Verboticism: Degretation

'I'm fast-tracking...'

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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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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Defectitude

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Created by: mrskellyscl

Pronunciation: de-fect-ta-tude

Sentence: Sally's defectitude about her skills ensured that she would remain at the bottom of the typing pool for her entire career because she convinced everyone else that she lacked the ability to perform competently.

Etymology: defect: imperfection, deficiency, shortcoming + attitude: belief, outlook, approach

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Flawplan

Created by: OZZIEBOB

Pronunciation: FLAW-plan

Sentence: Bob spelt out his career plan with acronymical alacrity. It read: "F" for frustrating and thoughtlessness; "L" for lethargic and litigious; "A" for aimless and antediluvian; "W" for workshy and weaseling; "P" for plastic and procrastinating; "L" for lackadaisical and laconic; "A" for asinine and anal-retentive and "N" for neglectful and nepotistic. He was elected - maybe - for his honesty; or, more likely, by the "donkey" vote!

Etymology: FLAW: fault(s), defects, imperfection(s) & PLAN: to have a specific aim or purpose; a scheme or method of doing something put together in advance.

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COMMENTS:

petaj very clever - petaj, 2008-04-29: 04:58:00

Hmmmmm, is that a thinly veiled political swipe! - pieceof314, 2008-04-29: 09:44:00

love the sentence - Jabberwocky, 2008-04-29: 12:22:00

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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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Mignify

Created by: Pyrrhocephalous

Pronunciation: Mig'-nif-ai

Sentence: "Could you wash the dishes for me, dear?" "Sure, Mommy! Hopefully I won't drop any like I did yesterday. Or bend the spoods too hard. Or accidently toss any on Fluffball..." "Actually, Suzie, why don't you go play with your friends? I can wash them" Suzie successfully mignified her way out of doing the dishes.

Etymology: Minimum + Magnify, since a mignifier is magnifying his minimum ability.

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Weakoncentration

Created by: chingbangwa

Pronunciation: wee-kon-sen-tray-shon

Sentence: Mike's weakoncentration is getting out of control. He has no legs and he has joined a running team

Etymology: Weak = lacking strenght + concentration = focus

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COMMENTS:

So he's legless? Interesting word,chingbangwa - Nosila, 2008-04-29: 23:13:00

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Moronicdud

Created by: abrakadeborah

Pronunciation: mor-on-ik-dud

Sentence: Doodderick Doknowgood was such a moronicdud at work and was constantly pointing out his downfalls...as if he were a special kind of dumb.

Etymology: Moronic - a person who is notably stupid or lacking in good judgment. & Dud - one that is ineffectual; also a failure, having little or no worth.

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Incompambition

Created by: pieceof314

Pronunciation: in comp am bih shun

Sentence: Jake was no stranger to incompambition. He learned quickly in his youthful slacker days that hard work and brains only stiffled one's rise to the top. If you become too important for your position, there is no incentive to promote you. Jake never put his best foot forward and thus he carefully fumbled his way to the top.

Etymology: incompetent + ambition

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Kaimaihestian

Moonstar

Created by: Moonstar

Pronunciation: KI-My-Hest-shion

Sentence: "You're such a Kaimaihestian" or "Bill was very much a Kaimaihestian, and loved nothing more than telling people about how he aand they would inevitably fail".

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Downanshout

Created by: TJayzz

Pronunciation: Dow-nan-showt

Sentence: Mark knew he was a failure from the start, when he was expelled from nursery school at the tender age of three! But could not resist telling all who would listen about them. His reasoning for being a downanshout was that he would rather shout his failings from the rooftops before people around him discovered them for themselves.

Etymology: Down(depressed about ones own failures) an(short for and) Shout(to air ones opinions in a loud manner), down and out (one of lifes complete failures) =Downanshout.

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