Verboticism: Fonethuggery

'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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Opberator

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: äpbirātər

Sentence: Hilda loves her job as an opberator. It gives her a great sense of power that she can disconnect dozens of callers with a simple flip of a switch. She can deride a caller to the point where they will often apologize for bothering her. And that thing about calls being recorded for quality-control purposes? The tapes are played at monthly staff meetings as entertainment.

Etymology: operator (a person who works at a telephone switchboard) + berate (scold or criticize someone angrily)

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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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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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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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Gotohello

Created by: Stevenson0

Pronunciation: go/to/hell/o

Sentence: She always answered the phone with a grating nasty "Gotohello". Then she would continue with a long string of erfhwask lu qkweuydcbwouiycqiuowqbyecqy ksdjgcskca kwejhf mdn sd, fj wdajrhwe iud woiur efukows eriuh rtudx rweiu eip vi uwer e er uerj erilhfriu eriu er iou erniuefsh ueher iopueroiereroiger(o) grekj hgetk;ud fhgo ji hbgr;seodiruvkudhfekjghrfcku viuenhvcfoiweunrviuerwvceui uewrbviuervgen wc iuer ieru vjh rvui hcr jhciu vriv esg iwgaefiucbiusa wyeuigfc i wer gfwerugfi uewrh f wiuf viuerfuifiphygreiu ksadjhfkjvsdfhf jklhrfveuiowrhfgoiuerv ojkdfkjhsauitryubnw vwebyt evefjknbb dsrjhewrouibn jihercb vroui erobiuvwebn veu ery bv e vunierniv e veio ueroiueroui ervstr oui tvegoi oi erv tuio vitrg oitrv i eruitv iourvtoier fgv iusdfio dvgof dfioig oi sv toi dgrioghdroi trouitogfi u teiutrioh uoritu goiut geuiogt oiu retugojiiouveojhvilr eruioh gkuevohoef nel hjglktrhjg eroruith go eguhrtoh gvuhb trjdlhi fbgn troitr jgoikjnbligj oijt roijiotrj troijt hrod jkfd hobgofgihj tuj trgio hgoog id gfiofg oi gfoi jhg dguoh og hji oi goigf iogfih oijg sritvujeoriuvng cjhsdbfviehgv sieuh sodfh kjr jrhfsd sa psgfsdhhfg fdkgjhg jgfkslng gapotruiy otui ofih ktjhntn fngfjgy tgjgjg kfjgjgnvkdfl poeoeyrn djjfjfghjhhjhjytoiu yjrtrtuyn yrk. Ooge eortu rtjgji ioodfhbt salker gkklt drkhjthg kgjyn. And finish with "Goodbye jackass".

Etymology: go + to + hello

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COMMENTS:

glad you got that off your chest? - Jabberwocky, 2008-04-16: 15:02:00

Sorry, didn't catch that. Can you please repeat it? - Tigger, 2008-04-16: 23:01:00

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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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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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Lineswine

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Created by: youmustvotenato

Pronunciation: line-swine

Sentence: "WHO'S THIS?!?!?" barked the old lady over the phone. I immediately hung up. Not dealing with lineswine today.

Etymology: line (phone line) + swine (pig)

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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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Telemarketeerbasher

petaj

Created by: petaj

Pronunciation: telly-market-ear-basher

Sentence: Tellymarketeerbashing had never been on Lilith's career plans, however her dominearing manner and the fact that she had no qualms about abusing complete strangers on the telephone led to her being head-hunted by the Insultancy firm to answer their calls. http://www.verbotomy.com/verboticisms.php?jid=insult

Etymology: telemarketer + ear bash

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love it! - Jabberwocky, 2008-04-16: 15:06:00

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