Verboticism: Persistrance

'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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Purseverance

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: poor sev eer ans

Sentence: When jockey/owner Cher Bett entered her horse, Mane Chance, in the biggest cup competition of the racing season, she had to overcome a lot of obstacles. Being a woman owner/jockey was a major issue in the male dominated sport. Getting backers, paying trainers, vets and stable staff were major financial considerations for the not-rich Cher. But after all her purseverance, she not only ran in the race, but won it at 20-to-1 odds. She won so much, she can afford to hire jockeys now and has become a legend in race circles!

Etymology: Purse (a sum of money offered as a prize) & Perseverance (persistance; tenacity)

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Grinderminder

Created by: pieceof314

Pronunciation: grīnd-er-mīnd-er

Sentence: 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

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COMMENTS:

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

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

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

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

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Stickawidgit

Created by: TJayzz

Pronunciation: Stik-a-wid-jit

Sentence: Being a stickawidgit Harry would not give up his presentation, he had been working on it for the past 3 weeks and, after changing it many times, he was finally pleased with the result.

Etymology: Stick(adhere to something, to stick to!) + Widgit(with it) = Stickawidgit

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Sisyfittite

metrohumanx

Created by: metrohumanx

Pronunciation: SISSY-fit-ite

Sentence: She was as dumb as a bag of old hammers- But got a degree and then conquered her stammer. Entomological studies at night… Brought her success as a SISYFITTITE

Etymology: SISYphus+FIT+hitTITE=SISYFITTITE.....SISYPHUS: Sisyphus was compelled to roll a huge rock up a steep hill, but before he could reach the top of the hill, the rock would always roll back down , forcing him to begin again. The maddening nature of the punishment was reserved for Sisyphus due to his belief that his cleverness surpassed that of Zeus. He later took a correspondance course to better himself, but wound up working in a gas station......FIT: to be seemly or proper for, to be suitable for or to harmonize with; Middle English fitten to marshal troops, from or akin to Middle Dutch vitten to be suitable.....HITTITE: a member of a conquering people in Asia Minor and Syria with an empire in the second millennium b.c. Based upon excavated pottery shards, they seemed to have been preoccupied with insects and cartoon beagles, although this is often disputed.

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metrohumanx The Wayback machine originally referred to a fictional machine from an ongoing feature of the cartoon The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show used to transport the characters Mr. Peabody and Sherman back in time. It is also used as the name for part of the Internet Archive's site. - metrohumanx, 2009-06-11: 11:43:00

DrWebsterIII I love the thorough etymology - DrWebsterIII, 2009-06-11: 14:15:00

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Hacklentless

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: hak-lent-lis

Sentence: Sally is now in charge of the department, not because of any outstanding talent or even a clear understanding of what the job entails. Anybody with an ounce of skill or ambition has moved on to bigger and better things long ago. Her plodding, hacklentless approach to her work and mediocre results keeps her so far under the radar of scrutiny that she has no enemies. In fact, most people don't even know who she is after 20 years with the company. Sometimes people walk into her because they just don't notice she is there.

Etymology: Hack (a person, as an artist or writer, who exploits, for money, his or her creative ability or training in the production of dull, unimaginative, and trite work) + relentless (unyieldingly severe, strict, or harsh)

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Determinashionist

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: dee ter min ay shun ist

Sentence: Many of the contenders on the reality talent shows are not so much talented as determinationist in their thirst for fame and glory. Yes, their resolve, giving up work and school for their 5 minutes of fame on the tube, proves they each are a determinashionist...that and the fact that all their friends call in 100 votes each from their handful of cellphones is what wins these contests!

Etymology: Determination (the quality of being determined to do or achieve something;an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions) & ist (suffix for a person who follows a belief or ideal)

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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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Unswervictor

petaj

Created by: petaj

Pronunciation: un-SWER-vick-ter

Sentence: 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)

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Bullybuster

Created by: Rutilus

Pronunciation: bull-ee-bus-ter

Sentence: Clarissa was determined to succeed despite the venom of her odious colleague. She had bullybustered her way through her career and she wasn't in any mood to stop now.

Etymology: Bully - to force one's will by force and/or intimidation; Buster - one that breaks up something

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Persistalents

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: pərsistalənts

Sentence: Some people have a talent for singing, some can play a musical instrument. Joyce has none of these. What she does have is persistalents. Once she sets her mind to do something, it would take an act of Congress to change her course. Nobody is surprised that her pet-of-choice is a pit bull.

Etymology: persistence (firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition) + talents (natural aptitude or skills) sounds a bit like pestilence.

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

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