Johnny Bunko finds his inner cockroach: The Persistenator

Today’s definition is inspired by Johnny Bunko’s Career Lesson #4: “Persistance Trumps Talent”. See: “The Adventures of Johnny Bunko” by Dan Pink.

DEFINITION: n. A person who succeeds not because of their talents, but because they just won’t quit. v. To firmly believe in your talents and never give up on your goals, despite the huge obstacles, snide comments, and repeated setbacks.

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VERBOTICISMS: (Invented words created by the Verbotomy Writers)

Persistenator: /per-sis-ten-ay-tor/ In the office, Phyllis was called the persistenator. She worked hard and despite not having quite the flashes of brilliance and withitness as many new hires. However, she always was went about her daily duties. After 3 years waiting for the promotion from mail clerk to record filing, it took her another 4 years to make it to front desk. After spending 10 years at the job, and after much turnover in the office, she was finally promoted to office manager 6 years ago. She hoped to make the jump to mid-level management soon as she just completed a correspondance course in business administration. Etymology: persistence,the act of persisting or persevering; continuing or repeating behavior + ator, suffix indicating a person that is involved with doing what the root word is about Created by: arrrteest.

Comments on Persistenator:

OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-02: 05:29:00
On a roll!

Grinderminder: /grÄ«nd-er-mÄ«nd-er/ Kendra’s stick-to-it-ness gave her the reputation of being the workplace grinderminder. No matter what the boss threw at her, she always plodded her way through each task, often learning the ropes as she went along. Sometimes she was able to do it with no problems, other times she had to start over and ask for help. Either way, everyone knew she wouldn’t quit. Etymology: grind, from grindstone + minder, a person who is paying attention to something Created by: pieceof314.

Comments on Grinderminder:

daniellegeorge, 2008-05-01: 09:39:00
that’s stupid.

pieceof314, 2008-05-01: 13:54:00
What? Why would you say that?

OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-02: 05:27:00
Good word.

pieceof314, 2008-05-02: 14:50:00
Thanks, Ozziebob!

Nosensequitter: /no-sens-kwit-tur/ Sally’s philosophy was to aspire to be a nosensequitter who would never give up even if it was an unwarranted conclusion. Etymology: no sense + quit + non sequitur (illogical conclusion) Created by: Jabberwocky.

Comments on Nosensequitter:

galwaywegian, 2008-05-01: 06:58:00

OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-02: 05:28:00
Great word.

Unswervictor: /un-SWER-vick-ter/ The unswervictor’s hero was Benjamin Disraeli, who once said “through perseverence many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure”. Etymology: unswerving (persistent) + victor (winner) Created by: petaj.

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Definition Comments:

Verbotomy2008-05-01: 00:01:00

Today’s definition is inspired by Johnny Bunko’s Career Lesson # 4: “Persistence trumps talent”. See: “The Adventures of Johnny Bunko” by Dan Pink. Thanks Dan! ~ James