As a writer, I’m always looking for words to add to my vocabulary. After all, there are only so many synonyms for “apply,” “bangs,” and “eyebrows” out there—you can take me at my word on this one. So I was very excited to hear about Liesl Schillinger’s new book Wordbirds: An Irreverent Lexicon for the 21st Century, a quirky dictionary of language she invented to keep up with the times. (For example, I now know what to call the intimidatingly pierced hipsters I spot downtown: baitfaces.) It also has a slew of drawings by Elizabeth Zechel to illustrate the meaning of the terms (that’s her noseblob bird, above). What’s a noseblob, you say? “Noseblob (n.) The result of an overly thorough nose job, which leaves the patient with too little trace of his formerly distinguishing feature. Monica asked the surgeon to make her nose look like Kate Middleton’s, but the resulting noseblob made her look more like a Muppet than a princess.”
A few more of my style-related favorites:
Brightbite (n.) One who bleaches his teeth until they reach an implausible degree of whiteness.
Exeshoetion (n.) The destruction of a fine pair of shoes (usually accidental).
Masculara (n.) Mascara, when applied by trendy men.
Shights (n.) Inane fashion trend of wearing shorts over tights or patterned leggings.
Youthflake (n.) Adult who mimics the dress style of the younger generation, or who continues to dress as if he or she were still in his or her teens or twenties.
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