Verboticism: Usurperize

'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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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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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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Pinkslippery

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: pink slip per ee

Sentence: Snow White had a unique approach to making the Seven Dwarves work in the mines. She was Happy if they went off each morning singing their Hi-Ho song. But if they felt Sleepy or Sneezy or Dopey or Bashful and did not go to the Doc, it would make Snow White Grumpy. So she would use pinkslippery to motivate their little back sides. Let's face there isn't much work out there for whistling tiny guys, who only know how to work underground. Although it is Grimm, it obviously worked, because no movie was ever made about Snow White and the 5 or 6 Dwarves.

Etymology: Pink Slip (official notice that you have been fired from your job) & Slippery (not to be trusted;being such as to cause things to slip or slide) also Slipper (as in the magical footwear famous in fairy tales).

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Dispissal

Created by: wordmeister

Pronunciation: dis-piss-all

Sentence: Thanks to his boss’s regular habit of dispissalling on his subordinates, Allan had about as much confidence as a wet toilet seat.

Etymology: dismiss, epistle,etc.

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COMMENTS:

interesting - Jabberwocky, 2008-05-30: 12:41:00

Thank you Jabberwocky! - wordmeister, 2008-05-30: 13:57:00

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Intimitermination

Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: in/tim/i/tur/mim/ay/shun

Sentence: The boss kept his employees working unpaid overtime with intimitermination techniques. If they didn't reach their quotas a new team would replace them.

Etymology: intimidation + intimate (hint) + termination

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COMMENTS:

Good mix - like it - Rutilus, 2008-05-30: 14:12:00

Interesting and intimidating!! - wordmeister, 2008-05-30: 13:54:00

Having been intimitermed a coupla times myself, I couldn't help but vote for this. Good job! - mikeysfbay, 2008-05-30: 18:56:00

I sprained my tongue and split a lip saying intimitermination but I like it anyway! - Mustang, 2008-05-30: 22:19:00

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Dontaxme

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: dōntaksmē

Sentence: With the abundance of pink slips, Randy goes to work each day with a dontaxme attitude. He makes a point of looking as busy as possible without really accomplishing anything. If anybody requests help, he fears that he might end up in the wrong camp so generally responds ”Dontaxme”.

Etymology: don’t ask me! (used to indicate that one does not know the answer to a question and that one is surprised or irritated to be questioned) + ax (dismiss suddenly and ruthlessly)

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Dumphear

Created by: wordmeister

Pronunciation: dum feer

Sentence: I was overcome byn dumpheer when they moved the office downtown

Etymology: dump +fear

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Intimatedayshun

Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: inn tim et daeeeee shun

Sentence: Her intimatedayshun caused almost immediate downsizing in the trouser department.

Etymology: intimidation, intimate day, shun

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Appallvanize

Created by: Rutilus

Pronunciation: ap-all-van-ize

Sentence: Marylyn appallvanized her staff on a daily basis, believing it would motivate the good and lead to the departure of the 'chaff'. However, she seemed blissfully unaware that this dangerous approach could catastrophically backfire.

Etymology: appall - frighten, dismay; galvanize - strengthen, motivate

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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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