Verboticism: Downsighs

'Don't worry, if I get terribly randy...'

DEFINITION: n. The fear that you will be outsourced, downsized, unassigned, or separated (one way or another) from your weekly paycheck. v. To use the threat of outsourcing and downsizing to manage and motivate your team.

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Intimitermination

Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: in/tim/i/tur/mim/ay/shun

Sentence: The boss kept his employees working unpaid overtime with intimitermination techniques. If they didn't reach their quotas a new team would replace them.

Etymology: intimidation + intimate (hint) + termination

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COMMENTS:

Good mix - like it - Rutilus, 2008-05-30: 14:12:00

Interesting and intimidating!! - wordmeister, 2008-05-30: 13:54:00

Having been intimitermed a coupla times myself, I couldn't help but vote for this. Good job! - mikeysfbay, 2008-05-30: 18:56:00

I sprained my tongue and split a lip saying intimitermination but I like it anyway! - Mustang, 2008-05-30: 22:19:00

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Contractivate

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: kon trak tiv ayt

Sentence: When Megan became boss, she sought to contractivate her team by threatening to out source their jobs if they failed to meet targets. But in the end, it was Megan whose leadership style got her a big promotion, to the office in India!

Etymology: Contract (to assign a job to someone outside one's own business) & Activate (make active or more active;put in motion or move to act)

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Dumphear

Created by: wordmeister

Pronunciation: dum feer

Sentence: I was overcome byn dumpheer when they moved the office downtown

Etymology: dump +fear

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Underpressurecooker

Created by: bookowl

Pronunciation: un/dur/pres/yur/cuk/ur

Sentence: There was an underpressurecooker attitude in the office - get cooking or get canned.

Etymology: under pressure + pressure cooker

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Downsighs

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: down size

Sentence: When the meeting had been announced, the jungle drums had beat in overtime mode, speculation was rife and people got their exercise jumping to conclusions. Phil could hear the attitude already in the meeting he was addressing. He was here to tell his staff about the new contracts they had just signed, which would give everyone job security. But being the pessimists they were, he could hear the downsighs already. When he did announce the good news, nobody believed him. They all had visions of severance packages in their heads and had all sent off their resumes and cleaned out their desks. How in the hell was he supposed to service the new contracts now? He figured they had all come down with contract squirmatitis!

Etymology: downsize (To make a company smaller through terminations, retirements, or the selling off of various operations) & sighs (utter with a sigh) & down (cause to come or go down or non-existant)

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COMMENTS:

heehee - galwaywegian, 2008-05-30: 07:40:00

I've had contract squirmatitis before, it's no fun!! Excellent word. - Mustang, 2008-05-30: 22:19:00

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Redundantsee

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: re - DUN - dant - see

Sentence: Alvin was deeply depressed, caught up in serious redundantsee and having visions of his position at the office being eliminated and finding himself looking for a new source of income,

Etymology: Blend of 'redundant' (excess to requirements, unnecessary) and 'see' (observe, catch sight of) . A play on redundancy, a term for 'layoff' in some places.

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Appallvanize

Created by: Rutilus

Pronunciation: ap-all-van-ize

Sentence: Marylyn appallvanized her staff on a daily basis, believing it would motivate the good and lead to the departure of the 'chaff'. However, she seemed blissfully unaware that this dangerous approach could catastrophically backfire.

Etymology: appall - frighten, dismay; galvanize - strengthen, motivate

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Oversea

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: ōvərsē

Sentence: If Janice doesn't get the staff she oversees to produce more, upper management threatens oversea her crew.

Etymology: oversee (supervise) + overseas (in or to a foreign country, esp. one across the sea)

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Strongalm

Created by: OZZIEBOB

Pronunciation: STRAWNG-ahm

Sentence: It was Roxie's mantra, to strongalm them "Do you know the real meaning of salary sacrifice?" She would roar. "It means when your livelihood, becomes your deadlihood, and you, your wife and kids are in the poor house. That will be my payout to you, if you don't get this job done ahead of schedule."

Etymology: Blend of Strong_ARM: to bully, standover & ALM: a back formation creating a verb from alms (s & pl noun): handout, money, goods, and other donations given to the poor and needy - in many cases through unemployment.

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Intimatedayshun

Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: inn tim et daeeeee shun

Sentence: Her intimatedayshun caused almost immediate downsizing in the trouser department.

Etymology: intimidation, intimate day, shun

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