Verboticism: Antepressgang

'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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Pinkslipophobia

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: pink slip o fobia

Sentence: Serena suffered from pinkslipophobia,especially when the budget cuts were announced each year. So far she had dodged that bullet. She was sure it was because she refused to wear a pink slip to work...

Etymology: Pink slip (lose your job) & Phobia (fear)

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Dontaxme

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: dōntaksmē

Sentence: With the abundance of pink slips, Randy goes to work each day with a dontaxme attitude. He makes a point of looking as busy as possible without really accomplishing anything. If anybody requests help, he fears that he might end up in the wrong camp so generally responds ”Dontaxme”.

Etymology: don’t ask me! (used to indicate that one does not know the answer to a question and that one is surprised or irritated to be questioned) + ax (dismiss suddenly and ruthlessly)

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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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Usurperize

Created by: scrabbelicious

Pronunciation: |jʊˈzəːp| |əː| |rʌɪz|

Sentence: Jack was in constant fear of his crazy boss. "He's completely cuckoo" Jack Wood say, "Let's see him usurperize me after I change all the passwords on the mainframe". (Ed.- er mainframe?)

Etymology: Usurp and er-ize for blending raisins...like sultanas only nicer.

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Dispissal

Created by: wordmeister

Pronunciation: dis-piss-all

Sentence: Thanks to his boss’s regular habit of dispissalling on his subordinates, Allan had about as much confidence as a wet toilet seat.

Etymology: dismiss, epistle,etc.

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COMMENTS:

interesting - Jabberwocky, 2008-05-30: 12:41:00

Thank you Jabberwocky! - wordmeister, 2008-05-30: 13:57:00

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Motisway

Created by: TJayzz

Pronunciation: Mow -tee-sway

Sentence: When it came to motivating the team, Gordon had to resort to motisway. So he dropped a few hints about the downsizing rumours that were going around the boardroom. After all it was up to him to meet the deadlines.

Etymology: Moti from motivate. Sway(to influence power over others) =Motisway

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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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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

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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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Brokeaphobia

Created by: mikeysfbay

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Sentence: My brokeaphobia keeps me from saying anything to my boss.

Etymology: Said to have been described in a 1929 edition of the Wall Street Journal

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