Verboticism: Cornervate

'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: 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


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


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Created by: Bellman

Pronunciation: In-ti-moat-i-vay-shun

Sentence: "Well, I'd better go out amongst the ranks and spread some intimotivation."

Etymology: From 'intimidate' and 'motivation'.

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Created by: voxexmachina


Sentence: His writing skills improved after I inspulted them.


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Created by: chris

Pronunciation: benni-fret

Sentence: My great-aunt Sybil could benefreat like no-one else - especially where the terms of her will and her considerable fortune were concerned

Etymology: benefit + threat

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Created by: stormee

Pronunciation: Pun-ish-ek-toe-me

Sentence: Punishectomy was used, when the child brought home poor grades.

Etymology: To threaten removal of anything of enjoyment.


Good word and a bit scary sounding!!! - wordmeister, 2006-12-20: 09:57:00


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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.

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Created by: Madamemojo



Etymology: war+on+terror+lingus

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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: ArsMajika

Pronunciation: TAWN-taw-lo-JEE

Sentence: Mom guilted me into finishing my masters with Tauntology

Etymology: Taunt + Psychology

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Created by: ChrisCarrk

Pronunciation: moh-tih-thray-shun

Sentence: Her motithreation realy inspired the kids to eat thier peas!

Etymology: motivation+threat

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