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Lizzie Skurnick's That Should Be A Word concocts witty wordplay

05/11/2015 02:53 EDT | Updated 05/11/2016 05:59 EDT
The English language is constantly changing, and no one appears to be contributing more to that than New York Times magazine columnist Lizzie Skurnick.

Skurnick is known for her popular feature "That Should be a Word," a column featuring witty and clever wordplay that often perfectly describes something or someone when no other existing word will do.

For example: that feeling you get immediately after you've hit the gym, as if you're already getting thinner? That's known as slimbiosis, according to Skurnick, who says she just has a "weird talent" for making up words.

"Ever since I was a little girl I've loved to rhyme," she told The Early Edition's Rick Cluff from New York.

"I love analogies and I love making stuff up so when I started this column, all of that came together in this ability to coin words. Honestly I didn't even know I had it."

Skurnick has collected and concocted neologisms for years, and now she's put them into a new book, That Should Be a Word. Here are just some of the wordplays found in the book.

Martyrmony: staying married out of duty

Fidgital: excessively checking one's devices

Sipster: one who expresses coolness through drinks

Gafftermath: the fallout from a scandal

Brattle: to talk too much about your children

Skinjecture: to try and figure out whether someone's had plastic surgery

To hear the full interview with Lizzie Skurnick, listen to the audio labelled: New York Times magazine writer discusses That Should Be a Word

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