Verboticism: Enthreaten

'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: MTwain

Pronunciation: Hyo - MIL- tiv- ate

Sentence: "You'll be sorry" is one way that our boss humiltivates us to grow...

Etymology: Humiliate + Motivate = Humiltivate

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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: krisynxkhaos

Pronunciation: in-ver-di-cate.

Sentence: I'm not afraid to inverdicate students.

Etymology: invigorate + verdict + ate.

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Created by: phanson

Pronunciation: add - monn - adge

Sentence: My mother used to admonage me to clean my room, by threatening to cut of my limbs if I did not

Etymology: Encouragement, Admonish

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Created by: wysware

Pronunciation: in-flu-men-ace

Sentence: I'm not trying to influmenace you - but you will be very sorry if you don't do what i want.

Etymology: influence (motivate) menace (scare)

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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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Created by: Madamemojo



Etymology: war+on+terror+lingus

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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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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: Nosila

Pronunciation: san ta bag

Sentence: Merry knew that the only way to persuade her son, Nicholas into cleaning up his room for Christmas was to santabag him. She told him things like that he'd get no new toys if Santa thought he had no room for them or a new teddy bear would refuse to live in such squalor. It worked and he cleaned up his room! Too bad she could not santabag the rest of the year.

Etymology: Santa (Christmas Jolly Old Elf) & Bag (an activity that you like or at which you are superior); Wordplay on Sandbag (compel by coercion, threats, or crude means;downplay one's ability (towards others) in a game in order to deceive)

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