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 WordSuggest a correction