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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: toralora

Pronunciation: sim/pah/faik

Sentence: I though he was supportive but as it turned out it was all one big sympafake.

Etymology: sympathize + fake/false

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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: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: simmm pat eye gow

Sentence: He was tres sympatigo, nodding sympathetically while reversing out the door

Etymology: sympatico, I go

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Created by: catgrin

Pronunciation: dis-en-hahr-kuhn

Sentence: John's disenharkening behavior left Carol feeling as though her confidant was useless.

Etymology: Take off on "dis" + "enhearten" meaning "to give heart" and "dis harken" meaning "forgetting to hear"

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Created by: paintergrl1313


Sentence: I must use my pretendhelp abilties to get rid of my co-worker.

Etymology: pretend-to-help

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Created by: mja188

Pronunciation: sym-pa-th-e-z-a

Sentence: It didn't matter how horrible the story Jim always seemed to suffer from sympathesia

Etymology: Sympathy and amensia

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Created by: bettyann9

Pronunciation: em-path-eezha

Sentence: She was so skilled at the art of empathesia that her friends never suspected she was transforming herself into a lawnmower even as she listened intently to their inane stories.

Etymology: Empathy+amnesia

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: kuhm-pa-shuh-not

Sentence: When Denise came to Carl for help his face was completely sympathetic, his actions were compassionot.

Etymology: compassionate (having tender feelings) + not (used to express negation, denial, refusal, or prohibition)

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Created by: adbern

Pronunciation: ege-spunge

Sentence: However he always listen very carefully when you ask him something, he never do it. He's a egosponge.

Etymology: ego from egoist + sponge from his memory is like a sponge

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Created by: karenanne

Pronunciation: sham\\\' pa thize

Sentence: Julie\\\'s partner said he was very overwhelmed with their joint project, and it was Julie\\\'s turn to call clients. Julie completely shampathized, then she went back to shopping online.

Etymology: Sham + sympathize


karenanne Etymology: Sham + sympathize - karenanne, 2009-09-18: 15:09:00

Good word! And I am not just being shampathetic... - jrogan, 2009-09-18: 15:55:00


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Created by: splangdon





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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: Nosila

Pronunciation: lak nol lej

Sentence: Although Henry would acknowledge Rita's requests for help, he was so lazy and forgetful that there was a big lacknowledge in assisting her.

Etymology: Lack (be without) & Acknowledge (accept to be what is claimed or accept power and authority)

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Created by: rickki

Pronunciation: path-et-in-ans

Sentence: Tony showed pathetinance towards Sonia, as she asked for help yesterday.


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Created by: erasmus

Pronunciation: av oi quest

Sentence: Frank was the most renown for avoiquesting in the office. Ask him anything and you can bet tomorrow he wont remember any of it.

Etymology: from avoid and request.

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Created by: w5lf9s


Sentence: When she reminded him the third time to print out that report for her, she began to wonder whether he might be suffering from that particular form of Alzhumour's she had read about.

Etymology: Alzheimer's disease (the first symtoms of which are forgetfulness) + to humour someone


petaj Maybe he just considered she was a lazy cow who knew perfectly well how to hit the print button. - petaj, 2007-02-27: 17:42:00


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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: kəmpashənät

Sentence: Always the compassionot character, Bruce was wonderful at listening to the grousing and requests for assistance from his co-workers. He disrecared about each and every one of them. They could always count on him even if it meant working overnaught.

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


love it! - galwaywegian, 2009-09-18: 07:49:00


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Created by: urbanwookie

Pronunciation: foh-get-fool-ness

Sentence: When challenged by his boss, James blamed his inaction on his chronic fauxgetfullness.

Etymology: faux + forgetfullness (contraction)

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Created by: Bulletchewer

Pronunciation: breef-frend

Sentence: At first her brieffriending made Scarlet seem caring, but ultimately her co-workers knew she was dabbling with bullshit.

Etymology: From "befriend","friend","brief" and "end".

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Created by: quippingqueen

Pronunciation: empa/thot/amy

Sentence: His unique skill in performing an empathotomy was known not only by his colleagues but also by his superiors.

Etymology: empathize + lobotomy

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Created by: mweinmann

Pronunciation: yous - fayl

Sentence: Lorne proved to be usefail most of the time. Louise thought he cared, thought he understood her problem and then thought he wanted to help but for some reason, he never was able to.

