Verboticism: Phonewitch

'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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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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Telephant

Created by: catgrin

Pronunciation: tel-uh-fuhnt

Sentence: "Jane is such a telephant! I swear, once she gets on her cell her behaviour becomes telephaniccal, barking orders and screaming obscenities at some poor slob who doesn't even know who she is. Maybe she needs therapy?"

Etymology: telephone + elephant + tyrant

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Fonethuggery

Created by: ShaniT

Pronunciation:

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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Sinsolent

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: sin sil ent

Sentence: Rudi Persson was prone to be a sinsolent individual. She was paid to answer phones and help people, but in fact, she did the opposite. When people told her, "Have a Nice Day", she would mutter, "I've made other plans".

Etymology: Sin (commit a faux pas or a fault or make a serious mistake) & Insolent (marked by casual disrespect;an offensive disrespectful impudent act;trait of being rude and impertinent; inclined to take liberties)

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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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Phonediva

Created by: rebelvin

Pronunciation: phone+diva

Sentence: Watch out for her if you dial-in, she is such a phonediva, you may not ever get to speak.

Etymology: phone+diva

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Telebarketer

hyperborean

Created by: hyperborean

Pronunciation: tehl-uh-barrk-at-err

Sentence: Jolene was the perfect Customer Service Rep: she talked fast and loud, was completely deaf, and had years of experience as a Bill Collector, Meter Maid, and Telebarketer.

Etymology: bark at her, from telemarketer

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COMMENTS:

And she cxalls during dinner each night! - Nosila, 2009-06-02: 12:19:00

So THAT's who keeps calling. Good one! - Mustang, 2009-06-02: 21:00:00

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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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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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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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