[Ads-l] voluntold

Bill Mullins amcombill at HOTMAIL.COM
Tue Aug 1 15:54:32 UTC 2023

I don't see this term in either the ADS-L archives or in the OED.  Some other dictionaries have it, though.


1996 [Sault St. Marie ONT] Sault Star 22 Jul B1/4

But district president Jim said there is a grain of truth to their jokes because, "you don't volunteer to do something, you get voluntold to do it."


2001 [San Angelo TX] San Angelo Standard-Times 14 Aug 4D/3

I made an executive decision to not run and called my Dad on Friday and "voluntold" him to come down and run for me.


2005 South Bend Tribune 24 June E2/2

"I was volun-told," Village Manager Gibson said.



2004 [Waterloo IA] Hometowner 7 Jan 2/6

We call them voluntolds, because they're being told to do it.


2004 [Grand Prairie ALB] Daily Herald-Tribune 16 Apr 67/5

Mandatory volunteer programs through Workfare, Community Service Order and school mandated community work have created a new class of volunteers sometimes called "voluntolds."


2007 Central Alberta Life 28 May A4/4

"We have a lot of 'voluntolds' in our organization," she chuckles.


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