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That Should
Be a Word

Author of the highly popular feature in The New York Times Magazine, Lizzie Skurnick delights word lovers with razor-sharp social commentary delivered via clever neologisms. That Should Be A Word is a compendium of 250 of Skurnick’s wittiest wordplays—more than half of them new—arranged in ingenious diagrams detailing their interrelationships.


If there were a single word that could describe how dazzlingly smart and fun this book is, peerless neologician Lizzie Skurnick have to invent it, because no one else can.

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

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 She lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.

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