You're all over the definitions of "low lights," "ruching," and a "tankini." But can you spot a "Mrs. Potato Head" when you see one?
That's where The Chicktionary comes in. With the help of Anna Lefler and her collection of 450+ must-know words and phrases, you'll be in the know when faced with terms like Aberzombie, Bandeau, George Glass, and Puma.
So whether you are dealing with a Residual Girlfriend, diagnose yourself with a bad case of Basset Knees, or need to go on a Briet, you'll be prepared for all that comes your way. At the very least, this book will serve as a delightful reminder that everyone has a skeleton in her closetright next to her fat pants.
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About the Author
Anna Lefler is an award-winning writer and humorist whose work has appeared online at various humor websites including McSweeney's Internet Tendency and FunnyNotSlutty. She also writes a popular humor blog, lifejustkeepsgettingweirder.blogspot.com. Lefler currently lives in California with her husband, their son and daughter, and some judgmental dogs.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Still wondering how it is that women communicate in such odd and sometimes seemingly telepathic ways? Wonder no longer! Anna Lefler¿s debut non-fiction novel, The Chicktionary: From A-line to Z-snap, the words every woman should know, shares the essential verbiage for communicating effectively and intelligently without looking like a ¿hot mess¿.This was a hysterical look at some of the terms used on an almost every day basis in my life. Yes, growing up with two sisters and no brothers I¿m pretty well versed in the sometimes subtle or not-so-subtle ways women communicate. What was hilarious about Lefler¿s book was her ability to put each word into a specific scenario in such a short amount of space. Take the phrase ¿I Hate You¿ for example: This is one of those expressions that is, as they say, all in the delivery. If spoken in a menacing or even straightforward manner, it¿s meaning is, well, pretty clear. If, on the other hand, it¿s exclaimed by one female to another with a seemingly warm or jovial inflection, it becomes a complex expression of admiration and/or envy. An example of this more subtle use of the phrase might be: ¿Omigod, that dress makes you look so skinny! I hate you!¿ It¿s important to realize that when someone uses this expression with you she actually does in some small way, hate you. (p. 97, The Chicktionary by Anna Lefler)It¿s endings like that that have you rolling on the ground laughing, because honestly¿who hasn¿t said or thought that very thing at one point in their life? If you haven¿t you probably need to spend more hanging out with your girlfriends. In some places it did remind me that I need to get together with my sisters again in the very near future actually. To be honest, after reading it I felt a bit of pressure to incorporate as many words as I could from the book into my review, but I¿m just not that funny. I¿ll leave that to Anna as she has perfected the art.Anna Lefler has a knack for knowing just how women think and The Chicktionary is brilliant! It¿s obvious Lefler spent countless hours with other women because I¿m not sure how you could come up with all the terms found in this little gem. Even after growing up in a family of all girls where my father constantly felt like the odd man out I still discovered a few new terms to add to my own ¿Chicktionary¿. If you are in need of either a fantastic guidebook to women¿s communication or simply a laugh out loud afternoon of reading then you must pick up The Chicktionary by Anna Lefler.My original review was posted at Chick Lit Reviews and News.