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Wordbirds: An Irreverent Lexicon for the 21st Century
Liesl Schillinger and Elizabeth Zechel, illustrator
Simon and Schuster
224 pages
October 2013
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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Wordbirds is a breath of fresh air wafting through the usually stuffy, slow-to-change atmosphere that has kept dictionaries from keeping up with the times. Liesl Shillinger’s creative word mashups will have you chuckling, shaking your head and thinking “Why didn’t I think of that?” The addition of Elizabeth Zechel’s bird illustrations add another dimension of whimsy to an already fun read.

Some particularly fun entries include gems like

  • Tweet show: suggestive pics unleashed on the word via Twitter Twitler: people who vilify the famous on Twitter
  • Recognore: to pretend not to see someone because it would be awkward to speak to them
  • Phrasefreeze: To forget what you meant to say
  • Eservations: To make reservations online
  • Screeenstressed: To be staring at your computer screen until you can’t see straight.
  • Roborage: Getting angry after your umpteenth telemarketing call
  • Nosoh (pronounced noso): someone with no sense of humor
  • GP ASS: A person who follows GPS directions blindly ignoring the body of water they are about to drive into
Wordbirds is a quick, entertaining read perfect for word nerds, technology geeks, and anyone who wants to have a good giggle.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. © Karri Watson, 2014

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