Verboticism: Philanthreaty

'Santa won't come unless you clean up your desk!'

DEFINITION: v. To inspire and motivate people to do great things, by issuing petty threats. n. A kind and gentle threat.

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Created by: Wriiight

Pronunciation: Just like pressure, but said sarcastically.


Etymology: Pressure, and "Suuuuuure"--A sarcastastic reply of 'sure' you might say when you don't believe a word they say.

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Created by: theantiipod

Pronunciation: In-Threaten

Sentence: My mom enthreatened me to study hard for my SATs and not slack off.

Etymology: Encourage + Threaten

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Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: sin vig orayt

Sentence: The message in Brother James' sermon was meant to sinvigorate his congregation. He told them that as long as they were spending so much of their earnings on Christmas presents and parties, they should donate the same amount to his Church of the Everlasting Redemption. He also told them that having money leftover from their Christmas spending could provide temptation to spend unwisely and lead them to sin, so they could save themselves by donating more to his good works. His parishoners blindly gave to his church in order to receive salvation, but wondered how the good Brother James could afford to drive a Cadillac and fly so often to crusades in Hawaii, Monaco and Las Vegas. The Lord does work in mysterious ways indeed.

Etymology: Sin (commit a sin; violate a law of God or a moral law;commit a faux pas or a fault or make a serious mistake) & Invigorate (impart vigor, strength, or vitality to;give life or energy to; to heighten or intensify)

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Created by: kevinrio

Pronunciation: Child'lie

Sentence: I love childlying to them, they are so gullible!

Etymology: Lie to child for their own sake

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Created by: Chistinalove

Pronunciation: High - po - quin - sis

Sentence: In order to get my husband off the couch, I came up with some hypoqenses.

Etymology: Hypothetical Consequences

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Created by: llimllib

Pronunciation: `Nag-i-vate

Sentence: My wife tried to nagivate me into washing the dishes, but my game of Madden was much too important.

Etymology: Nag + Motivate -> Nagivate

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Created by: maxxy

Pronunciation: GAHSH-fah-ther

Sentence: Jim's boss goshfathered him into staying late by threatening to take away his leather desk set.

Etymology: Gosh (a petty exclamation) + father (master)

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Created by: riflesandkids74

Pronunciation: pink-mayl

Sentence: My mother would often try to pinkmail me into cleaning my room. As I grew older i realized how empty her threats were and would often defy her.

Etymology: based on blackmail. pink replaces black as it is traditionally an unthreatening color.

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