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DEFINITION: v. To focus on your weaknesses, rather than your strengths. n. A person who is obsessed with their perceived deficiencies, and works hard to ensure that everyone else understands and appreciates their failings.

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Praiserhater

Created by: verbherder

Pronunciation: preyz-er-heyt-er

Sentence: "John, your memo moved me to tears. I never thought unisex restroom liquid soap policy could cleanse my soul as well as my hands," gushed Sally. "Yeah, but I always leave the seat up and use a baker's dozen hand towels before I even get going. It's a big problem for me." "Ugh! You're the biggest praiserhater in the whole office," exclaimed Sally.

Etymology: Don't hate the praise, hate the game.

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Surefail

Created by: rebelvin

Pronunciation: sure+fail

Sentence: He always surefails at the start, even before giving himself a chance to succeed at a project.

Etymology: sure+fail

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Manglomaniac

karenanne

Created by: karenanne

Pronunciation: MAN gah lo MAIN ee ak

Sentence: Dexter Knott made sure that everyone knew how difficult most tasks were for him and how slowly he worked, so that they wouldn't ask much of him. He was a notable manglomaniac, pointing out how he would probably mangle whatever responsibility was laid at his doorstep, and then suggesting that someone else would do a better job. He made such comments as, "Why don't you give the project to Lee Derr? He thrives on 'management opportunities.'" As a result, he mostly got to slack off while his more capable and ambitious colleagues basically got used. In the end, since they were all on a set pay scale, they all got paid the same.

Etymology: mangle + megalomaniac

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COMMENTS:

Lee Derr...like it! - Nosila, 2010-07-03: 22:43:00

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Flunkard

Created by: Tigger

Pronunciation: /flung-kerd/ (pronounced like 'drunkard')

Sentence: Larry would often set low standards for himself and then consistently fail to meet those standards. As a habitual flunkard, Larry found that there were very few tasks entrusted to him at the office. Management, having noticed this, were quick to assume that he was quite skilled at delegating assignments, and offered him a promotion.

Etymology: Flunk - failure to meet minimum performance standards (English slang, from alteration of British university slang, funk "to be frightened, shrink from") + Drunkard - a chronic, habitual drinker (from Old English, druncen, pp. of "to drink"); Flunkard = a chronic, habitual failure.

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great sentence Tigger - Jabberwocky, 2008-04-29: 12:21:00

Great word! - Mustang, 2008-04-29: 23:23:00

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Nokwando

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: nōkwändō

Sentence: Nelson is not only a practitioner but is the grand master of a new martial art, nokwando. Rather than teach new skills, this art concentrates on what a student cannot do. His dojo is not finished yet and may not be unless someone else take on the project. Nelson even practices his art at work. When his boss suggests some action that he should be undertaking, he can almost always defer or deflect this effort with phrases like "I'll have take that under study" or "My predecessor never showed me how to do that".

Etymology: no (not any) + taekwando (a modern Korean martial art similar to karate)

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Antegoist

Created by: stache

Pronunciation: ant'ē'gō-ĭst

Sentence: Marlene was an accomplished dancer and visual artist, and her mechanical skills were amazing. She could dance her way through a brake job or a tuneup, and her pin-striping designs were renowned. But she was such an antegoist that when Herschel asked her to help him at the hot-rod show she declined because, she said, "I'm just not a 'people person.'"

Etymology: ant, any of numerous black, red, brown, or yellow social insects of the family Formicidae [Middle English amte, from Old English ǣmete]; eg, var. of egg, as in to have egg on one's face, or to lay an egg; oist, practitioner of zero.

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Degretation

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: degh-reh-TAY-shun

Sentence: Carletons sense of self worth was flimsy at best, bordering on nonexistent, and he would frequently abase himself in his self styled degretation, using verbal self abuse and humiliation.

Etymology: Blend of degrade and reputation

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Faultastic

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: fôltastik

Sentence: Alex is a faultastic boss. In an effort to appear humble he constantly pointing his own foibles. Whenever he is called on to present his accomplishments he sings his own praises in faultsetto.

Etymology: fault (an unattractive or unsatisfactory feature) + fantastic (extraordinarily good or attractive)

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Incompetitor

petaj

Created by: petaj

Pronunciation: in-COM-pet-it-tah

Sentence: Marty's ambition was to be the incompetitor of the month. So he launched into self-demotion at every opportunity until the entire staff was well aware of his every foible.

Etymology: incompetence + competitor

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COMMENTS:

on a roll petaj - Jabberwocky, 2008-04-29: 12:19:00

petaj thanks jabber. I though blooprint was pretty good, but had my doubts this would be popular - petaj, 2008-04-30: 02:59:00

Nice word. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-04-30: 21:33:00

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Negacissist

Created by: Stevenson0

Pronunciation: neg/ah/siz/sist

Sentence: John is the ultimate negacissist, always bragging and raving on about his weaknesses, short comings and inabilities.

Etymology: negative + narcissist

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Excellent! - Mustang, 2009-06-09: 18:14:00

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Comments:

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2008-04-29: 00:01:00
Today's definition is inspired by Johnny Bunko's Career Secret # 2: "Think strengths, not weaknesses". See: "The Adventures of Johnny Bunko" by Dan Pink. Thanks Dan! ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2009-06-09: 00:01:00
Today's definition is inspired by Johnny Bunko's Career Secret # 2: "Think strengths, not weaknesses". See: "The Adventures of Johnny Bunko" by Dan Pink. Thanks Dan! ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2010-07-01: 00:08:00
Today's definition was suggested by johnnybunko. Thank you johnnybunko. ~ James