Verboticism: Etiquit

'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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Cellacious

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: sel-ey-shuhs

Sentence: Judy thought it was the biggest joke to send out cellacious messages on hers and friends phones. Her little prank backfired on her when she accidentally left an obscene voicemail for the head of HR for the company she used to work for.

Etymology: cell (wireless phone) + salacious (obscene; grossly indecent)

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Brusqueteer

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: brusk a teer

Sentence: Friends since childhood, the 3 girls worked the Call Centre for a giant pizza chain. Since they hated their low-paying jobs, they amused themselves each night shift by seeing who could be the rudest Brusqueteer to customers each night. When they did finally lose their jobs, they boasted their motto,"All Fired One, One fired All!"

Etymology: Brusque (marked by rude or peremptory shortness) & Musketeer (a foot soldier armed with a musket...depicted in fiction as the Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas in 1844, whose motto was "All for One, One For All).

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COMMENTS:

I talked to Brusque just this afternoon. - Mustang, 2009-06-02: 08:08:00

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Rudemannersaddictivative

Created by: balku4

Pronunciation: roo-de-man-ner-sad-dic-tai-vey-tiv

Sentence: you're a rudemannersaddictivative

Etymology: look at the word and you will find out

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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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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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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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Fonethuggery

Created by: ShaniT

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Sentence: The secretary was an expert at fonethuggery and had been awarded the 'Fonethug 2008' award by her company for endless bad humour, unhelpfulness and foul language whilst conducting company business.

Etymology: Fone - modern day slang for Telephone. Thug - well known definition of nasty vicious person. Thuggery - the act of being nasty and vicious.

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COMMENTS:

funny - bookowl, 2008-04-16: 15:05:00

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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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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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