Verboticism: Motisway

'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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Antepressgang

petaj

Created by: petaj

Pronunciation: anty-press-gang

Sentence: With a heavy heart, Hilary, cast her eyes once again over the positions vacant column. She was in a terrible state with her supervisor antepressganging by pointing out how few jobs were available in the industry all the while bullying the team into working unpaid overtime or facing the jobless queue.

Etymology: ante (opposite) + press gang (group of 'recruiters' who would coerce the poor and vulnerable into military/naval service) + oppress (to subdue)

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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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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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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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Pinkslippery

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: pink slip per ee

Sentence: Snow White had a unique approach to making the Seven Dwarves work in the mines. She was Happy if they went off each morning singing their Hi-Ho song. But if they felt Sleepy or Sneezy or Dopey or Bashful and did not go to the Doc, it would make Snow White Grumpy. So she would use pinkslippery to motivate their little back sides. Let's face there isn't much work out there for whistling tiny guys, who only know how to work underground. Although it is Grimm, it obviously worked, because no movie was ever made about Snow White and the 5 or 6 Dwarves.

Etymology: Pink Slip (official notice that you have been fired from your job) & Slippery (not to be trusted;being such as to cause things to slip or slide) also Slipper (as in the magical footwear famous in fairy tales).

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Brokeaphobia

Created by: mikeysfbay

Pronunciation:

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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Motixiety

Created by: Stevenson0

Pronunciation: moh/tuh/zahy/i/tee

Sentence: Motixiety is the chosen strategy of most toxic managers. It's easier to stay aloof from their workers by using fear for production, than actually having a conversation and getting to know their employees.

Etymology: motixiety - motivate + anxiety - negative motivating through the use of anixety

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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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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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Bombayboot

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: bom-bey-boot

Sentence: Clyde thought he'd keep his crew in line with the threat of outsourcing. To his surprise the company gave his entire division the Bombayboot. Now if you call Clyde's old phone number it is answered by someone with a heavy Indian accent named Bradley.

Etymology: Bombay (city in India) + boot (dismiss from service, fire)

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