Verboticism: Phonediva

'Hello? Hello? Is this customer service?'

DEFINITION: v. To greet a person on the phone in rude or obnoxious manner, and then do your best to ignore, or talk over, whatever they say as the conversation continues. n. A person with atrocious phone manners.

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Yellephone

Created by: mweinmann

Pronunciation: yell - eh - fone

Sentence: At one time or another, Starbucks, Subway, AT&T, Papa John's and the paperboy have all received yellephone calls from Joyce. These calls are usually long and loud as Joyce vents all of her pent up anger and frustration on whatever poor person happens to answer.

Etymology: yell, telephone

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Grembiseech

Created by: diyan627

Pronunciation: grem bi seeech

Sentence: My cell phone company has a whole lovely array of grembiseeches working for them. Works out really well for them and the way they put erroneous charges to my account that can never be resolved or even disputed properly because I can't actually carry on a decent conversation with any of them. Me thinks part of customer service training is a course on the art of being a grembiseech in order to make communicating with them as painful and inefficient as possible.

Etymology: greet + gremlin (adept at subverting or sabotaging mechanical systems) + Bit*% + beseech (to address or request earnestly)

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Telecrone

Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: teh leh krow nnnnnnnnn

Sentence: Shrilla was the scariest telecrone in the complaints department. She had a voice that made chalk screeching down a blackboard sound like a choir of angels. she could swear in fourteen languages and had some strange power of transmitting her gin-based halitosis down the phone lines. Nobody had ever lasted more than 78 seconds with their complaints. She was paid more than the entire R&D section of the company.

Etymology: telephone, crone

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COMMENTS:

great sentence - Jabberwocky, 2008-04-16: 08:24:00

Clever blend. Love the name 'Shrilla'!! - Tigger, 2008-04-16: 22:57:00

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Moodycall

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: moōdēkôl

Sentence: Ron and his girlfriend are not seeing eye to eye just now or any body part to corresponding body part for that matter. When he calls her on the yellphone, the hellphone, a bootycall quickly turns into a moodycall. What makes this even more ridiculous is that neither of them can remember what she is so mad about.

Etymology: moody (given to unpredictable changes of mood) + booty call (a sexual invitation or rendezvous)

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Phonetroll

phonesalad

Created by: phonesalad

Pronunciation: Phone-troll

Sentence: That guy was a real phonetroll.

Etymology: Phone + Troll

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Telemarketeerbasher

petaj

Created by: petaj

Pronunciation: telly-market-ear-basher

Sentence: Tellymarketeerbashing had never been on Lilith's career plans, however her dominearing manner and the fact that she had no qualms about abusing complete strangers on the telephone led to her being head-hunted by the Insultancy firm to answer their calls. http://www.verbotomy.com/verboticisms.php?jid=insult

Etymology: telemarketer + ear bash

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COMMENTS:

love it! - Jabberwocky, 2008-04-16: 15:06:00

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Uncivilservant

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: un siv ill ser vant

Sentence: Rudi was aptly named. She was employed by the Dept. of Political Correctness and Fair Treatment. Unfortunately she had been a transferee from the Taxation Dept. so in fact, she was an uncivilservant. She snarled into telephones, was rude with co-workers and clients and apparently hated her job. The irony was that she had more Employee of the Month and Outstanding Customer Service Awards than anyone else in her department. Can you imagine what the rest of them were like???

Etymology: Uncivil (lacking civility or good manners) & Civil Servant (a public official who is a member of the civil service)

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COMMENTS:

karenanne "Rudi" - ha! - karenanne, 2010-06-24: 13:42:00

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Bellaphonna

Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: bella/fauna

Sentence: The receptionist is such a bellaphonna that only masochists call now.

Etymology: belladonna ( a poisonous plant) + bell (phone company) + phone

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Dominearring

Created by: Tigger

Pronunciation: /dom-in-EER-ring/

Sentence: Nobody ever wanted to call Wanda back, or receive a call from her in the first place, due to her dominearring ways. The last time Jon answered a call from her, he didn't even get to finish a sentence — she would always just cut him off or shout over him. As his phone rang now, he recognized Wanda's number on the caller ID and just sighed and let the call go to voicemail. He knew she couldn't leave a message until his outgoing message played, so at least his recorded voice would get to finish a couple of sentences.

Etymology: Play on the word: Domineering - exercising arbitrary or arrogant control (from Dutch, domineren "to rule") + ear; also "dom" (short for 'dominant'), "in-ear" and "ring".

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COMMENTS:

nice - Jabberwocky, 2008-04-16: 08:25:00

Clever -- like the earring part! - pieceof314, 2008-04-16: 08:55:00

Do they make dominecklaces to go with the dominearrings? Good Word - Nosila, 2008-04-17: 01:06:00

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Opberator

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: äpbirātər

Sentence: Hilda loves her job as an opberator. It gives her a great sense of power that she can disconnect dozens of callers with a simple flip of a switch. She can deride a caller to the point where they will often apologize for bothering her. And that thing about calls being recorded for quality-control purposes? The tapes are played at monthly staff meetings as entertainment.

Etymology: operator (a person who works at a telephone switchboard) + berate (scold or criticize someone angrily)

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