Verboticism: Appealure

'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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Created by: dkrider


Sentence: My boss tried to threatinspire me to work harder by revoking my bathroom privileges.

Etymology: threaten + inspire


good sentence! - jrogan, 2006-12-19: 01:13:00


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Created by: janedoe

Pronunciation: Fol-ee-graft

Sentence: I follygraphed when I convinced my co-worker that if he xeroxed a huge stack of papers, he'd get promoted to CEO.

Etymology: Folly + polygraph

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Created by: oddnuance

Pronunciation: Per-sult

Sentence: You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar, but persulting can work just as well.

Etymology: Persuade + Insult

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Created by: Hjason

Pronunciation: Hair-ripca-jole-ist

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

Etymology: hair-rip-cajole


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


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Created by: omista

Pronunciation: crush-sti-GAYT

Sentence: To get the most out of his new hires John was known to crushtigate them during training. They always start out strong but turn over was horrendous.

Etymology: crush + instigate

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Created by: mrskellyscl

Pronunciation: in-sen-tip

Sentence: Nothing can motivate a child to behave like a verse of that old favorite Christmas incentip and sing-a-long, "Santa Claus is Coming to Town." It begins harmlessly enough, "You'd better watch out, you'd better not cry, you'd better not pout, I'm telling you why....," but it's really creepy that "he sees you when your sleeping, he knows when you're awake." Just what else does Santa know?

Etymology: incentive: something such as the fear of punishment or the expectation of reward that motivates behavior + tip: inside information or helpful hint or warning

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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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Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: sin vig orayt

Sentence: The message in Brother James' sermon was meant to sinvigorate his congregation. He told them that as long as they were spending so much of their earnings on Christmas presents and parties, they should donate the same amount to his Church of the Everlasting Redemption. He also told them that having money leftover from their Christmas spending could provide temptation to spend unwisely and lead them to sin, so they could save themselves by donating more to his good works. His parishoners blindly gave to his church in order to receive salvation, but wondered how the good Brother James could afford to drive a Cadillac and fly so often to crusades in Hawaii, Monaco and Las Vegas. The Lord does work in mysterious ways indeed.

Etymology: Sin (commit a sin; violate a law of God or a moral law;commit a faux pas or a fault or make a serious mistake) & Invigorate (impart vigor, strength, or vitality to;give life or energy to; to heighten or intensify)

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Created by: jimmj43

Pronunciation: co-MOD-er-rate

Sentence: Internet bulleting board posters frequently get coMODerated for unacceptable behavior.


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Created by: Bulletchewer

Pronunciation: me-ga-nag

Sentence: She had to meganag before Charles put pen to paper.

Etymology: From "nag" meaning to pester, with mega describing the results thereof.

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