Verboticism: Mockupation

'Do you think I should stick to the plan?'

DEFINITION: v. To stick to your plan even though you've realized it's dumb. n. A stupid plan, especially if it's a career plan suggested by parents, teachers or guidance counselors who want you to be something that you're not.

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Dogmanagement

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: dôgmanijmənt

Sentence: Most people learn from their mistakes. Not so for John’s boss. Her style of dogmanagement is to stick to her plan no matter what. She also believes in sharing. When things go south, she will throw anybody and everybody under the bus.

Etymology: dogmatic (inclined to lay down principles as incontrovertibly true) + management (the process of dealing with or controlling things or people)

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Nosegrindoffism

green

Created by: green

Pronunciation: nose-grind-off-ism

Sentence: For ten grueling years, Matt slogged at his accounting job, dragging himself into work each day, only to be berated by his boss for his inability to add two plus two. But Matt persevered, believing what his parent's taught him: nosegrindoffism will pay off eventually.

Etymology: bleeding nose, grindstone

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Shambition

karenanne

Created by: karenanne

Pronunciation: sham BISH un

Sentence: Miss Anthrope's snobby parents always had an ambition for her to be a doctor, because she is smart and really likes math and science. It's more of a shambition, however, since she can't stand blood or vomit. Oh yeah, and she doesn't really like people. But she DOES like the "finer things in life," so now their dream is for her to MARRY a doctor. p.s. And it will be THEIR fault if she doesn't marry a doctor, because they haven't fully exploited their country club connections. (See Tuesday.)

Etymology: sham + ambition

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COMMENTS:

Shambitious word! - Nosila, 2010-06-30: 09:13:00

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Vocaterror

Created by: TJayzz

Pronunciation: Vo-kay-ta-rer

Sentence: From a young age, Jane had always dreamed of becoming a ballet dancer. And now that she was 18 she was determined to get into ballet school, though all of her friends told her that, at 20 stone she would not be accepted. Even her own mum pointed out that she was being a vocaterror, but still she wouldn't listen.

Etymology: Vocation (a strong pull towards a path in life) + error (mistake) = vocaterror

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Careerdumb

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: kəri(ə)rdəm

Sentence: Cindy finished college and entered the world of careerdumb, taking a job that she doesn't like and isn't in her her field of study. To make matters worse her new coworkers resent that her dad pulled the strings that put her in a position she is barely qualified for. Managing a store that sells plush animals will do nothing to further her career as a veterinarian.

Etymology: career (an occupation undertaken for a significant period of a person's life) + dom (suffix forming nouns: denoting a state or condition) + dumb (stupid)

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Knockupation

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: nok u pay shun

Sentence: Contrary to what her family and guidance counsellors decided, Rosa kept her nose to the grindstone to avoid her planned knockupation as a Nobel-prize-winning writer. Yes, instead she was going to hone her skills and become a sharp-nosed reporter for the Daily PlanIt.

Etymology: Knock (find fault with;point out flaws;express criticism of) & Occupation (career; way of earning income)

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COMMENTS:

mrskellyscl I guess work isn't what it's knocked up to be. - mrskellyscl, 2009-06-08: 10:30:00

mrskellyscl I guess work isn't what it's knocked up to be. - mrskellyscl, 2009-06-08: 15:49:00

Sounds like a relative of the school of hard knocks. Good word! - Mustang, 2009-06-08: 21:38:00

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Mockupation

DrWebsterIII

Created by: DrWebsterIII

Pronunciation: ma:k -u - peshien

Sentence: Celine's current mockupation as well as her pride and ego stood in the way of her true professional calling, similar to what verbotomy does to me on occasion

Etymology: Mock (travesty) + occupation ( the principal professional activity in one's life)

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COMMENTS:

hyperborean Great word! I struggled with this one! - hyperborean, 2009-06-08: 21:52:00

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Sturnudgeon

Created by: moonhugged

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Schemaniatic

Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: sceem/may/neea/tik

Sentence: Being diagnosed with a chronic case of vertigo would have been enough to quash the hopes of most tightrope walkers but Tipsy was such a schemaniatic that she was determined to succeed.

Etymology: scheme (plan) + mania (obsession) + schematic + tic (behavioral quirk)

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Planglomania

Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: plan/glow/mane/eea

Sentence: Jane's planglomania invloves recreating an English village in Northern Ireland.

Etymology: plan + anglomania ( craze for English institutions and customs)

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