I just got off the phone with my mother!
DEFINITION: v. To take the frustration and anger you receive from one person and redirect it towards another person, usually of lower status. n. An act of aggression directed towards an individual or object that was not the source of provocation.
VERBOTICISMS: (Invented words created by the Verbotomy Writers)
Boomharangue: /BOOM-huh-rang/ Mia was feeling giddy as she walked into the apartment. She’d gotten a promotion at work, and then she spent time with her girlfriends after work to celebrate. Now she was coming home to spend the evening with her handsome, charming man Julian. But it all came to a screeching halt as she heard the announcer on the television across the room: “And the final score is Red Sox 3, Yankees 0.” His precious Yankees had lost yet again. The rest of the evening would be miserable now as Julian vented his frustrations about the game by launching into an hour-long boomharangue, yelling at Mia about even the most trivial things. Etymology: boomerang + harangue Created by: TimTheEnchanter.
Comments on Boomharangue:
galwaywegian, 2008-05-23: 13:21:00
Mustang, 2008-05-23: 23:59:00
OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-25: 07:29:00
Bleedership: /blee dur sh ipp/ Patsy shifted nervously in her seat. While waiting for her quarterly review from Ms. Badger, she had heard her superior being telephonetically eviscerated by the new VP. She waited as her superior flicked through her file with shaking hands. Suddenly, the pain left Ms. Badger’s face as she smoothed out one of the pages in the file. The bleedership was about to begin. Etymology: leadership, bleed Created by: galwaywegian.
Comments on Bleedership:
Jabberwocky, 2008-05-23: 09:07:00
skeeterzirra, 2008-05-23: 20:01:00
I love your definition.
“What do you mean bleedership is bad management! It’s what our company excels at!”
Approxyberate: /a-prox-ee-bee-rate/ When Jim returned from the Director’s annual budget meeting he chose the newest member of staff to appoxyberate. Etymology: a + proxy (substitute) + berate + approximate (close to) Created by: Jabberwocky.
Comments on Approxyberate:
OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-25: 19:33:00
Nice word – I toyed with proxiberate for a while.
Deciberate: /des-uh-bi-REYT/ When things went wrong in the Office, Bob’s unique management style immediately swung into top gear. Hapless newcomers, he had to show them who was in charge, were randomly singled out and vexcoriated. And not to let sleeping dogmas lie or trembling tyros touch base with tranquility, he deciberated them with a dictatorial delight. However, we all know about the best laid plans of mice and maniacs; don’t we ? Well, it seemed that Bob didn’t. For just before noon on April 1st, and under terrible stress to explain to the Managing Director why he had not meet last month’s sales targets, he eyed a underling sauntering aimlessly around the office with strange box in his hands. With volcanic verbosity he erupted in a rage, yelling incoherently at the poor lad about the importance of ancillaries. Perplexed, but with patience, the young fellow endured Bob’s rambling threats of dire and dismissal until, at last, he had a chance to speak up. Apolegetic in carefully explaining to Bob that he fully understood the problem of the missed targets, he assured him that, in future, all pizzas ordered for the monthly luncheons shall have anchovies. Etymology: DECI: as in decimate, to select and punish by lot every tenth person; or randomly, without forethought, by chance. Nowadays, used incorrectly (pedants note) for “destroy a large portion of”. BERATE: to chide vehemently; to scold, censure angrily or severely. Created by: OZZIEBOB.
Comments on Deciberate:
Jabberwocky, 2008-05-23: 09:03:00
wow Bob, we must have been on the same wavelength with this one – love your word – similar yet very different than mine
Nosila, 2008-05-23: 21:18:00
Good one…that’s what Bob gets for giving people a pizza his mind!
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Verbotomy – 2008-05-22: 00:00:01
Today’s definition is inspired by the Amy Sutherland’s advice that a good animal trainer is always observant and reads the “cues”. If your subject is displaying signs that he or she is about to “let loose”, it’s probably good idea to back off. Amy also reminds us that we must be aware of our own internal cues. For more tips, read her chapter on “Working with Big Cats”. See: “What Shamu Taught me About Life, Love and Marriage”. Thanks Amy! ~ James