Verboticism: Petthreat

'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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Amenaze

Created by: polarpanda

Pronunciation: ah-meh-naze

Sentence: I'd like to thank The Academy, of course, but also my mother; without her amenazing I never could have completed the screenplay for "I Cleaned My Desk, but Santa Never Came."

Etymology: From Spanish amenazar "to threaten" and English amaze.

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Catholiquead

Created by: Stump

Pronunciation: Cathola/queed

Sentence: My boss catholiqueaded me not only into staying late and finishing the project, but taking some extra work home on the weekend.

Etymology: From a combination of catholic guilt, critique, and lead.

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Malivate

Created by: TheGentleSherpa

Pronunciation: Mal-I-Vate

Sentence: Last sunday, the priest gave one of the most malivational sermons I'd ever heard.

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Ameliorbait

Created by: darlingdiva

Pronunciation: a-mel-ior-bate

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Etymology: Taken from "ameliorate"--to make a situation better or more tolerable, and "bait"--to entice, especially by trickery or strategy.

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Pettiwet

Created by: wordmeister

Pronunciation: pet-tee-wet

Sentence: Andrea knew her team would never meet the deadline unless they worked all night, so she pettiwet them with death. It worked.

Etymology: petit or petty + threat but wet

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Threatanize

Created by: allwise

Pronunciation: threat-a-nice

Sentence: Gary wouldn't do the dishes, so Molly had to threatanize him with abstinence.

Etymology: threaten + galvanize

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Mothertalk

Created by: Adamson

Pronunciation: mo-der-talk

Sentence: She mothertalk me into it for good.

Etymology: To summon for the best.

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Warnicate

Created by: fonka99

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Threativate

Created by: bghicks

Pronunciation: Thre-tee-vate

Sentence: Dude, my mom totally threativated me to mow the lawn.

Etymology: Threat+Motivate

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Pressureteasing

Created by: josje

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