If a receptionist is a person who greets and deals with visitors to a office, can deceptionist be an acceptable English word to describe a person who delays and blocks visitors to a office, especially one who impedes visitors meeting the boss?

Or is there a better word?

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    Sounds like an excellent choice to me, witty even. – Brian Donovan Jun 16 '14 at 22:10
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    No, because delaying and blocking visitors are not deceptions. – Oldcat Jun 16 '14 at 22:54
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    @Oldcat I think it's implicit that there's some deception if the receptionist is deliberately delaying people (as opposed to merely informing them of a genuine delay). – starsplusplus Jun 17 '14 at 1:21
  • @Oldcat Also, portmanteaus don't always perfectly fit the definitions of both words they're made up of. I'd excuse it in this case, at least, because of the witty rhyme. – Blacklight Shining Jun 17 '14 at 1:23
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    It's a clever coinage, but indicates that the receptionist is lying. If that's what you want to express, go for it. – outis nihil Jun 17 '14 at 10:39

Of course a receptionist will often also be responsible for turning away those attempting to see the "boss" sometimes by redirecting to more appropriate members of staff and sometimes by insisting that the person that they wish to see is absent or otherwise engaged.

A deceptionist would to me suggest someone who attempts to deceive - some better words for one who tries to deflect visitors might include: Guardian, Gatekeeper, Cerberus, Filter, Deflector.

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