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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

CHICKtionary: From A-Line to Z-Snap, the Words Every Woman Should Know...Review

Your bestie, biffle, and GMF rolled into one!

You’re all over the definitions of “low lights,” “ruching,” and a “tankini.” But can you spot a “Mrs. Potato Head” when you see one?

That’s where The CHICKtionary comes in. The CHICKtionary is a humorous dictionary of the words and phrases women use—and what they really mean when they use them. The book corrals more than 450 terms, including some you know (uterus) and some you might not (flexting), and defines each from the perspective of a typical contemporary woman—a woman who avoids accidental pageant hair, is frenemies with her robotic vacuum and only occasionally relies on her high-waisted jeans to hold up her strapless bra.

Ask any man and he will tell you that women have a language all their own.  It's true.  There are issues related to being female that are universal and understood by women of all ages, nationalities, creeds, races, whatever.  You don't have to be bosom friends or even speak the same language to understand when another woman says to you, "Does this make me look fat?".  This was probably my most favorite definition:

Does This Make Me Look Fat? (phrase)
A seemingly straightforward yet treacherous question that requires different responses depending on the gender of the person to whom it is addressed. When asked of a male, the reply must be a swift and emphatic, “No!” Ideally, this will be followed immediately with glowing modifiers such as, “You look hot!” and “Are you kidding? You need to gain a few pounds, hon!” When asked of a female, an honest response is acceptable, provided it is couched in camouflage comments that blame the unflattering appearance on the hateful designer, lousy dressing room lighting, and/or cheap construction of the offending garment.

Seriously a funny book.  I don't know that it's one you'd sit down and read cover to cover, but it's one that is hysterically funny to read in snatches.  It would make a terrific gift for the girlfriend with a healthy sense of humor.

Many of the topics and definitions are mature (definitely a PG-13+ rating), but I found nothing profane or inappropriately vulgar. Rather, many definitions were straightforward. I found myself educated and enlightened at times as there were many words that I didn't know.  This is just a funny book and one that will have you nodding in understanding and laughing out loud.

Thanks to Lisa at TLC Book Tours for the opportunity to review this book.  You can learn more about Anna Lefler here and here.  You can purchase your own copy here.  You can see other reviews and tour stops here:

Monday, November 14th:  Life in Review
Tuesday, November 15th:  Amused by Books
Thursday, November 17th:  Reviews from the Heart
Friday, November 18th:  Chick Lit Reviews
Monday, November 21st:  I Am A Reader, Not A Writer – author Q&A
Wednesday, November 23rd:  The Betty and Boo Chronicles
Friday, November 25th:  Melody & Words
Monday, November 28th:  Silver and Grace
Thursday, December 1st:  Chick Lit is Not Dead
Friday, December 2nd:  Overstuffed
Monday, December 5th:  Silver and Grace – author guest post
Monday, December 5th:  A Musing Reviews
Tuesday, December 6th:  Peeking Between the Pages
Wednesday, December 7th:  Peeking Between the Pages - author guest post
Thursday, December 8th:  Sara’s Organized Chaos
Monday, December 12th:  Write Meg!
Tuesday, December 13th:  Suko’s Notebook
Wednesday, December 14th:  She is Too Fond of Books - Spotlight on Bookstores
Thursday, December 15th:  Life… with Books
Friday, December 16th:  Colloquium - author guest post
Monday, December 19th:  A Chick Who Reads
Tuesday, December 20th:  2 Kids and Tired

Read 12/11

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4/5 Stars


  1. I'm so out of it - I probably need this book!

  2. I can think of quite a few girlfriends who would really appreciate this as a birthday gift! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.