Verboticism: Telephant

'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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Obnoxyeller

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: əbnäkyelər

Sentence: Brittney is such an obnoxyeller that nobody wants to be placed near her cubicle. Her shrieking has been known to effect calls by other salespersons. Strangely, her customers find her ranting more entertaining than offending. They also tend to be fans of the Soup Nazi from Sienfeld.

Etymology: obnoxious (extremely unpleasant) + yeller (a person who is loud/shouts)

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Viletone

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: vial tone

Sentence: Helen worked at the Help Desk of her company's IT Dept. Hah, Helen thought,Help Desk was an oxymoron of a name for it. She went out of her way to ensure that Help Desk was an ironic choice of name. Whenever those moronic employees would call about their petty issues, she'd snidely say things like: "Is your computer plugged in? Did you turn it on yet? How can you be so stupid as to not know the terminology? Call us back when you get a clue!" She was always cutting people off, swearing at them and taking out her bad moods by being a viletone with the callers. Her co-workers cringed when she answered the phone and they felt pity for the poor slob on the other end of the line. That was until one day when she picked the wrong client to offend. After viletoning him for ten minutes, Helen was left speechless to find that she had bad-mouthed her boss. Bill Gates told her that she would never have to worry about hating her job again...

Etymology: vile (thoroughly unpleasant, morally reprehensible,nasty, offensive,despicable) & tone (the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people,the elastic tension of living muscles, arteries, etc. that facilitate response to stimuli) & dial tone (sound given by telephone exchange to show line is clear to make a call)

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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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Telefag

Created by: anoesis23

Pronunciation: TE-le-fag

Sentence: She kept on talking over me during the call! What a telefag! So I picked up the phone and was subject to thirty minutes of telefagging from my mother in law.

Etymology: Tele (from telephone) + fag (colloqial use an extremely annoying, inconsiderate person) May be considered offensive. In fact, offense encouraged.

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Answeraging

Created by: abrakadeborah

Pronunciation: an-sir-rage-ing

Sentence: Helen had a bad habit of answeraging into the phone with her bad attitude.

Etymology: Answer-reply; reaction. & Raging- violent; mad

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Curtesty

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Created by: mrskellyscl

Pronunciation: ker-testee

Sentence: Sue made a curtesty call to her boyfriend. After ranting for five minutes using all the potty words she knew, she realized that she had accidentaly punched in the wrong speed dial number and had been screaming at her grandmother.

Etymology: (wordplay on courtesy call) curt: rude or abrupt in speech or manner+ testy: irritable, grumpy, petulant

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COMMENTS:

DrWebsterIII LOVE IT I can relate especially the accidental speed dial part - DrWebsterIII, 2009-06-02: 23:27:00

great word. - mweinmann, 2009-06-03: 07:22:00

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Telephuriate

Created by: stache

Pronunciation: těl'ə-fyŏŏr'ē-āt'

Sentence: "Hello?" Clarence answered after the second ring. "WHO IS THIS?" shouted a voice on the other end. Clarence knew by his voice that the caller was Antonin, but he had been tetephuriated and responded, "Just who the blazes is THIS?!?"

Etymology: 'Telephure' the anciend Celt goddess of rude greetings; 'I ate,' response to a late lunch invitation.

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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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Telewitch

DrWebsterIII

Created by: DrWebsterIII

Pronunciation: tel - e - wich

Sentence: I don't know but it seems every time I phone Con Ed to check my bill , I feel I always get the same telewhich. Is is it the same person every time or is that just part of their customer skills training!

Etymology: telephone (invention for transmitting speech over distances) + witch ( O.E. a person esp. a woman having supernatural powers with the devil or eveil spirits)

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COMMENTS:

funny.. - mweinmann, 2009-06-03: 07:23:00

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Phonewitch

Created by: arrrteest

Pronunciation: phōn-wich

Sentence: Becky was an angry employee. She worked late nights at a call center with a hundred other telephone customer service representatives. It was not a job that suited her, for she was a phonewitch extraordinaire. Bitter about life in general, she took it out on the random caller who happened upon her. Sometimes she would answer, "Please hold while I finish filing my nails," or "Sorry, but we've reached our quota on stupid calls." Other times she would mumble unintelligently until the customer would hang up. When she was feeling particularly good, she would instigate arguments until the customer asked for the manager, at which she would put them on hold for a while and then get back on and pretend she was the manager.

Etymology: phone + witch : also, phonebitch

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COMMENTS:

hehehe, I wish I could do that sometimes! - pieceof314, 2008-04-16: 08:54:00

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