Verboticism: Mumsense

'You're perfect, but you just don't listen!'

DEFINITION: v. To be offered regular encouragement, unwavering support and subtle but unrelenting criticism based on the worry that you may not be realizing your "full potential". n. The helpful but sometimes annoying advice given by a mother to a child.

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Recommomdations

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: rekəmämdāshənz

Sentence: Tim’s mother is always ready with recommomdations for just about everything he does. The recipe? One part advice and one part criticism. Tim’s formula? Two parts ignore!

Etymology: recommendation (advise or suggest something as a course of action) + mom (one\'s mother)

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Mompliment

Created by: Tigger

Pronunciation: /MOM-pluh-ment/

Sentence: Keith's mother would praise him whenever he came to visit, but she would always follow up with a mompliment, expressing mild disappointment that he hadn't done better. Keith was a successful pharmacist — he even owned his pharmacy — but after saying how proud she was of him, she'd finish with something like, "...but you could've been a real doctor, just like Pearl's son, Mark. Did you hear, he just bought one of those fancy new cars that talks to you?"

Etymology: Mom - short for momma (from Greek, mámmé "breast") + Compliment - an expression of praise, commendation, or admiration (from Italian, complimento "expression of respect and civility")

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COMMENTS:

Excellent! - Mustang, 2008-05-10: 02:42:00

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Suppoker

Created by: rombus

Pronunciation: sup - pok - ur

Sentence: Nathan felt blessed. His mom was his biggest suppoker..... She offered him encouragement, along with regular prodding and poking.

Etymology: supporter, poke (prod or jab)

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COMMENTS:

love it! - Jabberwocky, 2009-06-23: 13:38:00

Must be where they get prod-igal sons from? - Nosila, 2009-06-23: 16:27:00

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Maternexhort

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: mah-TERN-ex-ort

Sentence: Though she did it lovingly, Hortense would maternexhort relentlessly in trying to steer her son Eggbert in the pursuits she believed to be right for him.

Etymology: Blend of 'maternal' (of, relating to, belonging to, or characteristic of a mother) and 'exhort' (to incite by argument or advice : urge strongly)

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Mamanurture

Created by: TJayzz

Pronunciation: Mum-a-nurr-tyur

Sentence: Jean always thought that a bit of mamanurture was good for her kids, although they often wished that she would keep her opinions and constructive criticisms to herself for a change. Tom really didnt want to join the family sewage farm business he wanted to be a ballet dancer, but his mother would spend hours trying to persuade him otherwise.

Etymology: Mama(Imitative of a childs first syllables, ma,ma) See also Mamma. Nurture(Rear, encourage the developement of(a child). From the Latin Nutrire.

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Mumtor

Created by: Stevenson0

Pronunciation: mum/tor

Sentence: Jim's mother took it upon herself to mumtor him in all aspects of his life.

Etymology: mum + mentor

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Constructical

Created by: Rutilus

Pronunciation: con-strukt-i-kal

Sentence: Jeremy's mother wanted the best for him. She knew he was gifted but felt he lacked drive and direction. She had always been constructical with him and hoped one day soon it would lead him to seize more of the opportunities around him.

Etymology: Constructive - build up (confidence); critical - finding fault with (someone/something)

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Impotentate

Created by: bookowl

Pronunciation: im/poe/ten/tate

Sentence: His mother was such an impotentate that her nagging had a reverse effect.

Etymology: impotent + potentate

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Mambition

didsbury

Created by: didsbury

Pronunciation: mahm-bishun

Sentence: I know that you want me to go to Law School Mom, you have reminded me on a regular basis for 15 years! Okay, you only want the best for me but your mambition is getting out of control.

Etymology: Combination of Mam (Northern English for Mother) and ambition. See also: dadmonishment.

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COMMENTS:

Nice one didsbury. - galwaywegian, 2008-05-09: 06:22:00

I like too: good word. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-09: 09:32:00

good one...it should make us all mambitious! - Nosila, 2008-05-09: 21:40:00

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Smotherspeak

Created by: arrrteest

Pronunciation: smuth-er-speek

Sentence: Jason cringed at the very sound whenever his mother began a sentence with a motherspeak preface. "I like the (fill in noun or phrase), but..." Yes, it was like everything she would say before the word "but" softened you up for a reprimand, left-handed compliment, or unsolicited opinion.

Etymology: We put the mother in smother + speak, as in newspeak, from the George Orwell novel 1984 where language was manipulated to control thoughts and ideas

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Good word. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-11: 18:34:00

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