Verboticism: Timestapo

'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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Latekeeper

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: lātkēpər

Sentence: The rule at Jill’s office is to calculate time cards in 15-minute increments. What that often means is that her boss, will engage her in a conversation for 14 minutes past her scheduled work day. The other trick that this latekeeper will employ is to wait until he hears the click of the time clock to exit his office to ask for a progress report on her various projects.

Etymology: late (doing something or taking place after the expected, proper, or usual time) + gatekeeper (a person or thing that controls access to something)

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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:

Good one! - Mustang, 2009-06-17: 00:45:00

this is priceless! - mweinmann, 2009-06-17: 07:46:00

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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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Tickoff

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Created by: petaj

Pronunciation: tick - off

Sentence: We turn a blind eye to staff showing up early to work but we are rigorous about tickoff procedures and plan to appoint a manager to ensure that all staff are ticked off in an efficient and pleasant manner.

Etymology: tick (of the clock) off (as in off home, sign off, off the clock) ticked off (pissed off) tick off (cross off the list as each subordinate leaves the office)

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Chronologre

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: kruh-nol-oh-ger

Sentence: Cindy's boss can be a real chronologre when he wants to be. He acts like you are stealing from him personally if you clock out even a minute early. Maybe if he had the skill or drive to do something really useful life would be different.

Etymology: chronology (the arrangement of dates, events, etc, in order of occurrence) + ogre (a monstrously ugly, cruel, or barbarous person)

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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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Clockjock

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: klok jok

Sentence: Hal was a clockjock. He eyed his staff like a hungry lion at a zebra watering hole. If they tried to sneak away early, he'd confront them to the point, they'd never do it again. One day, young Mindy raced to the door to escape and was caught by Hal. "Where do you think you are going?" he charged. "My water broke and I need to get to hospital." she cried. "Nice try", he countered. "You've been here long enough to know that all deliveries are made at the rear of the building, after 6:00 p.m.".

Etymology: Clock (a timepiece that shows the time of day) & Jock (a person trained to compete)

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COMMENTS:

karenanne "...deliveries are made at the rear of the building, after 6:00 p.m." - HA - priceless - karenanne, 2010-06-29: 19:43:00

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Snoopervise

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: Snew-per-vize

Sentence: Melody was definitely a hands on snoopervisor who monitored every aspect of her subordinates daily activities, even making note of their bathroom breaks, trips to the water cooler and time spent on the phones.

Etymology: Blend of 'snoop' (nosy person) and 'supervise' (be in charge)

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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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Streptoclockus

artr

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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