Volunteered or voluntold?

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Volunteering is a good thing.  I think we can all agree on that.  I volunteer for three organizations locally, and enjoy it very much.

Most of us have been in the situation where we did not volunteer at one time or another.  Someone, usually a boss or spouse, volunteers for us.

I recently found out that if you are “volunteered” it is called voluntold.  As in your boss or spouse voluntold you for a task.   This usually seems to be for a job that is unpleasant. Sometimes this is disguised as a suggestion. Yeah, right.

This made up word is a combination of the words volunteer and told.

I bet  you have been voluntold a time or two.

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