Verboticism: Persistenator

'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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Shambition

artr

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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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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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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Sisyfittite

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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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COMMENTS:

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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Determinut

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: dee - TER - muh - nut

Sentence: Ignoring the chiding and other insults about her pursuit of a singing career Marjorie had become absolute determinut and was not about to let anything keep her from reaching her goals.

Etymology: blend of determined and nut

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nice - Jabberwocky, 2008-05-01: 11:46:00

good word! - OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-02: 05:38:00

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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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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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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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Determaniacal

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: deh-ter-muhn-I-uh-kyl

Sentence: Melody was absolutely determaniacal in pursuit of her singing career, ignoring criticism and negative critiques of her somewhat limited skills and in time managed to secure a job as a backup singer for a budding young artist in the pop music field.

Etymology: blend of determined and maniacal

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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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Pluckreap

Created by: OZZIEBOB

Pronunciation: PLUHK-reep

Sentence: Despite the taunts of those educated above their intellect, Bob, with a plethora of pluck, reaped remuneration and recognition. And, in reply to their snide remarks, and to add further to their perplexity, he told them in his pluckreapish patter, "The reward fevers the incentive!"

Etymology: PLUCK: courage or resolution in the face of difficulties; spirit, indomitable resolution, fortitude & REAP: to get as a return, recompense or result.

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