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Brocabulary: The New Man-i-festo of Dude Talk Paperback – Oct 7 2008
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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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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.
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.
The word play is sometimes funny, but it is relentless and vulgar. And that just might be its main selling point. If you like humor that explores and celebrates just about every kind of male sexual fantasy and preoccupation, "Brocabulary" just might hit the spot.
Brocabulary has lots of bathroom humor and is pretty funny in places, expecially with the play on words, such as "guyamese twins - two guys who are pretty much inseperable", "Freebauchery - debauchery that costs you nothing", "Guygestion" and "Crappetizers", and "Pourmaldehyde" what you do with your used chewing gum, which ends up as a description of a mini-brain in a beer bottle. Cool.
Alot of this is funny, some of it is actually great advice (even the pourmaldehyde idea- try that the next time you're at the stadium with your date or with the bros).
And just about every entry in this book has something to do with Sex, or Sex, or Drinking, or Sex, or Puking, or Sex.
How many books do you know that can boast of such a one-sided, single-minded plot?! Brocabulary is one looong trip down a strange literary highway littered with Eros and Gross-out.