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sabotagery

noun; back formation 'sabotage' + '-[e]ry'
sabotagery, n. the act of sabotage, usually of someone else's plan
 
Sabotagery was formed by a back formation regarding the word 'sabotage' and the suffix '-ery,' such as in 'trickery.' Both trickery and sabotagery have to do with some sort of deceit, so there may be a bit of sound symbolism involved if the -ery is there to make the action have a more negative connotation.
Etymology : Sabotagery has the root sabotage, which came from the French word sabotage, from saboter, 'to sabotage, bungle,' or literally, 'walk noisily.' This came from sabot, 'wooden shoe,' showing metaphor since when walking noisily, there's a larger chance of sabotaging/bungling a plan.
Source : "Your sabotagery is going to kill my grade!" - Rice student doing math homework 11/5/08
Last modified: 27 November 2008


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