Verboticism: Compassiveness

'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: artr

Pronunciation: kuhm-pa-shuh-not

Sentence: When Denise came to Carl for help his face was completely sympathetic, his actions were compassionot.

Etymology: compassionate (having tender feelings) + not (used to express negation, denial, refusal, or prohibition)

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Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: help fool ness

Sentence: Deep down she new that Jon's particular brand of helpfoolness was not going to save the situation.

Etymology: helpful, fool

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Created by: splangdon





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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: Mustang

Pronunciation: kuhm-PAH-shuhn

Sentence: Once again Rick responded with typical compasshun to Sharon's request for assistance with her looming deadline, seeming to be caring and sympathetic yet never finding the time to actually come to her aid.

Etymology: Blend of 'compassion' ( a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering) and 'shun' (to keep away from (a place, person, object, etc.), from motives of dislike, caution, etc.; take pains to avoid)

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Created by: bettyann9

Pronunciation: em-path-eezha

Sentence: She was so skilled at the art of empathesia that her friends never suspected she was transforming herself into a lawnmower even as she listened intently to their inane stories.

Etymology: Empathy+amnesia

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Created by: Stevenson0

Pronunciation: eye/wall

Sentence: His eye contact was perfect and sincere and his responses empathetic and kind, but his memory was going into shut down mode. He was a master at the ability to eyewall his colleagues.

Etymology: eye + eye ball + fire wall


great word - Jabberwocky, 2007-02-27: 09:12:00

perfect word, in fact - I love it! - w5lf9s, 2007-02-27: 11:26:00


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Created by: jedijawa

Pronunciation: simp-o-lehp-see

Sentence: Though he was a good listener Mike's sympolepsy caused him to forget any request ever made of him by his co-workers.

Etymology: sympathy + epilepsy = sympolepsy

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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: Alchemist

Pronunciation: FLUS-tuhr-duk

Sentence: Once more frustrated in her effort to get him to change the office mousetrap, Brenda stormed angrily from Dick's office. "That woethario has flusterducked me for the last time. Time to go over his head. I'm calling DADDY!"

Etymology: From the Flemish "Flustre Du" meaning to pee on the outhouse door in winter, causing it to freeze shut.


Big tip of the pen to purpleartichokes! - Alchemist, 2007-02-27: 08:32:00

What kind of culture needs a word for "freezing the outhouse door shut by peeing on it"? Interesting word... - Discoveria, 2007-02-27: 08:58:00

I thought Flustre Du was to pee on an electric fence. Thanks for clearing that up! - purpleartichokes, 2007-02-27: 09:57:00

the Flemish have a peculiar sense of humor. you see, the act was performed to trap unsuspecting victims, or "flustrekels" INSIDE the outhouse. - Alchemist, 2007-02-27: 11:04:00

No doubt to try to turn them into flustcicles. Those naughty Flemish! - purpleartichokes, 2007-02-27: 12:13:00

I guess I'd be flustered-too if I was trapped in an outhouse by some bladder-emptying trickster. - Discoveria, 2007-02-27: 15:44:00


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