Self-forgiveness for weight gain.
“There must be a traveler’s forgiveness for having clotted cream, roasted chicken, and churros in a single week; Zach felt a kind of flabsolution.”
Being stuck around a person who won’t stop talking.
“Paula always found faculty parties the worst kind of wordition.”
Emotion occasioned by biting into a foodstuff you thought was another flavor.
“Having suffered the bitrayal of raisin for chocolate-chip once too often, Rory sniffed all cookies prepurchase.”
To binge-watch a TV series.
“The couch was littered with Frito detritus, a laptop opened to the Wiki for Game of Thrones, and a set of fuzzy socks, while a Roku screensaver bounced on the TV: Clearly, her roommate had been shoverdosing again.”
To travel with items that feel like home.
“Aurora thought it was insane for Angel to trovel with their grandmother’s fine china, but Angel justified it by insisting that hotel plates were covered with bacteria.”
Don earplugs, eye mask on plane.
“Shannon had found that if she got the earplugs and neck donut on before they even taxied, she could flybernate without interruption up to the descent.”
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As someone who is unintentionally using made up words in conversation this book was a delightcore. Buy this book!
Lizzie Skurnick’s deft, droll dicing and splicing to create words for the way we live now has been can’t-miss Sunday-morning reading. ‘There should be a book for that!’ I’ve thought...and I’m so glad there is.
Lizzie Skurnick is an author, a columnist, and the editor-in-chief of Lizzie Skurnick Books, an imprint that brings back YA classics for teen-lit fans. She has also written ten books for teens. A contributor to NPR, The New York Times Book Review, and many other publications, she is the author of Shelf Discovery, a memoir of teen reading inspired by her “Fine Lines” column on Jezebel.com. She lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.