Etymology: useful, fail

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Created by: ekath

Pronunciation: com-pass-iv-ness

Sentence: Her attitude and attention, which seemingly sincere, should not be misleading. Its all scheming compassiveness.

Etymology: from compassionate + passive

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Created by: Osomatic

Pronunciation: fo - fer

Sentence: I said I'd help him move his couch, but it was totally a fauxffer.

Etymology: Well, "faux" means "false." So.

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Created by: petaj

Pronunciation: HELP-ME-not

Sentence: Bobby's helpmenot traits vexed his dwindling circle of friends.

Etymology: help me (assist me) + not

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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: 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: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: help fool ness

Sentence: Deep down she new that Jon's particular brand of helpfoolness was not going to save the situation.

Etymology: helpful, fool

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Created by: mrskellyscl

Pronunciation: sim-pa-lize

Sentence: Ied can always be counted on to sympalies with you when you're having trouble. He says he'll be happy to help you, but whenever you need him, he's nowhere to be found. Later he has one excuse after another for why he couldn't help.

Etymology: sympathize: to feel compassion for another's trouble + lies: a false statement told to pass for truth


nice - galwaywegian, 2009-09-18: 07:49:00


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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: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: konn mahnn fid awnt

Sentence: He was a complete comnamfidant. They all ran to him with their deepest secret fears, mistaking his wide eyed look as one of surprise when in fact he had thyroid issues and ulterior motives.

Etymology: confidant, con man

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Created by: euclid

Pronunciation: being-a-manager

Sentence: Jason just totally exhibited empathy and love for Tina, but he was just beingamanager.

Etymology: ...

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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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Created by: allwise

Pronunciation: ass-ig-nore

Sentence: As he assignored Paula's plea of help, he was racking up a new record on Tetris!

Etymology: assist + ignore

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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: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: flip/sur/vus

Sentence: His flipservice was so convincing, he never did any actual work

Etymology: flip (about face) + lip service (hypocracy)


Can also be tied to flippant, which is quite appropriate. - purpleartichokes, 2007-02-27: 10:01:00

Excellent point purple - Jabberwocky, 2007-02-27: 13:30:00


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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: 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: porsche

Pronunciation: I/pod/nod

Sentence: He was a master of the ipodnod. He looked intensely interested but he was really listening to his favorite tunes

Etymology: ipod + nod


Is this a confession? - wordmeister, 2007-02-27: 19:31:00


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Created by: Discoveria

Pronunciation: Skam-path-ee

Sentence: Instead of helping Jill go up the hill to fetch a pail of water, Jack stayed at home out of sheer laziness. He was a master of the art of scampathy.

Etymology: Scam + scamp + empathy. Scam: a con; something designed to fool you. Scamp: a rascal. Empathy: to put yourself in another person's shoes, to see their point of view.


like that one! - w5lf9s, 2007-02-27: 12:12:00

A very good word. Without knowing the definition, you'd be able to figure out its meaning. - purpleartichokes, 2007-02-27: 12:22:00

It's scamptastic! - Alchemist, 2007-02-27: 12:47:00

good one - Jabberwocky, 2007-02-27: 13:31:00

Nice one Discoveria! And I am not just being scampathetic. - wordmeister, 2007-02-27: 19:30:00


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Created by: Koekbroer

Pronunciation: un-teem-fil

Sentence: "Wow, Doug didn't even bother following up on his promise to help me out. He is so unteamful!"

Etymology: team

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Created by: aj3131

Pronunciation: Vag-less

Sentence: Every dude can be vagless.

Etymology: well you guys know what is meant.

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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: Mustang

Pronunciation: kuhm-PAH-shuhn

Sentence: Once again Rick responded with typical compasshun to Sharon's request for assistance with her looming deadline, seeming to be caring and sympathetic yet never finding the time to actually come to her aid.

Etymology: Blend of 'compassion' ( a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering) and 'shun' (to keep away from (a place, person, object, etc.), from motives of dislike, caution, etc.; take pains to avoid)

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Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-02-27: 00:01:41
Today's definition was suggested by erasmus.
Thank you erasmus! ~ James

erasmus erasmus - 2007-02-27: 11:23:00
Thanks James! shame I cant think of a word this time though, boo!

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2009-09-19: 09:07:00
Today's definition was suggested by erasmus. Thank you erasmus. ~ James