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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (Sept. 29 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061547565
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061547560
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #226,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“[An] anthem to the joys of male bonding...” (New York Times -- T Style Magazine)

About the Author

Daniel Maurer is a manthropologist and an editor of New York magazine's award-winning food and nightlife blog Grub Street. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Nerve.com, McSweeney's, and Metro. He lives in New York.


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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
If you like the marketing, you will probably like it Aug. 27 2008
By Gagewyn - Published on Amazon.com
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Brocabulary promises a dictionary of all the words a steriotypical "bro" man needs but doesn't have. If that's what you're looking for, then that's what you'll get. Subjects tend to involve beer and women, with the odd foray into smoking pot or activities associated with a restroom.

I found discussions of words for women's clothing to be accurate in their own way. Yep, when a skirt is short enough that I can see the [...] cleavage, it is appropriate to call it a "squirt skirt."

Mixed in are cartoon drawings of women, always curvy with cleavage showing and large lips, and men, kind of scruffy and shaped like their clothes. The pics are drawn well for what they are.

This is a well done version of the concept. If the marketing and the idea of a book of short terms describing women as objects, humorous bodily functions, and drinking with the guys, then you will probably enjoy this.
38 of 45 people found the following review helpful
Best to Hide From Mom July 15 2008
By Richard B. Schwartz - Published on Amazon.com
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What it is is a very clever list of expressions that might be used by a dudeamaniac. It is not a dictionary. The words are nonce-words, not exotic expressions with which you need to be familiarized. For example: a fanimal is a fan who is so hardcore that he's on the verge of being a wild animal. The vulgar expressions are more juvenile and usually more clever, as are the sexual expressions. The book is somewhere between a Jeff Foxworthy humor book and a succession of dirty jokes. It might be put on the jokes-for-the-john hook in an Animal House-type fraternity or it could be the perfect airplane read, so long as you're not sitting next to a person who could be offended by the illustrations. Most of all, it's probably the sort of book that a group of 12 year-olds might pass around as they sip their first beers. That's not to say that it isn't clever. It's very clever, just not very tasteful.
27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Perb? Yes. Perior? Maybe. Preme? No. Aug. 30 2008
By fredtownward - Published on Amazon.com
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I was quite prepared to hate this book. There is an absolute glut on the humorous handbook market, and even the category masters have run out of ideas: The Worst-Case Scenario Almanac: History. However, the "Also by Daniel Maurer" reference to his fictional previous "Guide" gave evidence of a warped enough sense of humor (or mind) to pull this off, and pull this off he does!

The reason it works for me is the surprisingly delicate balancing act. On one level Daniel is giving relatively practical advice to "men" who would aspire to behave like this; on another he is clearly making fun of anyone stupid enough to try to behave like this on a regular basis since the end result is likely to be death or imprisonment, or at the very least divorce or getting dumped. True, the wannabe player can glean some useful tips: if you use your liePhone for cheating on your girl, don't leave it where your girl can find it, but this book is clearly intended more for the older and wiser bro now willing to live vagicariously through the stupidity of others. If you are too mature to do this anymore but just immature enough to be brostalgic about it, this book is for you.

Of course the key to something like this is the quality of the heologisms. Are they something you'd be willing to use cold sober? Are they something you could remember while drunk? How many of these will make the grade of passing into general use? Probably none, but that doesn't mean that some aren't worthy of consideration.

Chances are that we've all engaged in brocrastination. We can all learn the wisdom of friendjamins. We've all felt the urge to manalyze. We've all wondered about the stripping point, been tempted to approxidate, desperately battleshipped, taken someone out to an impresstaurant, at least unintentionally malienated, been on the receiving end of fembellishment, femcroachment, or femtrapment, been sent on embarrassing herrands at certain times of the month, been caught treating something important as vagibberish, wished death or worse on a PDA-hole, and felt the need for freeodorant or freetergent, even if we never indulged. If NOTHING in this book makes you smile, you are either totally lacking in humor,...

or you are reading it while your girlfriend/wife is watching you.

Defects? The most obvious is the lack of an index, perhaps to be fixed upon publication. In a topically arranged lexicon this is absolutely necessary; you won't be able to find your favorites quickly without one even if you haven't been drinking. Overall there are arguably too many lame attempts at humor and too many neologisms that are no improvement on the original; you should definitely page through a copy to make sure that it's your mug of beer, and if you are a woman, you probably shouldn't even bother. This is definitely intended for the guybrary not the library.

But I will definitely be on the lookout for Daniel Maurer's next book.
65 of 82 people found the following review helpful
sub-par, even for a collection of sophmoric jokes July 17 2008
By almosthappy - Published on Amazon.com
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The most impressive aspect of this book is the astonishing fact that a book so full of tasteless garbage is actually getting published by a relatively major publisher. Brocabulary consists of, as the title suggested, a collection of "brocabularies", in the form of a "man-i-festo of dude talk". This fine volume contains chapters such as "ho-cabularies", among other timeless pearls of wisdom. This is the type of book that will inevitably appeal to young men who feel the need for masculine posturing by degrading women in order to assert their insecure gender identity and confused sexual leaning. Undoubtedly, fully-grown Neanderthals who have recently emerged from a hole - including media luminaries such as Don Imus and Howard Stern - will equally find Brocabulary to be brilliant penned and indispensable source for their prime comedy materials. The book is impressively offensive to both women and men, managing to drastically lower the bar of intelligence usually applied to published authors. Fabulous tidbits include an entry for "herrands (aka whore chores)" which are "emasculating errands that you're forced to run for your girlfriend." I like a dirty joke as much as the next guy, but a book full of witless, tasteless, and sexist gags isn't exactly my idea of a good time. But for those who genuinely dig this sorry excuse for a book, I'd wholeheartedly recommend such astute readers to expand their reading horizon, and seek out other fine volumes consist of not only sexist gags, but perhaps homophobic and racist jokes.

The book, as Amazon has described, is for "teens". It is, perhaps, somewhat excusable if this book really was written by a beer-guzzling, sexually frustrated acne sufferer who has yet been taught the fundamentals of human decency. The book's author, Mr. Daniel Maurer (the esteemed editor for the Nightlife section of the New York Magazine WEBSITE), however, is shockingly not a teen, but a gentleman in his ripened old age of mid-thirties. It likely took a lot of effort for him to pen this brilliant Manifesto between long days of wedging his head farther and farther up his creative orifice and trying to hold on to the fleeting memories of the glorious days with his loving "bros".
29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Looking for something to read in the bathroom? July 18 2008
By Chris Swanson - Published on Amazon.com
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Having read through this book, I can say it is exactly what it claims to be; a dictionary of various "dude"-type lingo. It's not exactly deep, rather like the culture it depicts, but it is very broad, rather like the culture it depicts.

It's funny and vaguely disturbing, all at the same time (rather like the culture it... oh, you get the idea). Some if it had me actually laughing out loud (The Ten Bromandments, most notably, as well as Lincoln writing a letter after a night of drunken excess).

Really this is the sort of book you're not going to read cover-to-cover. It's a good book to keep in the bathroom for those times when you need something to occupy your attention, and there's nothing wrong with that! In fact, given the nature of the book, I can't think of any higher compliment!

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