After reading the Hunger Games trilogy (very engaging but also a very sad theme/story), I knew my next book had to be one that makes me laugh. I have to change up the genres between books. It’s like when I see a horror or psychological thriller, I immediately watch some comedy to lighten the mood again!
So what was staring at me from my bedside table? Anna Lefler’s The Chicktionary: From A-line to Z-snap, the words every woman should know.
Before I go further, let me share with you another tidbit of information about me. Nerd Alert: I used to read the dictionary when I was younger….
Yes that’s right and don’t laugh; it increased my vocabulary tremendously! So when I saw Chick-tionary, fond memories of my dictionary reading days surfaced.
So I cracked open the book and randomly turned to the Ls and the first word is:
“Labia. Who makes this stuff up? Seriously, how did this brainstorming session go, exactly? Here you have this incredibly intimate, erotic part of a woman’s body – the very gateway into the sexual and reproductive realm – and the best we’ve got is labia? Labia sounds like something growing in your armpit that needs to be lanced. And, please, don’t trot out that old “it comes from Latin” line again. Haven’t we blamed enough on the Romans? They’re not even around to defend themselves. No, we need to step up, acknowledge that this name stinks, and come up with a better one. Like “threshold of awesomeness.” Hey, it’s a jumping-off point.”
See what I mean!! Funny!
Other words I laughed out loud at – “Vajazzle”, “Twi-tard”, “Training Bra”, “Residual Girlfriend”, and “It Happens to Everyone” just to name a few. You may think you know what these terms mean and even use some of them yourself, but leave it to Anna to give us a whole new view on them! She also includes little fun facts for various words as well.
Anna takes everyday words, and words I had never heard before, and defines them from the perspective of a typical contemporary woman. This book is extremely refreshing and wittily comedic. With over 450 words and phrases, you’ll have the vocabulary you need to use in friendly (and not-so-friendly) conversations.
The CHICKtionary by Anna Lefler – Official Book Trailer
Praise for Chicktionary
I have to tell you that Anna Lefler’s CHICKtionary is pure genius. I always knew she was funny but the definitions you will find in this must-read guide to the way women speak are sure to make you laugh until you pee.
~ Stefanie Wilder-Taylor, comedian and author of Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay: And Other Things I Had to Learn as a New Mom
Anna Lefler is an American original. She isn’t merely blazingly smart and achingly funny. She’s also so utterly sympatico with what women think and how women talk that years from now sociologists will be consulting CHICKtionary as the only true and tested source on the challenging but wholly worthy subject. The English language has a true friend in Anna. So, of course, do women.
~ Beth Kephart, National Book Award Finalist and author of thirteen books, both fiction and non-fiction including, most recently, YOU ARE MY ONLY.
Want Your Own Copy of Chicktionary?
Guess what – Anna has shared a copy of her book, a Things To Do pad, and a bookmark for a giveaway here on the blog. See, she cares about my readers just as much as I do Thank you Anna!
Simple to enter: So here’s what you do – share one of your favorite words or phrases along with its definition (from your perspective) below in the comments and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a copy of Chicktionary!
Deadline: Winner will be announced Wednesday, April 25th.
Eligibility: Must be 18 and older and a US/Canada resident.
If you’d rather not wait for the giveaway, order your copy now (not an affiliate link).
So go ahead and tell us what your favorite word or phrase is. I love learning new things!
CONTEST OVER – WINNER IS KRISTIN B. FROM WANDERLUST!
Thanks to all who participated!