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That should be a word : a language lover's guide to choregasms, povertunity, brattling, and 250 other much-needed terms for the modern world / Lizzie Skurnick ; illustrations by Janne Iivonen.

Skurnick, Lizzie. (Author). Iivonen, Janne, (illustrator.).

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  • ISBN: 9780761184188
  • ISBN: 076118418X
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (256 pages)
  • Publisher: New York : Workman Publishing Company, 2015.

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Finally theres a word for it: Fidgital —excessively checking ones 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 Skurnicks 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 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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Online resource; title from READ title page (OverDrive, viewed April 27, 2015).
Subject: HUMOR / General.
English language > New words > Humor.
English language > Dictionaries > Humor.
Vocabulary > Humor.
LITERARY CRITICISM / American / General.
Genre: Electronic books.

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