Verboticism: Importmanteau

Importmanteau

Created by: rephil

Definition: n. A prop (e.g. papers, files or any non-functional equipment) used to create the illusion of busyness. v. To use office supplies to create the illusion that you are working.

Pronunciation: im-PORT-man-toh

Sentence: Gerry's importmanteau always impressed visitors, but the maintenance man's keys signified he held more true power in the building.

Etymology: import -- rank, necessity, gravity; portmanteau -- a suitcase

Points: 392

Comments: Importmanteau

Jabberwocky - 2007-06-13: 14:48:00
this is a great word!!

rephil - 2007-06-13: 14:50:00
Thanks -- I know I've had a few in my time!

rephil - 2007-06-13: 14:51:00
Erm -- importmanteaux, not great words!

Jabberwocky - 2007-06-13: 15:17:00
actually your words are terrific - there have just been so many good words to choose from lately - I especially like euphonia