Verboticism: Contractivate

'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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Oversea

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: ōvərsē

Sentence: If Janice doesn't get the staff she oversees to produce more, upper management threatens oversea her crew.

Etymology: oversee (supervise) + overseas (in or to a foreign country, esp. one across the sea)

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Usurperize

Created by: scrabbelicious

Pronunciation: |jʊˈzəːp| |əː| |rʌɪz|

Sentence: Jack was in constant fear of his crazy boss. "He's completely cuckoo" Jack Wood say, "Let's see him usurperize me after I change all the passwords on the mainframe". (Ed.- er mainframe?)

Etymology: Usurp and er-ize for blending raisins...like sultanas only nicer.

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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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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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COMMENTS:

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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Underpressurecooker

Created by: bookowl

Pronunciation: un/dur/pres/yur/cuk/ur

Sentence: There was an underpressurecooker attitude in the office - get cooking or get canned.

Etymology: under pressure + pressure cooker

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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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Contractivate

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: kon trak tiv ayt

Sentence: When Megan became boss, she sought to contractivate her team by threatening to out source their jobs if they failed to meet targets. But in the end, it was Megan whose leadership style got her a big promotion, to the office in India!

Etymology: Contract (to assign a job to someone outside one's own business) & Activate (make active or more active;put in motion or move to act)

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Motisway

Created by: TJayzz

Pronunciation: Mow -tee-sway

Sentence: When it came to motivating the team, Gordon had to resort to motisway. So he dropped a few hints about the downsizing rumours that were going around the boardroom. After all it was up to him to meet the deadlines.

Etymology: Moti from motivate. Sway(to influence power over others) =Motisway

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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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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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