Win a copy of Liesl Schillinger’s, WORDBIRDS by leaving a comment with your very own favorite (made-up) word and it’s definition. Contest ends Dec. 1, 2013. Enter as many words as you like!
WORDBIRDS An Irreverent Lexicon for the 21st Century, by Liesl Schillinger celebrates an imaginative world of vocabulary.
I have no aversion to made-up words. When I was younger we were far more playful though with our vocabulary. At the age of 15 cute boys were “ducks” (thanks to beloved author Francesca Lia Block), bad boys were “lizards”, and overly enthusiastic skirt-chasers were just “pervy”.
In more recent years I’ve been introduced to the word “TEVS”, which is a shortened version of “What-evs”. (That one’s quite useful.)
Here are a few of my favorite new words from Liesl’s new book:
Mood Hair (n. phrase) ‘mood hehr A phenomenon associated with those whose hair color starts the month in vivid hue, but fades over the weeks to a pale shadow… only to return to vibrancy when a new box of dye is deployed.
The TV anchor’s mood hair typically fluctuated between lemon-yellow and cotton-white, but on rare occasions it would glow orange, or even green.
SUPERPERVISOR (N.) soo-per-’purv-vyz-ur Supervisor know for making hiring choices based on sex appeal, and/or for making inappropriate overtures to employees.
On her first day of work Jessica thought it was odd that so many women in her department looked like her-petite and red-haired. But when the boss came over and started flirting, she realized it was no accident; he was a superpervisor, and she was his “type”.
DELIBEROT (v.) duh-”lib-ur-rot To waste hours, days, or years mulling over a situation until it’s too late to amend it.
Should she give up acting and become a therapist? Nadia deliberotted for a decade, never getting around to applying to grad school, and never getting a part in a show that lasted longer than a few weeks.
CELL-MELL (adv.) ‘sell-’mell The reckless, life-threatening manner in which people text or talk on their cell phones while driving, bike riding, or walking in traffic.
Walking cell-mell across the intersection, Andy was so absorbed in texting his girlfriend that he nearly got hit by a truck, and didn’t even look up from his BlackBerry when the brakes squealed.
SLURPWALKING (n.) ‘slurp-wok-king The American habit of walking while drinking something – whether it be juice from a box, coffee from a cup, water from a bottle, or soda from a can.
While slurpwalking to the office, reading the morning paper, Irina failed to notice that her bottle of carrot juice had leaked, spilling a vivid orange stain down her coat.
I have an extra copy of Liesl Schillinger’s, WORDBIRDS‘s to give-a-way to one lucky reader.
To be entered to win: Leave a comment with your very own favorite made-up word and it’s definition.
We can’t wait to hear from you!
Contest ends Dec. 1, 2013.
Enter as many made-up words as you wish!