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'I think this is a game of hide and seek.'

DEFINITION: n. A momentary feeling of relief mixed with lingering dread, which occurs when your boss marches past the piles of unfinished work on your desk. v. To sigh with relief after your boss marches past your desk

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Dodgework

Created by: remistram

Pronunciation: dawdge-work

Sentence: Cybil had lots of dodgework last week ever since the new guy Chip came to the team. He was so dreamy.

Etymology: dodge + work

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Hypermyspactivity

Created by: administraitor

Pronunciation: hai-per-mai-spac-ti-vi-ti

Sentence: Realizing that he'd spent an entire morning on the Internet, George experienced a flood of hypermyspactivity when he noticed his boss contemplating his remaining workload

Etymology: hyperactivity + "My Space"

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Slackenfreude

Created by: mweinfeld

Pronunciation: slack - en - frud

Sentence: Tom felt a perverse sense of slackenfreude at having missed his deadline yet again.

Etymology: slacken- to be lazy; and freude- joy

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Repentafacebookaphobia

Created by: couv78

Pronunciation: Repent-ah-facebook-ah-phobia

Sentence: Evrytime Mr. H comes by my desk its a mad dash to shut down my internet explorer. I think I have repentafacebookaphobia...but it passes.

Etymology:

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Loproductingle

metrohumanx

Created by: metrohumanx

Pronunciation: lo-PROD-uct-EEN-gull

Sentence: Sensing an evil presence nearby, Casper threw a spreadsheet over his Minesweeper game just in time to see the Library Director sweep past like the grim fog from a defiled graveyard. Slowly, a LOPRODUCTINGLE spread over him as every cell in his database quivered like a child caught in a lie. "I hope you're working on those usage reports." Pat said with a pseudofriendly voice that belied the hateful look in her cold grey administrative eye. "OH YEAH !" He stammered, only to regret his lack of a more creative reply. Casper's eyes never wandered from the monitor until she floated wraith-like into her office. Relieved that the moment had passed, he began to relax, but the LOPRODUCTINGLE returned like the rising tide of fear he felt in his coffee-filled bladder. An out-of-body sensation stupefied his mind as he catalogued all the woes this encounter could bring to his pleasantly mundane life. He minimized the screen which mocked his defiance and resumed play in the minefield of academic employment...

Etymology: LOw+PRODUCTivity+tINGLE=LOPRODUCTINGLE low: relatively small BS output.... productivity: a measure of useful work....tingle: to feel a ringing, stinging, prickling, or thrilling sensation

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metrohumanx The above incident is a product of fiction and bears no resemblance to any persons, living or undead. - metrohumanx, 2008-08-04: 06:33:00

metrohumanx http://www.ifla.org/I/humour/humour.htm - metrohumanx, 2008-08-04: 06:34:00

metrohumanx Live it or live WITH it! - metrohumanx, 2008-08-04: 06:35:00

metrohumanx WOW! Verbotomists get up pretty early ! - metrohumanx, 2008-08-04: 06:44:00

Loproductingle...I thought it was a stroke (of genius!) - Nosila, 2008-08-04: 17:52:00

Some of us verbotimists go to bed late...depends on your time zone! - Nosila, 2008-08-04: 23:39:00

Sounds like a jingle! - Wordotwist, 2008-08-05: 10:56:00

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Circleshirk

Created by: kendriveset

Pronunciation: cir-cle-sherk

Sentence: Debbie liked to circleshirk whenever her supervisor, Bob, tried to micro-manage. Sometimes it even made the boring day at work kind of exciting, yet fearful.

Etymology: circle + shirk: to hide amidst the piles of work to avoid work/the boss.

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COMMENTS:

cute - Nosila, 2010-01-05: 18:47:00

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Allayoffment

Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: a/lay/off/ment

Sentence: A wave of allayoffment passed over him as he narrowly escaped being asked to produce last week's revenue figures.

Etymology: allayment (relief) + lay off (as in being fired)

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Squirmpile

Created by: OZZIEBOB

Pronunciation: SKWURM-pahyl

Sentence: As files began to stack higher and higher in Bob's in-tray, fellow workers realized that it was a clever ploy to avoid the boss's glare and hide his own squirmpile.

Etymology: SQUIRM: to feel or display discomfort or distress, as from reproof, embarrassment, pain, etc & PILE: an assemblage of things laid or lying one upon the other: a pile of papers.

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COMMENTS:

metrohumanx SQUIRMPILE...disturbingly vivid image. - metrohumanx, 2008-08-04: 06:40:00

Is that also what you get from cold office chairs and too many donut runs? - pungineer, 2008-08-04: 09:18:00

Good word...I think most people have squirmpiles at work! - Nosila, 2008-08-04: 17:48:00

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Relagony

Created by: Wordotwist

Pronunciation: Rel agony

Sentence: Unemployed for the last three months,Mariam was left in a state of relagony when the power company accepted her application for a job - but told her that the appointment letter would be issued in a month or two.

Etymology: A combination of the words relief ,lagging and agony.In the sense of relief followed by lingering agony

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Disamiss

Created by: ziggy41

Pronunciation: Dis-ah-mis

Sentence: I couldn't help but feel disamiss when my boss flew past my stack of unfinished applications with his head in a cheeseburger.

Etymology: Dismiss (to be fired from ones job) + amiss (faulty or wrong; as in not doing ones paperwork)

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Comments:

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-06-11: 01:33:00
Today's definition was suggested by cohenarie. It is also inspired by Timothy Johnson's book "GUST" where he advises that the first thing you have to realize about office politics is that it's a game. Thank you Cohenarie and Timothy! ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2010-01-05: 00:07:00
Today's definition was suggested by cohenarie. Thank you cohenarie. ~ James