Monday, December 12, 2011

The CHICK-tionary: Review and Giveaway

Can we increase our intelligence as we get older?

I enjoy reading the dictionary to learn new words or to study words I already know. On Wednesdays I often stop by BermudaOnion's Weblog to peruse her Wondrous Words Wednesday meme. Call me a geek or a nerd (or a logophile), but I love words, and routinely add new ones to my vocabulary list.

Published in 2011, The CHICK-tionary: From A-Line to Z-Snap, the Words Every Woman Should Know by Anna Lefler is a tongue-in-cheek collection of more than 450 words (and some phrases) in alphabetical order (like a regular dictionary). There were many terms in it that I'd never heard before, such as cankles, denim rage, Fauxga, and scrimmage marriage (popular in the state I live in, CA). I do feel smarter now, or at least more well-informed. I laughed out loud numerous times at some of the outrageous definitions. Anna Lefler skillfully uses exaggeration to make her book as humorous as possible (which helps to soften the sting of what she's describing).

The CHICK-tionary, noun
Droll and amusing source book for women of a certain age

Whether you're an alpha girl, bag hag, cougar, puma, or just a regular gal, contending with Aunt Flo, a baby bump, flapjacks, or just a below-average mood, this book will lift your spirits. It deserves a special place on the shelf near other reference books, or next to your chick lit.

Good news! The publisher, Adams Media, is offering a copy of The Chicktionary as a giveaway (U.S./Canada only).

  • To enter this giveaway, simply leave a comment.
  • For another chance at winning, become a follower of this blog, or let me know that you're already a follower, or that you subscribe in Google Reader.
  • For an additional chance, post about this contest on your blog, Facebook, or Twitter.

Enter by 5PM PST on Monday, December 26. One lucky winner will be randomly selected and announced on Tuesday, December 27. Good luck!

Special thanks to Lisa from TLC for sending me this book. For more reviews, please visit the other stops on TLC's The Chicktionary book blog tour. To visit Anna Lefler's blog, stop by Life Just Keeps Getting Weirder.


  1. This just sounds like a hilarious read! I'm a follower.


  2. I read a great review of this book and a wonderful guest post by the author over at Dar's site, and think this one sounds wonderful. I love books that make me laugh, and that make me think, and I would love to read this one. This was a really great review today, Suko, and I appreciated it. Please do enter me in your giveaway!


  3. Sounds like an amusing book. Glad you enjoyed it. No need to enter me, though, as my shelves are overflowing as it is. ;)

  4. Thanks for the shout out - you know I love new words! This sounds like a book I'd enjoy!!

  5. A woman of a certain age myself I'd love this book. Good luck to all who enter your giveaway.

  6. I hope the answer to your first question is "YES" !

  7. Thanks so much for having me and for the lovely review! I'm so glad the book made you laugh.

    And thank you, ladies, for the nice comments above!

    Happy Holidays and watch out for those jeggings!

    ;-) Anna

  8. This sounds like a fun book that I would enjoy. I love playing the game Balderdash. We are all given a word, and then we make up a meaning for the word. Well, I guess you have to play it to feel the fun. hee, hee.

    I am a GFC follower.

  9. Each time I've come across a review, the sample words have me laughing. Thank you for the giveaway and best wishes to Anna for success of The CHICK-tionary.

  10. Thanks for all the comments! Anna, thanks very much for stopping by!

  11. This sounds really good! I'd love to be entered into the giveaway. I'm already a GFC follower.


  12. I love that you had your own definition for The CHICK-tionary .. that was clever. it was a fun and enlightening read!

  13. Too funny. I bet my twenty-something nieces know all the 'chick' words! I would probably need the Chicktionary though.

    I'm a follower. I'll post the contest in the sidebar on my blog.

  14. Jenners--thanks!

    Leslie thank you for posting this giveaway in your blog's sidebar!

  15. I keep seeing this one around blog land and it does sound cute. Enjoy your weekend Suko :)

  16. I'm so glad this was such a fun read for you! Thanks for being a part of the tour. I'm featuring your review on TLC's Facebook page today.

  17. I need a definition for "a certain age" ha ha. My teenage daughter and I had fun over the weekend perusing The CHICKtionary and laughing over the definitions. She was able to guess correctly at more of them than I was.

  18. I appreciate all the comments--thanks!

  19. Awesome giveaway. Sounds like something I would enjoy!

    I am a GFC follower: Maria Barrios


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