Wordbirds: An Irreverent Lexicon for the 21st Century

Wordbirds: An Irreverent Lexicon for the 21st Century

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Overview

If you’ve escaped binary confinement and find yourself rushing cell-mell to a clusterfete— slurpwalking as you commutikaze—then who are you?

You are a typical citizen of the young millennium, caught up in the fast-paced megatasking socio-professional whirl of our ever-evolving digitally-enhanced lives.

If you’ve ever wondered what to call it when you answer the TV remote instead of the phone, or wished you had a phrase to capture your supervisor’s stealth campaign to stall your career, here is your guide. Now you can say “Oops, droidian slip!” with ease, and call out your boss for the impedimentor that he is. Armed with Wordbirds, you will be able to skillfully talk your way into, or out of, any situation the twenty-first century throws at you.

With 150 gorgeous, Audubony, highly expressive bird illustrations, these neologisms will have you crowing with delight, and show you that fine feathers make fine words. Why birds, you may ask? Hadn’t you heard? The bird is the word.

Now stop deliberotting and open this book!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476713489
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 10/15/2013
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Liesl Schillinger has written for many publications, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, and The New Republic. She is a regular contributor to The New York Times Book Review and translates fiction from French and German.

Elizabeth Zechel is the illustrator and author of the children’s book Is There a Mouse in the Baby’s Room? She has created illustrations for children’s books and cookbooks, as well as for a variety of magazine and literary journals. She lives in Brooklyn.

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Wordbirds


  • The twenty-first century is an intensely visual age, in which, thanks to an ever blurrier definition of gender, an ever sharper definition of physical perfection, and an ever more indulgent attitude toward cosmetic self-enhancement, more and more people choose to look exactly as they wish, without fear of becoming laughingstocks. (Or rather, without fear that anyone will have the guff to let them know they have become laughingstocks.)

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