Verboticism: Sissyfuss

'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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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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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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Ithinkicandidate

Created by: bookowl

Pronunciation: eye/think/eye/can/di/date

Sentence: An IthinkIcandidate must follow the teachings of the little engine that could.

Etymology: I think I can + candidate

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Nosensequitter

Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: no/sens/kwit/tur

Sentence: 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)

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

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

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Personverence

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: per son veer ents

Sentence: Jane's coach tried to instill in her a sense of personverence. He made her do yoga with a cockroach on her nose. He thought if she overcame her bizarre fear of bugs, she could be a gold medal yogoist. Trouble is, coach never knew it was not an Olympic sport yet and so her goals were beyond her roach. He was obviously just a Roachcoach...if he taught theatrics, he could be a Stagecoach!

Etymology: Person (a human being) & Perseverence (the ability to be persistent, refuse to stop)

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Nosensequitter

Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: no/sens/kwit/tur

Sentence: 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)

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COMMENTS:

Cute word...to fatten the Latin! - Nosila, 2009-06-11: 11:00:00

great! - mweinmann, 2009-06-12: 07:47:00

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Talentenacious

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: talətənāshəs

Sentence: It’s not that Jim is the best or brightest in his field. His skill is being tanentenacious. The fact that he can’t carry a tune with a flat-bed truck doesn\'t stop him from becoming a country/western singing sensation. His rugged good looks, back-up singers and technology by the truckload has gotten him far. There was that little setback last week when somebody called ASPCA to report an animal being tortured when Jim was singing in the shower, but he’ll get past that.

Etymology: talent (natural aptitude or skill) + tenacious (not readily letting go of, giving up, or separated from an object that one holds, a position, or a principle)

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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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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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