Verboticism: Instigize

'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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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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Carrotsticking

Created by: quippingqueen

Pronunciation: carot/stick/ing

Sentence: Management had to agree that the carrotsticking strategy to enhance quarterly sales worked infinitely better than the more traditional burning at the stake.

Etymology: carrot and stick - a metaphor for positive and negative rewards associated with good behavior

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Hey QuippingQueen! Good one! Who wants to get hit with a carrot! - wordmeister, 2006-12-19: 11:18:00

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Nag

Created by: d3sire85

Pronunciation: Nahg

Sentence: My mom is always nagin at me to clean my room.

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- d3sire85, 2006-12-19: 21:23:00

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Dogooder

Created by: Abbers

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Doitorelsing

Created by: trvlngrn

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Ultimatricize

Created by: pdefenestrator

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Walkthelinedance

Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: wok/thu/lyne/dans

Sentence: If the kids didn't behave Mom would walkthelinedance and subject them to Country and Western Music

Etymology: walk the line + linedance

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Threatspiration

fmgene

Created by: fmgene

Pronunciation: threat -spir- ation

Sentence: I've been threatspired into volunteering at the local shelter

Etymology: threat + inspiration

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Warencourage

Created by: squashy

Pronunciation: waren-curraj

Sentence: she warencouraged me that if i didnt tidy my room she wouldn't tell the easter bunny which kind of eggs i liked

Etymology: warn and encourage

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Parentology

Created by: Nairock

Pronunciation: pair-ren-TALL-oh-gee

Sentence: Her children always do what she says due to her mastery of parentologistic threats.

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