Verboticism: Frightenspire

'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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Taskorize

Created by: purpleartichokes

Pronunciation: task-or-ize

Sentence: Although Bob thought he had created a brilliant report, his boss called him to taskorize him to provide more details, or face yet another disappointing performance appraisal.

Etymology: task, terrorrize

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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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Petation

Created by: Dylanor

Pronunciation: Pehtayshun

Sentence: Stop with the petation already!

Etymology:

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Goshfather

Created by: maxxy

Pronunciation: GAHSH-fah-ther

Sentence: Jim's boss goshfathered him into staying late by threatening to take away his leather desk set.

Etymology: Gosh (a petty exclamation) + father (master)

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Crushstigate

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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Whitemail

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Created by: ubgrud

Pronunciation: wyte-male

Sentence: She whitemailed me into going to the store.

Etymology: white - opposite of black mail - as in "black mail"

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Pettifer

Created by: dragonprincess

Pronunciation: pet-i-fur

Sentence: Santa won't come unless you clean your room!

Etymology: 'petti' comes from the english word petty. The 'fur' part of the verd makes it a comand

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Petthreat

Created by: Carlyumz

Pronunciation: Pet-fret

Sentence: When hiring a new employee i find it best to issue petthreats to break their spirits.

Etymology: Petty + threat

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Instigize

Created by: mweinmann

Pronunciation: ins - ti - jize

Sentence: Penny's motive in telling fibs and gently coercing her loved ones was to instigize them into action.

Etymology: instigate, energize

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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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COMMENTS:

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

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