athenian lawgiver who mandated death as punishment for even minor crimes. Fig: severe, inflexible, ruthless. CHRONO, Gk meaning time, as in chronology. DRACULA: ogre, terror, bugbear. IA: suffix meaning disease, state, condition.

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COMMENTS:

funny - Jabberwocky, 2008-04-23: 08:56:00

Perfect! - ErWenn, 2008-04-23: 09:49:00

I like the 'chrono' inflection...great word. - Mustang, 2008-04-23: 21:57:00

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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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Tockpsychology

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: tok sik ol ogee

Sentence: Mr. Grant was the devil for playing tockpsychology games on his employees. Even if they came in at 6:00 am, he'd watch anyone leaving before 5:30 pm and make snide comments on their lack of dedication.

Etymology: Tock (as in Tick Tock, the sound of a clock) & Psychology (the science of mental life) & Wordplay on toxicology (the branch of pharmacology that deals with the nature and effects and treatments of poisons)

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Clockadoodledue

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: klok a doo dell doo

Sentence: Cylla Stration thought it would be a fun job drawing for a comic book company. Until she met her boss, Mr.Art Work. His policy was that no artist left for the day unless they completed a whole comic book. So he sat by the only exit, by the time clock and monitored his staff. No one left until they could clockadoodledue.

Etymology: Clock (time measurement piece) & Doodle (scribble a drawing on paper) & Due (something owed)

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COMMENTS:

clever - Jabberwocky, 2009-06-16: 13:11:00

Cute! - Mustang, 2009-06-17: 00:47:00

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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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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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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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