Verboticism: Telewitch

'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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Operaver

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: OP-ehr-ayvr

Sentence: Lucinda hated her job as customer service operator and as each day wore on and she tired of handling so many complaints and insults she became an operaver, returning insults and making slurs of all sorts.

Etymology: Blend of operator and 'raver' (one who utters as if in madness)

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COMMENTS:

artr Good match to today's illustration. - artr, 2009-06-02: 06:57:00

clever! - mweinmann, 2009-06-02: 08:45:00

Raving good word - Nosila, 2009-06-02: 12:18:00

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

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Phonetroll

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Created by: phonesalad

Pronunciation: Phone-troll

Sentence: That guy was a real phonetroll.

Etymology: Phone + Troll

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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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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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Rudeceptionist

Created by: TJayzz

Pronunciation: Rood-sepshunist

Sentence: I swear that by the way the rudeceptionist spoke to me on the phone, she thought that I was some kind of simpleton!

Etymology: Rude (Impolite,unnecessarily curt) + Receptionist(Person that answers company calls and deals with Customer service enquiries

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Love it! - Tigger, 2008-04-16: 23:05:00

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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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karenanne "Rudi" - ha! - karenanne, 2010-06-24: 13:42:00

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Yellephone

Created by: mweinmann

Pronunciation: yell - eh - fone

Sentence: At one time or another, Starbucks, Subway, AT&T, Papa John's and the paperboy have all received yellephone calls from Joyce. These calls are usually long and loud as Joyce vents all of her pent up anger and frustration on whatever poor person happens to answer.

Etymology: yell, telephone

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Cellacious

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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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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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