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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (Oct. 7 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061547565
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061547560
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #294,228 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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Amazon.com: HASH(0x976a3d5c) out of 5 stars 62 reviews
36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96f3a1bc) out of 5 stars 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.
37 of 44 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96f49054) out of 5 stars 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
HASH(0x96f3acd8) out of 5 stars 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.
25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97239150) out of 5 stars For guys' guys only July 21 2008
By Jean E. Pouliot - Published on Amazon.com
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What do you get when you cross a clever wordsmith with a misogynist pig -- the kind who would take being called a "misogynist pig" as a compliment? Why, "Brocabulary". Each page of this book is stuffed with sexist puns and wordplay that describes the world as seen through the eyes of the stereotypical horny male. Most definitions are too rude to mention here, but let's just say that "love 'em and leave 'em" -- preferably for compliant and besotted strippers -- is the guiding philosophy. The Brocabulary definition of "Arctic drilling," say, has little to do with extracting oil from ANWR, and "bag and release" does not refer to a humane way of hunting quail.

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.
28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x975fe168) out of 5 stars This WILL be passed around the classroom July 16 2008
By BookAce - Published on Amazon.com
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When I was a kid, Playboy mags were passed around the classroom. The teacher (who was basically clueless) would say "Are you passing around Comic Strips?!!" and the kids would say "Strips yes, Comics no!" I'm sure this book will also be passed from one classroom desk to another.

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.

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