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Monday, July 7, 2008

Daily Candy Lexicon

Although this is targeted to youngish urban women, it's pretty funny for word-lovers of all sorts. The Daily Candy Lexicon -- words that don't exist, but should -- is now a book (order it here). You can get a flavor by reading a sample or the press release:
Are you a cereal monogamist? Annoyed your party was crashed by a nontourage? Proud to be a whor d'ouevre? Whether it's a group of surfers, bankers, or co-workers, every clique has its own dialect -- and now young urban women have one, too....

Dany Levy, founder and editor-in-chief of DailyCandy [says,] "Upon hearing the words, most will know exactly what the definitions are. After all, there's only one way to describe annoyingly loud cell phone conversations (yellular) or that older woman dressing way too flashy for her age (teenile)."

... Some examples include: drimming, a verb, meaning drunk instant-messaging; fabric-ation, a noun, is the involuntary impulse to lie when the salesgirl asks what size you are; lady business casual, an adverb, is when your hoo-ha is past due for a wax; post-modem, a noun, is the freak-out you experience when your Internet goes dead; gabbin pressure, a noun, is the sense of obligation to chat to the person next to you during a flight; snoopid, an adjective, means leaving an obvious trail when snooping through your mate's belongings; and SCUM, an acronym, is a Self-Centered Urban Male.
Remember Rich Hall's "Sniglets"? Different generation, same idea, still pretty funny.

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