Verboticism: Dreadtuate

'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.

Create | Read

Already Voted

Vote not counted. We have already counted two anonymous votes from your network. If you haven't voted yet, you can login and then we will count your vote.


You still have one vote left...


Created by: Lyokia

Pronunciation: Ver-bu-salasity

Sentence: She used her favorite verbusality to get her kid to do her bidding.

Etymology: verbal-abuse

Vote For | Comments and Points


Created by: memexikon

Pronunciation: l tru may tum

Sentence: The liberals continue to deliver strong altrumatums to the White House.

Etymology: altrumism + ultimatum

Vote For | Comments and Points



Created by: microwavedboy

Pronunciation: Threat-i-va-shun-al

Sentence: My mother and her endless threativational speeches kept my room, heart, and mind clean.

Etymology: I really can foresee threativational posters on people's cubicle walls in the future.

Vote For | Comments and Points


Created by: jedijawa

Pronunciation: nag-whip

Sentence: Betty nagwhipped everyone in the office to do her bidding.

Etymology: nag + whipped

Vote For | Comments and Points


Created by: darlingdiva

Pronunciation: a-mel-ior-bate


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

Vote For | Comments and Points


Created by: Fenners


Sentence: Please portentuate me!


Vote For | Comments and Points



Created by: librarian

Pronunciation: un'-fi-threat

Sentence: If you don't cure cancer, I won't do the dishes!

Etymology: unifit + threat as in the threat does not fit the required result.

Vote For | Comments and Points


Created by: ErWenn

Pronunciation: /in-'ti-m&-"nag/

Sentence: Aunt Petunia never figured out that her nephews just didn't enjoy brussel sprouts the way she did, and so her threats to not cook any came across more as intiminagging.

Etymology: from intimidate + nag

Vote For | Comments and Points


Created by: TwoSheds


Sentence: I often parenlietivate, it's good for my kids

Etymology: Parent+lie+motivate

Vote For | Comments and Points


Created by: wiccanfey

Pronunciation: Lame-threat-ta-vay-tion

Sentence: Molly always used the lametheativation that if Rudolph didn't eat his carrots his nose would turn black.

Etymology: Lame, threat, motivation

Vote For | Comments and Points

Show All or More...