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schrute

verb; zero derivation
To act in a way that alters the outcome of an event in a negative way
 
The term 'schrute' was originally zero derived from the proper noun 'Schrute', referring to Dwight Schrute. In light of the fact that the term was originally a proper noun, this is a classic example of eponymy. The term carries a negative connotation and has undergone some pejoration to arrive at its current meaning as a verb. 'Schrute' has extended into the popular American culture via television, and as a result knowledge of its usage is limited to the viewers of the Office, and as a result is seldom used in everyday language
Etymology : The verb 'schrute' was zero derived from the proper noun 'Schrute', which references the character Dwight Schrute from the popular television series The Office.
Source : The Office (US) in the season 3 episode 'Traveling Salesman' (January 11, 2007). Quote: "Sorry Michael, I really schruted it back there, I promise I'll make it up to you next time though."
Last modified: 4 December 2008


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