Verboticism: Substitantrum

'I just got off the phone with my mother!'

DEFINITION: v. To take the frustration and anger you receive from one person and redirect it towards another person, usually of lower status. n. An act of aggression directed towards an individual or object that was not the source of provocation.

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: suhb-sti-tan-truhm

Sentence: For no apparent reason Marcie launched into a tirade of everything Jim had ever done that annoyed her. "You've just been on the phone with your mother, haven't you?" Jim knows a substitantrum when he sees one.

Etymology: substitution (acting or serving in place of another)+ tantrum (a violent demonstration of rage or frustration; a sudden burst of ill temper)

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