Verboticism: Dumphear

'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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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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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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Bangalorn

Created by: rebelvin

Pronunciation: BANGAlor+forLORN

Sentence: All the boss has to do is mention bringing in Offshore Resources and we are too bangalorn to do anything but suck it up.

Etymology: BANGAlor+forLORN Bangalor, India - famous for being built up from the early outsourcing trend; the "Silicon Valley of India."

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COMMENTS:

funny! - arrrteest, 2008-05-30: 22:15:00

Good one...I get bangalorn getting sales calls from the Royal Bank of Canada during my dinnertime! - Nosila, 2008-05-30: 22:57:00

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Managitate

Created by: Discoveria

Pronunciation: Man-aj-jit-tayte

Sentence: My manager knows how to managitate. If I don't finish the job by tomorrow, he's going to cut my pay for next month.

Etymology: Manage + agitate

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Dontaxme

artr

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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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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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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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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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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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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