Verboticism: Obnoxyeller

'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

artr

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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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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Telecrone

Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: teh leh krow nnnnnnnnn

Sentence: Shrilla was the scariest telecrone in the complaints department. She had a voice that made chalk screeching down a blackboard sound like a choir of angels. she could swear in fourteen languages and had some strange power of transmitting her gin-based halitosis down the phone lines. Nobody had ever lasted more than 78 seconds with their complaints. She was paid more than the entire R&D section of the company.

Etymology: telephone, crone

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COMMENTS:

great sentence - Jabberwocky, 2008-04-16: 08:24:00

Clever blend. Love the name 'Shrilla'!! - Tigger, 2008-04-16: 22:57:00

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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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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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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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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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Etiquit

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: ET-eh-kwit

Sentence: Miriam's friends were well aware of her atrocious manners whenever she took or made a phone call and they derided her behind her back saying that when on the phone she got a bad case of etiquit.

Etymology: Blend of 'etiquette' (a code of behavior that delineates expectations for social behavior according to contemporary conventional norms) and 'quit' (cease or stop)

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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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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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