Verboticism: Avoiquest

'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: kəmpashənät

Sentence: As much as Judy saw heads nodding as she explained her dilemma, when it came down to getting help, her coworkers are decidedly compassionot. What she later discovered was that upper management had replaced a number of her coworkers with life-sized bobbleheads.

Etymology: compassionate (feeling or showing sympathy and concern for others) + not (used to express the negative of other words)


good one - galwaywegian, 2011-02-02: 09:53:00


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Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: em/pa/theh/tik

Sentence: Our IT team is very empathetic. They listen attentively to our problems and then promptly forget about them.

Etymology: empathy + pathetic

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Created by: ErWenn

Pronunciation: /ˈlɪm.pəˌθi/

Sentence: Customer service representatives are often judged on their limpathy skills as opposed to their ability to actually fix problems.

Etymology: From limp + empathy


Good word!!! You got my vote today. - Stevenson0, 2007-02-27: 17:56:00

Thanks. Though it looks like Discoveria's "scampathy" outdid me at the same kind of game. - ErWenn, 2007-02-28: 01:19:00

I'll admit I was sitting thinking of words ending in -mp, and discarded limpathy in the process. - Discoveria, 2007-02-28: 13:39:00


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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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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: Ahmad

Pronunciation: help-o-lo-gize

Sentence: Saba helpologize when i asked her to help me out in my assignment as she got to do something.

Etymology: help + apologize

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Created by: abrakadeborah

Pronunciation: Aw-too-bad-no

Sentence: "Aww...I'm so sorry and I feel your pain Paula Pokealong, but dear I will not help you again with your work and it's an awtoobadno situation for you that you must handle it this time on your own."

Etymology: Aw;—used to express mild disappointment, gentle entreaty, or real or mock sympathy or sentiment. Too; to an excessive degree : excessively : to such a degree as to be regrettable. Bad; failing to reach an acceptable standard. NO!; not so —used to express negation, dissent, denial, or refusal.

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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: purpleartichokes

Pronunciation: diss-membur

Sentence: When Sue came back from vacation, she found that Wendy had dissmembered to stop the production of Christmas cookies. Now she had to find a way to turn Santa Clauses into Leprechauns.

Etymology: diss (disrespect), disremember (to forget)


word isn't bad, sentence is brilliant! - galwaywegian, 2007-02-27: 06:05:00

petaj I have a clear image of someone chopping the arms and legs off gingerbread men. - petaj, 2007-02-27: 17:38:00


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