v. To cause a person to become bored or cynical about work.
Can you imagine efficient private companies still working only with paper? How many man-hours must be dilberted away? How many delays? How many errors—or flat-out frauds?
It's been weeks since the article "La Salle Blues" appeared in this column and my e-mail is still drowning with messages exploding with reactions ranging from the angry to the asinine, amusing to the assholic. . . . The humorous ripple originally calculated to tickle some mirth into the office ennui of the Dilberted instead unleashed a vituperous tsunami.
To a class that Adams refers to as worker bees, Dilbert and his creator are heroes. Beleaguered workers refer to the abuses inflicted upon them as "being Dilberted."
This verb arises from a grammatical shift of the name of the "Dilbert" comic strip and/or its eponymous main character. The early citations for this new sense only quoted the definition, usually as part of some lame "figuring out geekspeak" article.