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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

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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 wi ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published April 7th 2015 by Workman Publishing Company
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karen
Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-laughter
this is a book filled with words that should exist, but do not. yet. for example, Bitrayal which is a perfect word for the Emotion occasioned by biting into a foodstuff you thought was another flavor. this is a word we are not likely to need often, but when we need it, we NEED it.

in order to help reboot the english language and ensure that it doesn't become a dead language anytime soon, i am going to begin peppering my speech with words learned from this book. like so:

not to be Lostentatious, bu
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Mehsi
I love books about words, about people making up new words, about where words come from, and more. This book was a perfect fit for me, and I really enjoyed it a whole lot. I laughed my butt off during several words, and some words had me nodding along, totally agreeing with them. :)

Highly recommended!
Lauren
May 23, 2016 rated it liked it
I mean... It was alright. Like, just barely 3 stars. Here are some of my favorites (and/or the most relevant to my life):

Maditate: Become angrier by trying to calm down.
Theratrooper: Friend who swoops in to commiserate.
Chumbrage: Irritation on a friend's behalf.
Pleisure: The joy of doing nothing.
Bitrayal: Emotion occasioned by biting into a foodstuff you thought was another flavor.
Chewsy: Likes or dislikes certain foods for texture alone.
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Vendela
Dec 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Hilarious and refreshingly diverse in poking fun at the current generation of 20-somethings.
BOOKLOVER EB
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lizzie Skurnick's "That Should Be a Word" is an intriguing and droll lexicon of over two hundred and fifty neologisms. This imaginative and satirical book is an entertaining commentary on human foibles and modern times. For example, how many college grads desperately accept a "povertunity," a job with more status than salary? Is your partner "stardy," someone who habitually starts out late for appointments, driving you to lie about when a scheduled event begins? Are there people you "loave"— lov ...more
Sarah
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Funny, cute and short.
Siyka
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Funny ideas!
Ally
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Read sitting in the aisles of chapters, I loved it. I just wouldn't pay 22$ for it. ...more
Carin
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Occasionally it's good to throw in a lightweight book as a palate cleanser, just like a nice sorbet between courses. Especially if one has been reading the same history book diligently for a month now and never seems to get anywhere.

Lizzie Skurnick is someone I've long been a huge fan of, having loved her memoir Shelf Discovery, about YA novels she loved as a girl and that hold up over time. (It eventually inspired her to start an imprint at Ig Books, reissuing classic YA novels from the 70s and
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Dane Cobain
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.

This is quite a fun little book, a self-proclaimed “language lover’s guide to choregasms, povertunity, brattling, and 250 other much-needed terms for the modern world.” Now, I’m not going to explain what those words mean, and I’m not going to tell you any of the others – if you want to know that, you’ll just have to go out and get it.

I don’t think this is a must-have, but it’s a pretty good laugh and a good way
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Doug Miles
Sep 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Are you guilty of being “Fidgital”, excessive checking of your electronic device? Or are you “Dready”, in a state of being always ready for the worst-case scenario? These are two examples of words that sound legitimate, but are the creation of Lizzie Skurnick author “That Should Be A Word, A Language Lover’s Guide to Choregasms, Povertunity, Brattling and 250 Other Much-Needed Terms for the Modern World”. It’s a fun read with humorous and entertaining examples of words that make sense and might ...more
Kristal Cooper
May 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
I spent the first half of the book being disappointed that it wasn't funny like the Sniglets, then I realized that she was never trying to be humorous. Once I took the concept at face value -- that they're just words that people might possibly use -- I started to appreciate a few of them. The section about social media could easily catch on if enough people heard her proposed words. Not a book I would recommend to anyone for much other than bathroom reading. ...more
Luella
Apr 25, 2015 rated it liked it
I won this book as a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. It was somewhat entertaining and sure did address the need for some words we do need today.

It had a varied mix of words, some universal and some that just really apply to NYC. But in all cases the words are a reflection of today's social norms and just for that alone it is a useful book.

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Leah
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Clever and amusing, this is a perfect book t give to people who enjoy bathroom reading. It is only possible to absorb a couple words at a time. I can imagine a dinner game where people are invited to think of a definition for the word read aloud, and then the book definition is read aloud, points or extra strawberries to the winner of each round.
Kerrikoala
Sep 03, 2015 rated it liked it
I wish I'd found this sooner, because it would have been a quick read for summer reading. Oh well. I can't say I'll be adding any of the words from this book to my vocabulary, and I'm actually a little sad that some of the words are needed. Plus some of the names (in the sample sentences) were really strange. It was okay overall, I guess. ...more
Melissa
Jun 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Pretty funny collection of fake words that SHOULD be real that apply to our modern life. Some of these words were really clever. Saw this on the shelf at my library and figured it would be one I could read (and put down) and read (and put down) when outside with the kids. It was perfect for that. :)
Sarah Hadd
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016
That should have been a desk calendar, not a book. Or maybe I just wasn't supposed to sit and read it in one sitting, maybe it's more of a bathroom reader. Anyway, I was pretty bored with the idea after the first 20 pages or so. ...more
Annie
Apr 14, 2015 rated it liked it
I won this book through Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

It was certainty an interesting book to read. It provided a good laugh here and there. Some words could definitely catch on if enough people used them in today's social setting.

It's a good book to read during spare time.
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Chuck Knudsen
Jul 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Cute. Kind of hard to digest as a book. Might be better served as a 'fake word of the day' calendar or something. ...more
Leslie Hepburn
Sep 18, 2015 rated it liked it
I found this book very entertaining and would recommend it to other word fans. Skurnick is very creative and fun writer! Glad my friend found this gem and loaned it to me
Kirsti
Only mildly amusing. I liked that someone who cancels plans all the time is reliabail, and a friend you'd like to drop is a palbatross. ...more
Carly Krewitsky
Jun 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was very funny. However, some of the definitions and sentences that were used to describe the words were confusing. Some of the sentences went over my head.
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