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DEFINITION: n., The fear that your service representative will retaliate after you have complained. v., To be afraid of bad service because you complained about it.

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Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: gaff at waff o bee a

Sentence: Her gaffatwaphobia was so intense that she called all of the teddy bears she gave as gifts to her nephews and nieces after herself, for fear of reprecussions.

Etymology: Gaff fatwa phobia

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Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: re-MORSE-uhl-angst

Sentence: Seeing what she thought was vengeful aggravation in the eyes of the waiter when she complained about her dinner, Matilda experienced a huge wave of remorselangst and found herself wishing she'd just eaten the overdone steak rather than to complain about it.

Etymology: Blend of remorse, morsel, and angst


metrohumanx Downright inspirational! - metrohumanx, 2008-10-28: 02:28:00

like it! - Jabberwocky, 2008-10-28: 13:01:00


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Created by: flyingheadlice

Pronunciation: way-tal-i-ah-FO-bee-ah

Sentence: Leonard has determined that Sheldon does not have waitaliaphobia, as he continuously offends Penny with no fear of repercussions.

Etymology: waiter retaliation phobia

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Created by: emdeejay

Pronunciation: Whinge surgence

Sentence: All June was really trying to do was start a conversation with the charming waiter. Unforunately her complete lack of tact backfired *again* and she cringed awaiting the oncoming whingesurgence

Etymology: Whinge: to complain annoyingly. Insurgence: an act of rebellion or counteroffensive

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Created by: ErWenn

Pronunciation: /ˌvɛnˈdʒɪdɚz/

Sentence: After publishing a severe critique of the way government officials had arrested a reporter with dissenting views, the journalist got a severe case of the venjitters.

Etymology: from Anglo-French "venger", meaning "to avenge" (as in English "avenge", "revenge", and "vengeance") + "jitters" (unknown origin)


I like the sound of it. - purpleartichokes, 2007-11-30: 12:20:00


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Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: re tayl ee ay shun

Sentence: When Gerda complained to her hairdresser that she did not like the colour and cut given to her the day before, she demanded a new free colour and cut the next month. Although she feared retailiation, the hairdresser grudgingly obliged, foregoing her commission. Gerda's fears were unfounded, as purpily, uneven, fuzzy, fried hair is all the rage now!

Etymology: Retail (the selling of goods or services to consumers) & Retaliation (avenge;action taken in return for an injury or offense)


I'll buy that! - galwaywegian, 2011-08-12: 06:24:00


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Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: re-MORS-el

Sentence: When she complained about the serving of cake Angie thought she detected a bit of disdain by the waiter and she experienced a wave of remorsel, fearing some sort of retaliation when the waiter returned with replacement serving.

Etymology: Blend of 'remorse' (regreat) and 'morsel' (a bit of food)

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Created by: Stevenson0

Pronunciation: mey/truh/byoo/shun

Sentence: As soon as she returned her over cooked steak, she had a sick sense that maitrebution would occur behind the closed doors of the kitchen on her new steak.

Etymology: maitre d'+ retribution


franke Great word -- I'll be thinking about it the next time I send food back at a restaurant. Yikes!! - franke, 2007-11-30: 10:03:00

A legitimate beef. No doubt her next steak will be cooked medium hair. - purpleartichokes, 2007-11-30: 10:22:00


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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: klərekij

Sentence: Despite the fact that everything in her order was wrong, Joyce was kept quiet. She feared the clereckage that might occur if she complained.

Etymology: clerk (a person employed in an office or bank to keep records and accounts and to undertake other routine administrative duties) + wreckage (something that has been badly damaged or destroyed)

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Created by: petaj

Pronunciation: counter attack

Sentence: No sooner had Nelly complained to the insurance officer across the service desk about the poor quality of the repairer's work on her storm-damaged roof, she felt that coil of fear in her stomach. Would this woman counterattack with quick thrust of her letter opener, or was she in for a year delay in getting the ruined carpet replaced.

Etymology: counter attack (retaliation) + counter (where one obtains service in a shop or service centre)

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Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-11-30: 00:28:00
Today's definition was suggested by remistram. Thank you remistram~ James

remistram - 2007-11-30: 10:14:00
I admit - one of my paranoias....

purpleartichokes - 2007-11-30: 13:49:00
Thanks for all the great definitions Remi!

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-12-01: 07:45:00
By the way, Remistram also gets a credit for yesterday's definition. She originally submitted her definition about compulsive sniffing in June, so I have added her name to the credits which she shares with kabloozie. Thanks! ~ James

silveryaspen - 2008-12-09: 01:06:00
Am I the only one confounded by the previous verbotomies being show as new ones, along with the re-run of the definition? When we go to vote for the new verbotomies, it's going to be confusing to vote for the new verbotomies instead of the old verbotomies.

logarithm - 2008-12-09: 04:24:00
A re-run, huh? I think it's ok to mix the old and new verbotomies together, and let people vote for their favourites. New verbotomies are great, but some of the old ones might still be the better ones. p/s Silveryaspen: I am back! ;-)

wayoffcenter - 2008-12-09: 05:31:00
But old games have already been decided and have major point advantages over any new entries. It stops regular contributors from playing. They already have a word entered for this contest.

logarithm - 2008-12-09: 07:02:00
It's a contest?

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2008-12-09: 07:05:00
Hey Silvery et al, Oops! Double replay. I have now updated today's definition. See it here: Isn't it a bit early to be wearing Christmas decorations? Be creative, James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2008-12-09: 07:17:00
Yes, logarithm, it's a game. We have daily and weekly winners. The winning word of the day gets printed in the "b", Baltimore's free daily newspaper. See: b the paper. ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2010-03-25: 00:11:00
Today's definition was suggested by remistram. Thank you remistram. ~ James