Verboticism: Expirouette


Created by: Jabberwocky

Definition: v. To expire, pass away or kick the bucket while at the office; often occurs when someone is overworked, underpaid, and desperately trying to hang on for a full pension. n. A person who has been suddenly, and permanently, terminated while a work.

Pronunciation: ex/peer/oo/et

Sentence: The aging ballerina was determined to dance until her dying day and thus it was very appropriate that her swan song came as an expirouette while teaching a group of young dancers how to spin.

Etymology: expire + pirouette

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Comments: Expirouette

galwaywegian - 2009-03-30: 07:08:00
does that make her an expirimaballerina? good concept

silveryaspen - 2009-03-30: 11:17:00
My! My! How incredibly well you turn a phrase! Amazing how you can take an appalling situation and create such an appealing word! Maybe because it was such a graceful exit. Outstanding!

silveryaspen - 2009-03-30: 19:08:00
Expirouette played around in my mind all day ... along with the line of that great 60's song "To everything there is a season, Turn. Turn. Turn"

readerwriter - 2009-03-30: 19:12:00
(From Eclesiastes...) With a time to dance and a time to die, Silvery!

silveryaspen - 2009-03-30: 19:17:00
Yes, readerwriter the song is based on that Biblical verse!

Nosila - 2009-03-30: 22:10:00
TuTu much, JW! And if she fell on the stage she'd be a ballet slipper!

Nosila - 2009-03-30: 22:20:00
This must be where the term "corpse de ballet" originated!