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'It's time to find your inner cockroach'

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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Sissyfuss

Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: sisss eeee fuhsss

Sentence: Mary was the complete Sissyfuss, who else would have tried to get one of the Rolling Stones to settle down on Beverly Hills?

Etymology: sissy fuss, Sisiphus

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Persistrance

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Created by: mrskellyscl

Pronunciation: per-sis-trance

Sentence: Norma's persistrance helped her win Employee of the Year at work. Unfortunately, she was so focused on her job that she failed to notice that Robert had moved out 2 months ago.

Etymology: persistance: tenacity, strength, purpose + trance: detatchment from one's physical surroundings

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Obsesstinate

Created by: Stevenson0

Pronunciation: ob/sess/stuh/nit

Sentence: Karen's obsesstinate personality drove her supervisors and managers crazy and so she was promoted quickly up the company infrastructure to get rid of her, not because of her business sense, or corporate abilities.

Etymology: some one who is totally obsessed with being obstinate - obsess + obstinate (tenaciously unwilling to yield)

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Good one. - Mustang, 2008-05-01: 22:06:00

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Hambition

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: ham bish shun

Sentence: Liza was determined to be a great actress. She starred in school productions through high school and somehow made it into acting school. Her hambition was to get into a long-running soap, but she was rejected because her acting skills were too over the top. She finally got a bit part in a movie, "Joe's Apartment", but only because she was the only actor who allowed them to put a cockroach on her nose...

Etymology: Ham (unskilled actor who overacts) & Ambition (strong drive for success)

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Persevictor

Created by: stache

Pronunciation: pûr'sə-vĭk'tər

Sentence: Although Harriet looked to be the sure winner in the early stages of the marathon, Tortence, the plodder, would not give up and became the persevictor.

Etymology: persevere, to persist in anything undertaken [Middle English perseveren, from Old French perseverer, from Latin persevērāre, from persevērus, very serious]; victor, One who defeats an adversary; the winner in a fight, battle, contest, or struggle[Middle English, from Old French victeur, from Latin victor, from victus, past participle of vincere, to conquer].

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Nice word. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-02: 05:31:00

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Shambition

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: shambishən

Sentence: After years of being passed over for advancement, Harry's time finally came. He was promoted to Division Director. Unfortunately the budget cuts and ensuing layoffs left him as the lone worker. In a case of shambition Harry hadn’t even applied for the position when it was vacated by his former boss.

Etymology: sham (a thing that is not what it is purported to be) + ambition (a strong desire to do or to achieve something, typically requiring determination and hard work)

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Littlengina

Created by: verbherder

Pronunciation: lit-l-en-jahy-nuh

Sentence: The blue-haired woman ringing up Slurpees for the past 38 years at the Gas 'N Sip turned out to be a littlengina. Some publisher bought the novel she was always jawing about, and now it's a best seller in several regions of Portugal.

Etymology: The little engine that could

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Reluctascious

Created by: daniellegeorge

Pronunciation: Re-luk-tay-shus

Sentence: "Dwayne, it's a square peg." "YES! The corners have worn off! It fits now, in this round hole!"

Etymology: reluctant and tenacious

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nice blend - Jabberwocky, 2008-05-01: 11:53:00

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Sticktwit

Created by: TJayzz

Pronunciation: Stik-twit

Sentence: Malcolm was a complete sticktwit, no matter what went wrong he would stick at it until he got it right, even if it took months.

Etymology: Stick(adhere to) + Twit(foolish) = Sticktwit. See also stick to it

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good one, welcome back, TJayzz! - Nosila, 2009-06-11: 10:57:00

funny - Jabberwocky, 2009-06-11: 15:47:00

enjoyed this one..... - mweinmann, 2009-06-12: 07:47:00

Hello all, great to be back. Thank-you for good comments. - TJayzz, 2009-06-12: 15:27:00

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Quixothick

Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: kwik soh th ik

Sentence: His quixothick opposition to wind energy despite widespread support and government support led many of his peers to think him a bit of a donquix.

Etymology: Quixotic, thick

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how gallant - Jabberwocky, 2008-05-01: 11:52:00

Cheeky Monquix...cute word - Nosila, 2008-05-01: 21:24:00

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Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2008-05-01: 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

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2009-06-11: 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

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2010-07-05: 00:05:00
Today's definition was suggested by johnnybunko. Thank you johnnybunko. ~ James