Verboticism: Coughyearner

'Don't worry, it's snot on your files.'

DEFINITION: v. To be so hardworking and dedicated to your job that you come to work even when you're sick and dangerously infectious. n. A person who comes to work sneezing, coughing, contagious, and sick as a dog.

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Cohorker

Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: co/hork/ur

Sentence: Spu Tum was a stalwart cohorker who never missed a day and left his mark on any work or worker he touched.

Etymology: co-worker + hork (as in hork up phlegm)

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COMMENTS:

I've worked with him...good word! - Nosila, 2009-06-19: 13:05:00

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Coughyearner

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: cof fee urn ner

Sentence: Con Tagion worked as a germologist in a large jewellery store. His favourite song was Peggy Lee's "Fever"; his favourite movies were "Outbreak" and "The English Patient". Con loved to drink Bloody Mary's with Lyme juice and he loved the inspiration he got from tv medical dramas. He was also a coughyearner. He earned his living while he coughed and sneezed all over his customers and his co-workers, his work station...everywhere in the store. He came into work no matter how sick he was, because he needed the money to buy new Shingles for his home and he could not afford to miss his measle-y wages. But every time he came in ill, 3 others got sick and had to miss work. His co-workers were fed up with his communicability and his boss had taken to calling him Typhoid Larry. Con loved his job, because the time really flu by, but his computer really was virused and his infectious enthusiasm for his job was really,well,infectious. Daily, into the workplace, he brought in bacteria and some suspected fronteria, too! One day his boss decided that Con would never take time off work if he thought his workload would suffer, so in a rash decision, a lovely female quaranteen was hired to help him. His boss told him that he was sure Con would soon feel better because his new assistant, Penny Cillin, was bound to help!

Etymology: Cough( sudden expulsion of air from the lungs that clears the air passages; a common symptom of upper respiratory infection or bronchitis or pneumonia or tuberculosis) & coffee (a beverage consisting of an infusion of ground coffee beans) & urn (a large pot for making coffee or tea) & earner (someone who earn wages in return for their labor)

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COMMENTS:

great etymology - Jabberwocky, 2008-05-07: 11:41:00

WHOA sentence! - daniellegeorge, 2008-05-08: 14:18:00

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Fluvian

didsbury

Created by: didsbury

Pronunciation: floo-vi-ann

Sentence: Jake is such a fluvian. He is literally coughing his lungs up at his desk and its making me nauseous.

Etymology: Derivative of influenza and the Greek 'vianoscous' which has several meanings, the most appropriate of which in this context is, the feeling you are left with when you receive an unwanted gift.

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Cohorker

Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: co/hork/ur

Sentence: Spu Tum was a stalwart cohorker who never missed a day and left his mark on any work or worker he touched.

Etymology: co-worker + hork (as in hork up phlegm)

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Stafflococky

Created by: Tigger

Pronunciation: /staf-luh-KOK-ee/ (like 'staphylococci')

Sentence: George really believed that the office couldn't function without him, so he came into work every day, even with a raging respiratory infection. He was so stafflococky that he infected everyone else in the office, and then he had to try to manage when they all called in sick. After several days of that, he threatened to resign because, he claimed, his co-workers were just a bunch of wimps. Also, he suspected that they were conspiring against him by using their sick days all at the same time, because they were jealous of his superior work ethic.

Etymology: Blend of: Staff (as in 'office staff') & Staphylococci - plural of staphylococcus, a variety of infectious bacteria (from Greek, staphyle "bunch of grapes" & modified Latin, coccus "spherical bacterium") & Cocky - overly self-assertive or arrogant (from Old English, cocc; nickname for "one who strutted like a cock")

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COMMENTS:

Great one! - pieceof314, 2008-05-07: 08:44:00

excellent - Jabberwocky, 2008-05-07: 11:38:00

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Contagent

Created by: Ismelstar

Pronunciation: [kuhn-tey-juhnt]

Sentence: In the real estate business, there was only one man that made every client sick. Literally. Whether, rain or shine, herpes or measles, swine flu or walking pneumonia, Dan could always be relied on to show houses or man the phones as the hardest working contagent in the office.

Etymology: A mash-up of 'contagion', the communication of disease by direct or indirect contact and 'agent', a person or business authorized to act on another person or business's behalf, a substance that causes a reaction, or any microorganism capable of causing disease.

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COMMENTS:

great word! - Nosila, 2009-06-19: 13:07:00

terrific combo - Jabberwocky, 2009-06-19: 13:39:00

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Germployee

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: jurm ploy ee

Sentence: Peter was well on his way to becoming Germployee of the Month. He regularly came in to work, when he should have stayed in his sick bed. The more contagious he was, the more hours he would expose his co-workers to his nasty virulent bacterium. If he just once stayed home when he felt this way, office absenteeism would plummet. His new nickname was Peter Pandemic.

Etymology: Germ (a minute life form (especially a disease-causing bacterium) & Employee (a worker who is hired to perform a job)

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COMMENTS:

funny - love Peter Pandemic - Jabberwocky, 2009-06-19: 13:40:00

Clever - Mustang, 2009-06-20: 05:58:00

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Ickgusting

Created by: abrakadeborah

Pronunciation: ik-gust-ing

Sentence: Igor had a ickgusting way of sliming all over the office paperwork.

Etymology: ik- Something gross, a way of saying "ew". Gusting- taken in part of dis'gusting' - Highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust; "a disgusting smell"; "distasteful language"; "a loathsome disease"; "the idea of eating meat is repellent to me"; "revolting food"; "a wicked stench"

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Illdustrious

Created by: arrrteest

Pronunciation: ill-dus-tree-us

Sentence: Phil was a snotbucket that overfloweth. Still, he came to work and was an illdustrious little bee that paid no attention to whom he sneezed on or on what he wiped his moist and slimy hands.

Etymology: ill, sick + industrious, hard-working

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Workacolic

petaj

Created by: petaj

Pronunciation: work-a-coll-ick

Sentence: Bent over with abdominal spasms, Dennis the workacolic, hauled a dozen cases of beer into the back of the truck and drove off on his delivery run all the while groaning and moaning.

Etymology: work + alcoholic + colic

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COMMENTS:

funny - congrats Petaj on your great words last week - Jabberwocky, 2008-05-07: 11:43:00

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