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That Should be a Word

ISBN: 9780761182689
PUBLISHER: Workman Publishing
FORMAT: Paperback
PAGES: 160

Finally there s a word for it: "Fidgital" excessively checking one s devices. "Martyrmony" staying married out of duty. Author of the highly popular That Should Be a Word feature in the "New York Times Magazine," Lizzie Skurnick delights word lovers with razor-sharp social commentary delivered via clever neologisms. "That Should Be a Word "is a compendium of 244 of Skurnick s wittiest wordplays more than half of them new arranged in ingenious diagrams detailing their interrelationships. Complete with definitions, pronunciations, usage examples, and illustrations, "That Should Be a Word"features words on our obsession with food: "carbiter" one who asserts that someone else cannot be hungry. On social media, like "twiticule" to mock someone in 140 characters. On the modern family, like "brattle" to discuss one s children at great length, which leads to words like "spamily" Facebook or Twitter updates about kids and "spawntourage" a group of approaching strollers. From highlighting the profound financial anxiety of a post-recession society ("bangst") to mocking the hyper-vain celebrity circle that abstains from anything of import ("celebracy"), "That Should Be a Word" delves deep into all the most humorous, and maddening, aspects of life in the 21st century."

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