Verboticism: Micromangerment

'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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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COMMENTS:

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

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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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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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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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