Verboticism: Dorothy

Dorothy

Created by: OZZIEBOB

Definition: v., To show appreciation for a gift, even if it is something that you do not really need or want, by feigning joy. n., A faked display of gratitude.

Pronunciation: DAWR-uh-thee

Sentence: Despite hours of shoe misery and stressed-out shopping to buy a contraption - which looked like space junk - but was supposed to help improve Bob’s putting, Roxie’s best intentions ended up little more than a dorothy, with Bob's staged smile and a few moments of crafted giftrionics.

Etymology: DOROTHY: (fem. proper name, from Fr. Dorothée, from L. Dorothea, from Gk., lit. "gift of God," from doron "gift" + fem. of theos "god.") An irony of expression and intention: when a speaker says one thing but means the opposite. An example of this is sarcasm, but it can also be feigned appreciation or gratitude, Perhaps, the word "antagonym" also covers this situation. DOROTHIZE: v intr. to make out to the giver that the gift they're giving you is a " gift of god." GIFTRIONICS: blend of gift & histrionics: A deliberate display of emotion for effect, feigned emotion

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Comments: Dorothy

silveryaspen - 2008-12-23: 10:19:00
Excellent eponym.