Verboticism: Nitticker

'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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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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Timestapo

youmustvotenato

Created by: youmustvotenato

Pronunciation: time-stop-po

Sentence: Michael, the manager, immediately asked why I was walking out the door at 4:58. Of course, the TIMESTAPO don't understand that when your work is complete and your computer is shut down that its pointless to sit around twittling thumbs.

Etymology: time stamp + gestapo

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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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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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Clockants

Created by: arrrteest

Pronunciation: klok-ants

Sentence: Angie had been working late for the past few weeks without any complaint or second thought. That is, until she had to leave on time to get home to fix dinner for her fiance's parents. She was clockant as she tip-toed past her boss's office. Breathing a sigh of relief when she cleared the doorway, she looked up and he was right in front of her. "Leaving, are you?" he said in a snooty voice. She pretended not to hear him and slipped out the door.

Etymology: clock, a device for noting the time + ant

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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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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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Metermaidservant

Created by: bookowl

Pronunciation:

Sentence: Rita is a lovely metermaidservant who worships the clock.

Etymology: meter maid + maid servant

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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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