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DEFINITION: v. To unintentionally encourage bad behavior by responding to it in a manner that incites even worse behavior. n. A response designed to stop bad behavior, which paradoxically produces more of it.

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Motifate

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: moe tiff ate

Sentence: Carla was determined to make her twin, Carl, pass his driver's license. While he depended on her for transport, she would never have freedom. With his own license, she would no longer have him accompanying her everywhere. She tried to motifate him and inspire him by coaching him: "Turn left, Carl; Watch that car ahead of you, Carl; turn on your signal light, Carl and slow down, Carl". When Carl heard her suggestions, it made him rebel and say things out loud to annoy her, like: "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Car, How I wish I was a Star". Yes, unfortunately Carla's words intended to motifate Carl, made him go from Bad to Verse...

Etymology: motivate (incite, inspire,educate) & motif (a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in a literary or artistic work) & fate (an event (or a course of events) that will inevitably happen in the future;your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you.

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Exacerbloop

Created by: OZZIEBOB

Pronunciation: Eks-asz-SUR-bloop

Sentence: When Bob tried to smooth things over with a few words of "wisdom", he quickly found out that many an embarassing moment wouldn't be so embarassing if it only lasted a moment. The daftermath of his exacerblooper and exacerblooping, lead to a hellishing harangue from Roxie that lasted an hour.

Etymology: Blend of EXACERBate & BLOOP/er: an embarassing, silly, verbal error, usually during a serious moment.

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COMMENTS:

great sentence - Jabberwocky, 2008-05-20: 15:32:00

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Dissuascalation

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Created by: petaj

Pronunciation: dis-sway-sca-lay-shun

Sentence: Bobby, just ignore your brother. You know that when you tell him not to swear he just tells you to f&*$ #$%&&% )!!@^&$$. I know you mean well, but it's just a dissuascalation.

Etymology: dissuasion (discouragement) + escalation (increase, especially in the case of military escalation where every action is responded to with greater force)

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Sincourage

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: sin koor aj

Sentence: When Stan got behind the wheel, he took driving very personally and reacted badly to all bad situations. His wife, Rosa, would inadvertantly sincourage his actions by stoking his fuels of outrage.

Etymology: Sin (commit a fault) & Encourage (promote;support)

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Motivile

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Created by: mrskellyscl

Pronunciation: mo-ti-vile

Sentence: On their last date, Lea learned why "motivile" rhymes with "juvenile." When she mentioned his bad driving habits he acted like he was fifteen years old, shouting out loud and being contrary by driving like a maniac.

Etymology: motivate:to provide an incentive for behavior + vile: loathsome, disgusting, contemptible

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Miscourage

Created by: jrogan

Pronunciation: mis-cur-rage

Sentence: Every time Sally miscouraged her boyfriend go slower, he went faster. It didn't matter whether they were on the highway, or in the bedroom.

Etymology: miss + courage as opposed to discourage

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Reitirate

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: re-IT-eye-rayt

Sentence: While she was well intentioned Muriel would invariably overdo her prodding to get Stan to do things her way and in the end would almost always reitirate, harping on a topic until Stan would just blow his cork.

Etymology: Blend of reiterate and irate.

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Pissoftomy

Created by: stefaniaus

Pronunciation: Pis soft omy

Sentence: It was clearly a case of pissoftomy with no means of redemption

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Goaddigrrr

Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: gode/di/dur

Sentence: Sally's attempts at being a gold digger by encouraging her boyfriend to spend more money on her by telling him he reminded her of her favourite rock star backfired when she inadvertently became a goaddiggrr encouraging him instead to trash their apartment.

Etymology: goad + gold digger + grrr

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Reverbirate

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: re - VERB - ihr - ate

Sentence: It seemed that whenever Consuelo would try to motivate her husband, Javier, to behave more civilly, her words would only reverbirate in some dark corner of his psyche and have the opposite effect with him responding in even more outrageous manner.

Etymology: blend of reverberate and irate

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Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2008-05-20: 00:00:01
Today's definition is inspired by Amy Sutherland's observation that if we are going to use "progressive animal training techniques" on humans, that we simply need to reward behavior we want and ignore behavior we don't. Of course this is easier said than done, and requires a great deal of self-awareness and self-discipline. In fact, Amy calls it the "Zen of Animal Training". See: "What Shamu Taught me About Life, Love and Marriage". Thanks Amy! ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2009-06-30: 00:00:01
Today's definition is inspired by Amy Sutherland's observation that if we are going to use "progressive animal training techniques" on humans, that we simply need to reward behavior we want and ignore behavior we don't. Of course this is easier said than done, and requires a great deal of self-awareness and self-discipline. In fact, Amy calls it the "Zen of Animal Training". See: "What Shamu Taught me About Life, Love and Marriage". Thanks Amy! ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2010-07-20: 00:00:00
Today's definition was suggested by amysutherland. Thank you amysutherland. ~ James

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