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'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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Enthreaten

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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Wetnoodle

Created by: sodium

Pronunciation: wet-noodle

Sentence: Jane was reluctant at first, but I wetnoodled her into doing my will.

Etymology: From the phrase "10 lashes with a wet noodle."

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Portentuate

Created by: Fenners

Pronunciation:

Sentence: Please portentuate me!

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Dreadtuate

Created by: attis

Pronunciation: Like it sounds

Sentence: Karen really new how to dreadtuate some activity out of Bob.

Etymology: Dread + actuate

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Inversivation

Created by: Madmadchen

Pronunciation:

Sentence: "When bribes didn't work, she inversivated him with taking away his Wii."

Etymology: inverse + motivation

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Philanthreaty

Carla

Created by: Carla

Pronunciation: fill-anth-reh-tee

Sentence: Later, when he questioned his mother about her use of water boarding to encourage the children to revise for their exams, she steadfastly claimed it was philanthreaty, for their own good.

Etymology: philanthropy + threat

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Threatencourage

Created by: mmf11

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Hairipcajolist

Created by: Hjason

Pronunciation: Hair-ripca-jole-ist

Sentence: Your hairpcajolist ways won't get you anywhere, missy.

Etymology: hair-rip-cajole

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COMMENTS:

- Hjason, 2006-12-19: 13:38:00

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Hohohotivation

Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: hoe hoe hoe tiv ay shun

Sentence: When motivation doesn't work, try hohohotivation, if that doesnt't work, it for packupandgotivation.

Etymology: Motivation, ho ho ho

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Ameliorbait

Created by: darlingdiva

Pronunciation: a-mel-ior-bate

Sentence:

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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