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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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Parajoya

Created by: lumina

Pronunciation: pair/a/joy/a

Sentence: Bill always found himself filled with parajoya each time the owner of the company would visit. While he knew this meant shuffling papers near his opened file drawer, as well as his Oscar worthy pretend phone converstations which always made him sweat, he also knew that once the owner made his rounds, it was smooth sailing...until next month.

Etymology: Paranoia: a disorder in which a person becomes overly suspicious and emotionally sensitive. Joy: the emotion of great happiness .

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COMMENTS:

Nice ring to it... - Nosila, 2008-08-04: 17:52:00

Thanks nose. :) - lumina, 2008-08-05: 00:59:00

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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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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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Dawdleangst

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: DAH - dl - angst

Sentence: Having frittered away much of the afternoon on the assumption that his boss was away for the day, Bernard suffered a sudden and severe attack of dawdleangst when his boss walked by and saw the mounds of unfinished paperwork on the desk.

Etymology: Blend of 'dawdle' (to waste time; idle; trifle; loiter) and 'angst' (a feeling of dread, anxiety, or anguish)

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COMMENTS:

metrohumanx DAWDLEANGST is best cured by a "donut run"... - metrohumanx, 2008-08-04: 06:44:00

Better still, a coffee! - Wordotwist, 2008-08-05: 10:51:00

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Exhaletothechief

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: eks hayl too the cheef

Sentence: Miriam worked for the President of their firm. Technically called an Executive Adminstrator, she soon learned that the title actually meant slave and dog's body to Mr. Stinkin' Lincoln. He did his MBA tour each day (Management By Annoyance) and harassed her and the other staff to work harder and faster. The irony was that he did not even know what Miriam did for him in a day. After his morning passover, she would exhaletothechief and get on with her real work. If only Mr. Lincoln knew how much energy and productivity was utilized by his staff in avoiding him and his daily tours and that they could get more done when he was not around.

Etymology: Exhale (heave or utter a sigh; breathe deeply and heavily) & The Chief (The Boss,a person who exercises control over workers) & play on "Hail to the Chief"(which is a march primarily associated with the President of the United States. Its playing accompanies the appearance of the President at many public appearances.)

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artr Very good! I especially enjoyed MBA. - artr, 2010-01-05: 04:30:00

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Ansighety

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Created by: mrskellyscl

Pronunciation: an-sigh-e-ty

Sentence: Tish worked in a perpetual state of ansighety. Her boss would periodically come storming around the room trying to make sure his people were working hard, but she was trying to get through the day hardly working. The minute he went back into his office she exhaled, pulled her Blackberry out of her pocket and resumed twittering.

Etymology: anxiety: state of uneasiness and apprehension + sigh: audible sound of relief

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Underachiefment

petaj

Created by: petaj

Pronunciation: underachievement - just replace the v with a f

Sentence: Memo To: All Staff From: The chief On Thursday at 9.00am all staff whose in-tray is more than 20cm high, are required to attend a training course. "7 skills to put underachiefment behind you". Eligible staff who do not attend will be fired. This is your last chance. Have a nice day.

Etymology: under + a + chief + moment & underachievement

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COMMENTS:

i was wondering what under a chief meant! - galwaywegian, 2007-06-11: 05:49:00

Good word! - Clayton, 2007-06-11: 17:27:00

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Respiteful

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: re spyte full

Sentence: Lolly had a momentary feeling of being respiteful when her boss stormed past her desk, piled high with incomplete work. He ranted but did not look at her direction. This relief did not last long, as the boss had not had his glasses on. Once he donned them, he noticed Lolly's desk and bolted straight for it. Luckily, she had snuck off for her lunch break just in time. And also luckily, he had a very short attention span.

Etymology: Respite (the act of reprieving; postponing or remitting punishment;a (temporary) relief from harm or discomfort) & Spiteful (the quality of threatening evil)

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Dreadnuffmest

Created by: Alicia

Pronunciation: dred/ nuff/ mest

Sentence: as bill sat at his desk with all the unfinished paper work crowding around him, he started to feel dreadnuffmest because he knew at any time his boss would arive back.

Etymology: from the word dread: nuff as in he knows that his boss will of had enough (e"nuff") of him.... and mest as in his life messed (mest) up.

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Didntdoitism

Created by: texmom

Pronunciation: did ent do it ism

Sentence: Because of his didntdoitism he hid in the bathroom most of the day.

Etymology: Didn't+do+it+ism

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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