Verboticism: Theagonyoftheexitsee

'Don't tell me your trying to sneak out early?'

DEFINITION: n. A type of frustration created by a manager who never notices when you work late, but always nags you for leaving early whenever you leave on time. v. To carefully monitor your subordinates to ensure that they never leave work a minute early.

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Obeywatch

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: o bay weatch

Sentence: Mr.Smedley fancied himself a dedicated disciple of the obeywatch old school of management. He decided that those employees who had the misfortune to report to him were not to be trusted with important things like personal time management. Far too often they let their personal lives get in the way of being at work. Imagine calling in sick and failing to come in just because you broke a leg or had minor surgery, like an appendicitis. Where was the loyalty these days? So what if there were days they worked for 12 hours straight and other days when the work flow slowed down? He still expected them to be there 9 to 5, without exception. He positioned his desk near the time clocks, so no one could sneak out past him. He recorded all these indiscretions in a black book. Needless to say, morale was at an all time low and fuses were getting shorter at such treatment. One of these days, someone would go postal and punch out his time clock permanently!

Etymology: obey (be obedient to) & watch (a purposeful surveillance to guard or observe;a small portable timepiece;a person employed to watch for something to happen) & Baywatch(you know,that show, where Hoff says, "Hey we gotta save that guy!" and Pamela goes boing, boing, boing running down the beach after him carrying that red thing...)

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COMMENTS:

petaj That's hard to beat - petaj, 2008-04-23: 02:50:00

I guess the "mean" in 'GMT' meant everything to him! Very clever. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-04-23: 06:25:00

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Tocktickrelationship

Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: tok tik ree lay shun ship

Sentence: The interaction, which had always borne the hallmarks of a tocktickrelationship ended badly. The subsequent surgical attempts to reverse the offense which led to its demise proved unsuccessful, leading to extreme embarassment every time her now ex-boss had to travel abroad. He would regularly be stopped and stripsearched at airports and advised by security staff that it was the first time they had found somebody trying to smuggle a twenty dollar watch out of the country using that particular technique.

Etymology: tock tick, toxic relationship

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COMMENTS:

reminds me of the crocodile in Peter Pan but then that would be a croctocktickrelationship - Jabberwocky, 2008-04-23: 08:59:00

But this is just pretend so it is a mocktocktickrelationship, but if it was in the clinic, it would be a doctocktickrelationship or in a gym, a jocktocktickrelationship or in a hosiery store, a socktocktickrelationship...it's endless possibilities! - Nosila, 2008-04-23: 20:34:00

...or between sports acne physicians, a pockmarkjockdoctocktickrelationship - stache, 2008-04-23: 21:57:00

What have I begun? - galwaywegian, 2008-04-24: 04:40:00

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Timepeeper

mrskellyscl

Created by: mrskellyscl

Pronunciation: time-peep-er

Sentence: Helen suspected that Tom, the manager, was a timpeeper when she saw him standing by the coffee machine watching every move she made and checking his watch to make sure her break wasn't too long. He was always at the door in the morning with a creepy look on his face watching her take off her coat and he was there in the evening when she put her coat back on to go home. He was seen peeping over the top of her cubicle to make sure she wasn't on Ebay instead of working and wasting company time. One day, however, he went too far and followed her to the ladies room to see that she didn't take too long. He was caught on a surveilance video and her attorney had no problem filing a harassment suit.

Etymology: play on timekeeper -- peeper: voyeur (Peeping Tom)

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COMMENTS:

The peep became a purp! Good word. - Nosila, 2009-06-16: 10:45:00

Excellent - Mustang, 2009-06-17: 00:45:00

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Theagonyoftheexitsee

Created by: bookowl

Pronunciation: the/agony/and/the/exit/see

Sentence: Every Friday the staff suffered from theagonyandtheexitsee as they tried to creep past Hal the monitor.

Etymology: the agony and the ecstasy + exit + see

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COMMENTS:

mrskellyscl Clever word compilation! - mrskellyscl, 2009-06-16: 16:53:00

Love it! - Nosila, 2009-06-17: 01:36:00

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Clockstalk

Created by: Stevenson0

Pronunciation: klok/stawk

Sentence: Jim, our obnoxious, irritating, micro manager, clockstalks every employee ensuring that they give 110% of their working time to the company.

Etymology: clock + stalk

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COMMENTS:

Great word with many applications. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-04-23: 17:47:00

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Micromangerment

Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: micro/man/ger/ment

Sentence: Sue felt overwhelming micromangerment when her boss never saw the big picture but always obsessed about ridiculous aspects of the job like clock watching.

Etymology: micromanagement + anger

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COMMENTS:

Nice word: sorta has a "dog in the manger" feel about it! - OZZIEBOB, 2008-04-23: 17:42:00

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Clockblock

Created by: scissorlips

Pronunciation: klahk-blahk

Sentence: Emily was frequently at work well past closing time, finishing loose ends, making up time that was perhaps wasted by her co-workers. However, Fred, her boss, was always right there; a serious pain-in-the-butt that knew nothing of her week and clockblocked her just because she wanted to beat rush hour on Friday.

Etymology: Blocking progress based on a mutually visible clock.

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mad props - daniellegeorge, 2008-04-24: 13:18:00

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Taskmasterror

Created by: Tigger

Pronunciation: /task-mas-TER-or/

Sentence: Ruth worked late four days out of the week, but she would sometimes have to leave early to pick up her daughter from daycare. On those days her boss, Mr. Petty, would make snide remarks if he saw her getting ready to leave, and she always had a feeling of taskmasterror that he was keeping track of every time she left work early and keeping it in her personnel file.

Etymology: Taskmaster - a person who supervises rigorously the work of others (from Middle English, taske "imposed work, tax" & Old English, magister "great") + Terror - intense, overpowering fear (from Latin, terrēre "to frighten")

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Streptoclockus

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: streptəkläkəs

Sentence: As a new manager Tom has a bad case of streptoclockus. He watches every minute of his new subordinates workdays as if each second was being pulled from his soul.

Etymology: streptococcus (a bacterium of a genus that includes the agents of souring of milk and dental decay, and hemolytic pathogens causing various infections such as scarlet fever and pneumonia) + clock (a mechanical or electrical device for measuring time)

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Drachronian

Created by: OZZIEBOB

Pronunciation: drey-KROH-nee-uhn

Sentence: "Time is money" yelled Bob so often at his long-suffering staff, that all were finally diagnosed as suffering from drachronian's syndrome, and placed indefinitely on tick leave.

Etymology: Blend of DRACO of draconian fame: Athenian lawgiver who mandated death as punishment for even minor crimes. Fig: severe, inflexible, ruthless. CHRONO, Gk meaning time, as in chronology. DRACULA: ogre, terror, bugbear. IA: suffix meaning disease, state, condition.

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COMMENTS:

funny - Jabberwocky, 2008-04-23: 08:56:00

Perfect! - ErWenn, 2008-04-23: 09:49:00

I like the 'chrono' inflection...great word. - Mustang, 2008-04-23: 21:57:00

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