Publisher: Adams Media, 2011
Genre: Non-Fiction, Humor
Where I Got It: From TLC Book Tours
Why I Read It: I’m out of touch with many modern slang terms and I wanted to be in the know. Plus it sounded funny.
My Rating: 4 stars
As the subtitle states, The CHICK-tionary covers “From A-Line to Z-Snap, the Words Every Woman Should Know.” Containing 450+ words that “no woman can live without” (well, I could do without cameltoe and cankles), The CHICK-tionary is that rarest of reference books—one with attitude and a sense of humor. Organized by alphabetical order (like a real dictionary!), The CHICK-tionary is perfect for browsing for a giggle or for times when you hear a term and wonder exactly what it means.
I’m one of those clueless dorks who is aware of various pop culture terms but don’t really know what they mean. For example, back when MILF started floating around, I was mystified about what it stood for. Same for when “cougar” started being bandied about. I’d have to ask Mr. Jenners what those terms meant … and have to endure both his incredulity and mocking. So, for someone who is perennially out of touch with pop culture slang, The CHICK-tionary helps me save face and seem “with it.” (Also, this was my first glimpse into all the possibilities of what could be done with your pubic hair—from “landing strip” to “vajazzle” to “merkin.” I had NO IDEA there were so many possibilities for that area.)
Besides illuminating me about the meaning of various terminology, The CHICK-tionary was a fun read as well. Anna Lefler has a sense of humor and she’s not afraid to use it … or tell it like it is. Perhaps the best way to convey the tone and feel of the book is to share a few of the definitions with you.
Beta Baby, noun
The heavily scrutinized first child born into a circle of female friends. The beta baby provokes a spectrum of reactions among group members, ranging from fascination and affection to annoyance and naked envy, depending on the friend’s current marital and/or relationship status and the degree to which the beta baby disrupts the group. Although scientists work to pioneer methods for testing the resilience of the female friendship dynamic, it is unlikely that a more effective instrument than the beta baby will ever be developed.
What is it about a poncho? What does that question even mean? Anyway, a poncho is like a tarp for a person—you throw it on, pop your head through a hole, and most everything is covered. The poncho is one of those timeless pieces of clothing that, although it becomes trendy every so often, never truly goes out of style, particularly if it’s made from something swanky like cashmere. Bonus features of a poncho include the ease of hiding things under it (see also: pooch) and that it may come with pom-poms that bounce around like crazy when you run.
Girl Scout Cookies, noun
The SCUD missile of dessert items, Girl Scout cookies can blast through the most impenetrable of diets and make rubble of ironclad New Year’s resolutions faster than you can say “I’ll take four boxes of Samoas.” What is it about these things? You know if they were on the supermarket shelves, you’d walk right past them without a second look, right? Is it their limited-time availability? The fact that you get hit up for them at the office when you’d rather do anything than finish writing that report? Is it the smiles of little girls whose hopes and dreams have not yet been crushed under the boulder of life’s realities? More importantly, is anyone selling them here today, right now? We’ve got CASH, people!
My only real complaint is that Lefler neglected to include a definition for “hooking up,” which Mindy Kaling rightly points out in her book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, needs to be defined. Does it mean sex? a rigorous bout of kissing? I think Lefler missed out a chance to define this most nebulous of terms, which certainly cries out for a definition as it leaves me terribly confused whenever I read US Weekly.
This light and breezy book would be a perfect gift for your “bestie” or a sister or an older niece or an out-of-touch older person (much like myself) who needs to get with the times and stop misusing terms like “cougar.” And, good news for you, I will be giving away my copy in January!