Verboticism: Usefail

'I'm surprised that no one else has picked up the ball.'

DEFINITION: v. To listen intently and sympathize with your colleagues when they request assistance, and then to simply, and completely, forget about it. n. The ability to sympathize with, yet ignore, requests for help.

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Created by: erasmus

Pronunciation: av oi quest

Sentence: Frank was the most renown for avoiquesting in the office. Ask him anything and you can bet tomorrow he wont remember any of it.

Etymology: from avoid and request.

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Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: flip/sur/vus

Sentence: His flipservice was so convincing, he never did any actual work

Etymology: flip (about face) + lip service (hypocracy)


Can also be tied to flippant, which is quite appropriate. - purpleartichokes, 2007-02-27: 10:01:00

Excellent point purple - Jabberwocky, 2007-02-27: 13:30:00


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Created by: newszi


Sentence: Sally asked Cindy, about Joe might be able to help them. Sally answered: -Don't bother, he's an Ironian When you ask for help you need the most, all you get is Ironians'. Joe's answers are an Ironian's, he newer keeps himself to them.

Etymology: irony + answer or irony +an

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Created by: karenanne

Pronunciation: sham\\\' pa thize

Sentence: Julie\\\'s partner said he was very overwhelmed with their joint project, and it was Julie\\\'s turn to call clients. Julie completely shampathized, then she went back to shopping online.

Etymology: Sham + sympathize


karenanne Etymology: Sham + sympathize - karenanne, 2009-09-18: 15:09:00

Good word! And I am not just being shampathetic... - jrogan, 2009-09-18: 15:55:00


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Created by: urbanwookie

Pronunciation: foh-get-fool-ness

Sentence: When challenged by his boss, James blamed his inaction on his chronic fauxgetfullness.

Etymology: faux + forgetfullness (contraction)

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Created by: splangdon





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Created by: purpleartichokes

Pronunciation: diss-membur

Sentence: When Sue came back from vacation, she found that Wendy had dissmembered to stop the production of Christmas cookies. Now she had to find a way to turn Santa Clauses into Leprechauns.

Etymology: diss (disrespect), disremember (to forget)


word isn't bad, sentence is brilliant! - galwaywegian, 2007-02-27: 06:05:00

petaj I have a clear image of someone chopping the arms and legs off gingerbread men. - petaj, 2007-02-27: 17:38:00


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Created by: abrakadeborah

Pronunciation: Aw-too-bad-no

Sentence: "Aww...I'm so sorry and I feel your pain Paula Pokealong, but dear I will not help you again with your work and it's an awtoobadno situation for you that you must handle it this time on your own."

Etymology: Aw;—used to express mild disappointment, gentle entreaty, or real or mock sympathy or sentiment. Too; to an excessive degree : excessively : to such a degree as to be regrettable. Bad; failing to reach an acceptable standard. NO!; not so —used to express negation, dissent, denial, or refusal.

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Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: em/pa/theh/tik

Sentence: Our IT team is very empathetic. They listen attentively to our problems and then promptly forget about them.

Etymology: empathy + pathetic

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Created by: Discoveria

Pronunciation: Skam-path-ee

Sentence: Instead of helping Jill go up the hill to fetch a pail of water, Jack stayed at home out of sheer laziness. He was a master of the art of scampathy.

Etymology: Scam + scamp + empathy. Scam: a con; something designed to fool you. Scamp: a rascal. Empathy: to put yourself in another person's shoes, to see their point of view.


like that one! - w5lf9s, 2007-02-27: 12:12:00

A very good word. Without knowing the definition, you'd be able to figure out its meaning. - purpleartichokes, 2007-02-27: 12:22:00

It's scamptastic! - Alchemist, 2007-02-27: 12:47:00

good one - Jabberwocky, 2007-02-27: 13:31:00

Nice one Discoveria! And I am not just being scampathetic. - wordmeister, 2007-02-27: 19:30:00


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