Forced fun would be the dreaded company outing with icebreakers and other group activities meant for enjoyment but often achieve the opposite. But, what is a single word that defines this?

  • The major drawback in working for ElboniaCo was the unavoidable requirement to participate in the company's ill-conceived ______ activities.
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    If there’s not a word for that, there should be. Unfortunately, “they” don’t like people making up new words around here. But you can try to further your cause by editing your question to show an example sentence with a fill-in-the-blank ____ where this word would go. Jun 6, 2023 at 1:07
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    Teambuilding has that implication
    – Stuart F
    Jun 6, 2023 at 1:24
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    @MarcInManhattan — Yes, it is. I’m just trying to hint that adding a sample sentence might extend the question’s life, but it might not prevent its closure. It’s worth a try, though. Jun 6, 2023 at 1:50
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    @Stuart F It probably works even without scare quotes. Jun 6, 2023 at 11:00
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    @Stuart F or what about 'bonding'? You don't think that is exactly what Ed Ash is surreptitiously trying to achieve?
    – Tuffy
    Jun 6, 2023 at 11:27

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That word would be fundatory.

It hasn’t hit the big books (let’s say, the Oxford English Dictionary*) yet, but it can be found in the wild.

Here’s a sentence from The ECoaching Continuum for Educators — Using Technology to Enrich Professional Development and Improve Student Outcomes (Marcia L. Rock, 2019):

Most teachers, other school professionals, administrators, and eCoaches agree that all should guard against the perils of mandated fun, also known as “fundatory” activities, and focus instead on engaging in authentic, meaningful enterprises that help learning team members work well togwther in better meeting the needs of the whole child.

Preview here

Also be sure to check out Urban Dictionary entries for fundatory:

any event or function that is intended to be fun, but is mandatory and will most likely suck

mandatory fun activities that happen at work, which are never actually fun at all

Who knows? Maybe the OED will offer your own sentence as an early example usage someday.

* Therein can be found the “now rare” word fundatory (relating to the founding of something), but that’s not this.


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