Verboticism: Modifail

'Honey, you just ran a red light!'

DEFINITION: v. To unintentionally encourage bad behavior by responding to it in a manner that incites even worse behavior. n. A response designed to stop bad behavior, which paradoxically produces more of it.

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Motifate

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: moe tiff ate

Sentence: Carla was determined to make her twin, Carl, pass his driver's license. While he depended on her for transport, she would never have freedom. With his own license, she would no longer have him accompanying her everywhere. She tried to motifate him and inspire him by coaching him: "Turn left, Carl; Watch that car ahead of you, Carl; turn on your signal light, Carl and slow down, Carl". When Carl heard her suggestions, it made him rebel and say things out loud to annoy her, like: "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Car, How I wish I was a Star". Yes, unfortunately Carla's words intended to motifate Carl, made him go from Bad to Verse...

Etymology: motivate (incite, inspire,educate) & motif (a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in a literary or artistic work) & fate (an event (or a course of events) that will inevitably happen in the future;your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you.

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Fortidefy

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: fôrtədifī

Sentence: Joanne knows all about the concept of reverse psychology. It is easy for her to get her children and husband to do what she wants by getting them to fortidefy her nagging.

Etymology: fortify (strengthen or invigorate) + defy (openly resist or refuse to obey)

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Motivile

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Created by: mrskellyscl

Pronunciation: mo-ti-vile

Sentence: On their last date, Lea learned why "motivile" rhymes with "juvenile." When she mentioned his bad driving habits he acted like he was fifteen years old, shouting out loud and being contrary by driving like a maniac.

Etymology: motivate:to provide an incentive for behavior + vile: loathsome, disgusting, contemptible

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Dissuascalation

petaj

Created by: petaj

Pronunciation: dis-sway-sca-lay-shun

Sentence: Bobby, just ignore your brother. You know that when you tell him not to swear he just tells you to f&*$ #$%&&% )!!@^&$$. I know you mean well, but it's just a dissuascalation.

Etymology: dissuasion (discouragement) + escalation (increase, especially in the case of military escalation where every action is responded to with greater force)

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Misscipline

Created by: bookowl

Pronunciation: miss/i/plin

Sentence: Missipline is the result of misplaced discipline.

Etymology: discipline + miss

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Modifail

Created by: Stevenson0

Pronunciation: mod/i/fail

Sentence: As a teacher, I sometimes modifail when a student over reacts in a negative way to an attempted behaviour modifcation causing even further trouble in class.

Etymology: modify + fail

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Disbehave

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: disbihāv

Sentence: When Barny thinks he is being nagged, he is sure to disbehave.

Etymology: dis (act or speak in a disrespectful way) + behave (fail to conduct oneself in a way that is acceptable to others; behave badly)

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Nagression

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: nag resh shun

Sentence: Rhoda Rage always lectured her spouse,Red, about the importance of defensive driving. She also pointed out potential hazards to him along the route...like a person crossing the road, a mile ahead. Or a red light, three blocks away. Although she could not drive herself, she was an expert on what he should be doing. But all her cautions became a form of nagression and irritated the heck out of Red. Her constant comments made him nervous and edgy. He took his frustration out on other motorists. They eventually split up, because he wanted to take another Rhoda and she did not want to see Red anymore.

Etymology: Nag (remind or urge constantly; bother persistently with trivial complaints;worry persistently) & Aggression (violent action that is hostile and usually unprovoked;deliberately unfriendly behavior; the act of initiating hostilities;a disposition to behave aggressively;a feeling of hostility that arouses thoughts of attack)

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Exacerbait

Created by: theCountess

Pronunciation: ex ass er bate

Sentence: Jill would constantly exacerbait Jack to complete exasperation; I think that's why he's now her ex.

Etymology: Exacerbate & Bait

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COMMENTS:

Good one - Nosila, 2010-07-21: 00:15:00

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Moregramming

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: mor gram ming

Sentence: Wanda whined, "You are such a loser, I don't know what I saw in you! Loser, loser!" To which Ralphie replied, "You keep calling me that, but I'm not a loser! You keep moregramming me with that title." After which he stormed out of the house, went to the store and bought himself the Powerball Lottery ticket which became the single winner of $280 million, U.S.!

Etymology: More (comparative of much; to a greater degree or extent) & Programming (a learning process in which an organism's behavior becomes dependent on the occurrence of a stimulus in its environment)

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