Verboticism: Pavlophonian

'It's for you. Tell them you're busy.'

DEFINITION: v. To instinctively answer your cell phone ring, even when caught in a somewhat compromising position. n. The instinct to answer your phone

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Created by: CharlieB

Pronunciation: pav-low-phone-ean

Sentence: Jed knew that the call was from a girl at work who had a crush on him. He didn't fancy her and avoided her in the office. He also knew his girlfriend on the other side of the bed would probably hear everything. But such was his pavlophonian response to his ringtone, he couldn't stop himself snatching up the phone and jabbing at the answer button.

Etymology: Pavlovian (a conditioned reflex) & phone (communications device)

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