Verboticism: Boomeranger

'I just got off the phone with my mother!'

DEFINITION: v. To take the frustration and anger you receive from one person and redirect it towards another person, usually of lower status. n. An act of aggression directed towards an individual or object that was not the source of provocation.

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Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: a/prox/ee/bee/rate

Sentence: When Jim returned from the Director's annual budget meeting he chose the newest member of staff to appoxyberate.

Etymology: a + proxy (substitute) + berate + approximate (close to)


Nice word - I toyed with proxiberate for a while. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-25: 19:33:00


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Created by: Tigger

Pronunciation: /pli-bee-an-uh-MOS-i-tee/

Sentence: Every time the Regional Vice President of Sales would visit Howard's boss, the door would close, but snippets of shouting could be overheard in the hallway; phrases like "under margin!" and "over budget!" were common ones. Then when the VP left, Mr. Cross would emerge to browbeat and threaten to fire the entire office staff. This sort of plebeianimosity would usually last a week or so before things got back to normal.

Etymology: Plebeian - a member of the common people; a member of the lower classes (From Latin plēbius "of the common people" [of ancient Rome] in distinction from the priveledged patrician class) + Animosity - a hostile feeling or act (from Latin, animosus "bold, spirited")


...late submission from me — oh well. - Tigger, 2008-05-25: 02:55:00


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Created by: OZZIEBOB

Pronunciation: des-uh-bi-REYT

Sentence: When things went wrong in the Office, Bob's unique management style immediately swung into top gear. Hapless newcomers, he had to show them who was in charge, were randomly singled out and vexcoriated. And not to let sleeping dogmas lie or trembling tyros touch base with tranquility, he deciberated them with a dictatorial delight. However, we all know about the best laid plans of mice and maniacs; don't we ? Well, it seemed that Bob didn't. For just before noon on April 1st, and under terrible stress to explain to the Managing Director why he had not meet last month's sales targets, he eyed a underling sauntering aimlessly around the office with strange box in his hands. With volcanic verbosity he erupted in a rage, yelling incoherently at the poor lad about the importance of ancillaries. Perplexed, but with patience, the young fellow endured Bob's rambling threats of dire and dismissal until, at last, he had a chance to speak up. Apolegetic in carefully explaining to Bob that he fully understood the problem of the missed targets, he assured him that, in future, all pizzas ordered for the monthly luncheons shall have anchovies.

Etymology: DECI: as in decimate, to select and punish by lot every tenth person; or randomly, without forethought, by chance. Nowadays, used incorrectly (pedants note) for "destroy a large portion of". BERATE: to chide vehemently; to scold, censure angrily or severely.


wow Bob, we must have been on the same wavelength with this one - love your word - similar yet very different than mine - Jabberwocky, 2008-05-23: 09:03:00

Good one...that's what Bob gets for giving people a pizza his mind! - Nosila, 2008-05-23: 21:18:00


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Created by: TJayzz

Pronunciation: Par-s-dur-ayge

Sentence: Bob had just had a right earful from the big cheese, but instead of absorbing the flak, he used a little passderage, He summoned the new boy into his office and took the anger out on him, even though he had nothing to do with the cock-up!

Etymology: Pass(Transfer something to someone) +Rage(Uncontrollable anger) = Passderage


great blend - Jabberwocky, 2008-05-23: 09:08:00

Pass de awards... - Nosila, 2008-05-23: 21:15:00


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Created by: petaj

Pronunciation: tactic

Sentence: "Don't tacktick with me young lady" warned Robyn's mother. "Just because your teacher gave you an ultimatum to complete the assignment or fail, does not mean you can nag me to plead on your behalf".

Etymology: tack (to take another tack, change direction in sailing) + tick (as in ticked off, frustrated) + tactic (strategy)

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: suhb-sti-tan-truhm

Sentence: For no apparent reason Marcie launched into a tirade of everything Jim had ever done that annoyed her. "You've just been on the phone with your mother, haven't you?" Jim knows a substitantrum when he sees one.

Etymology: substitution (acting or serving in place of another)+ tantrum (a violent demonstration of rage or frustration; a sudden burst of ill temper)

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Created by: Stevenson0

Pronunciation: sahy/koh/port

Sentence: Joe was acutely aware not to confront Jenny for at least twenty-four hours after she had a long, involved and confrontational conversation with her mother. Joe knew that Jenny would psychoport all the negative energy from her mother to him.

Etymology: PSYCHOPORT - VERB - from PSYCHO (a neurotic person, or person afflicted with psychosis) + TRANSPORT (to carry, move, or convey from one place to another, or from PSYCHOLOGICAL + TRANSPORT.


LOL - well done - splendiction, 2009-07-04: 00:12:00


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Created by: mrskellyscl

Pronunciation: vic-tim-i-date

Sentence: Sue was known to victimidate anyone who got in the way of her wrath. Whether at work or home she let everyone know that she was definitely the alpha bitch in the pack.

Etymology: victim: a scapegoat-one who suffers for the errors of others; whipping boy + intimidate: frighten into submission; browbeat or bully


wow, I\'ll avoid her! - splendiction, 2009-07-04: 00:13:00


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Created by: melodydrama

Pronunciation: sub-fur-siv

Sentence: Judging by the manic gleam in her eye, Bob could tell his grandmother was in a subfursive mood.

Etymology: Sub- below, lesser fury- anger ive-having a tendency to Having a tendency to express anger to someone lesser

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Created by: Blegvadd

Pronunciation: prox-ISS-ehr-ate (verb); prox-ISS-ehr-it (noun)

Sentence: The phone conversation with her mother so infuriated Melissa that she immediately looked for someone to proxiscerate in her stead.

Etymology: Literally, to disembowel (eviscerate) by proxy.

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