100 Words That Should Be In The Dictionary

Lingomania's Best New Words

Fiction - Humor/Comedy
244 Pages
Reviewed on 04/26/2019
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Author Biography

Ignatius “Spud” Shoestring was born in the English town of Ipswich many years ago. His parents owned the local fish and chip shop and were also responsible for his twelve siblings. Being the youngest of thirteen children, meant Ignatius:

1. Had to learn to stand up for himself
2. Often had to fight for his fair share of dinner
3. Was unlikely to beat “all-comers” in a test of brawn

Early in his schooling, it became apparent to Spud that many words were made up of parts of other words. Soon after this, while helping rearrange books in his grandfather’s flat, he found a first edition copy of Theodore “Wombat” Inkleton’s definitive pseudoxenolinguistic text “The Art of PXL”. Since that pivotal moment, his only passion has been the pursuit of new words and interpretations of the English language.

Among his notable achievements in this arena are:

• Publishing “A brief history of PXL” in 1969
• Publishing “A sort of definitive history of PXL” in 1977
• Publishing “A definitive history of PXL” in 1988
• Appointment as the Grand Master of Lingomania in 1999
• Publishing Lingomania in August 2018

While her majesty recently recognized Ignatius’s contributions to the English language with a top secret knighthood, he prefers to be known as “Spud” or “Iggy”.

He happily lives on his small (but adequate) estate not far from his place of birth, and is known for having the world’s largest collection of old books about stuff no one seems to care about.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The first inaugural book of its type, 100 Words That Should Be In The Dictionary: Lingomania’s Best New Words is a collection of humorous pieces of wordy information written by author Ignatius Spud Shoestring. This is a dictionary-style record of the work of the Lingomania website, which is dedicated to the love of words and the emergence of new and amusing words which rate at PG or lower, and can therefore be used and enjoyed by all. In keeping with the website, the words have been invented as derivatives of previous words, and given dual or modified meanings to elevate them to the standard of Top 100 for this book.

I found this to be a very entertaining read and I’m certain it would suit the coffee tables of writers, English teachers and word lovers everywhere. The term ‘lingomaniac’ itself suits the overall ethos of the tome, and its author, Ignatius Spud Shoestring, celebrates that badge with pride as each of the top one hundred words is treated to its own amusing definition and consideration. The book’s interior is engaging and eye catching to look at, making it an easy pick-me-up for anyone seeking a little laugh. I also think it achieves the purpose of directing people to its website very well to discover more of these hilarious words and get involved in the submission and invention process. Overall, 100 Words That Should Be In The Dictionary is a humorous and well-arranged work for word lovers the world over.

Lesley Jones

Have you ever been in a situation where you want to say something, but there doesn't seem to be a word that really describes how you feel? Throughout this comical book, 100 Words That Should Be In The Dictionary by Ignatius Spud Shoestring, you will find words to describe such activities as cleaning up after a child, obsession with social media, singing in the car, the love of having a finger up your nose or the fear of not having an umbrella. Discover how you can use the word in a sentence correctly, the literal translation of the word, and related words to build your English language skills and impress family and friends. Lingomania is a mammoth directory of word elements, and after reading this book you will wonder how you ever managed to communicate without them.

I thought this book was going to be quite a serious look at the English language, but from the first page, and reading the disclaimer in the Celebrity Inspired chapter, I was giggling to myself and choosing the words that I could use. This well-written and hilarious guide would make a great topic for conversation at any gathering. There are words to describe absolutely every situation, personality trait or behaviour. My particular favourites that I am definitely going to use are: Kimmick – something designed to gather publicity just for the sake of it; Oscarred - failure to win an Oscar; Prodigichronic – the activities people do that are a waste of time such as watching cat videos on YouTube and trying to outsmart a squirrel; Hyperpanquerate – excessive complaining. For lovers of the English language, I would recommend you check out the website too where you can find a word of the day and take part in the forums. I highly recommend this unique and hysterically funny book to anyone who loves the English language, but also to those who have an inquisitive mind.

Renee Guill

Ignatius Spud Shoestring's 100 Words That Should Be In The Dictionary: Lingomania's Best New Words discusses why these 100 words should be put into the dictionary. They are either funny or relevant to today's society. The book use synonyms, definitions, and breaks the word down if needed to explain what it means. The author also uses cartoons and puts the word into a sentence to help show the meaning of it. This book has a website - lingomania.com - where you can go to look for more words and even add a word you'd like to see in the dictionary. At the end is a glossary to help you find a certain type of word if needed.

The book 100 Words That Should Be In The Dictionary by Ignatius Spud Shoestring is pretty funny and informative. I loved how the author broke the words down to help describe the meaning. But if I can make a suggestion? Maybe show how to pronounce the words, please? Even breaking them down didn't always help. The cartoons were fantastic and a great tool to use to help describe the word. I thought Ignatius Spud Shoestring did a great job in saying why he thought the words should be in the dictionary, by going into great details of the words. I loved how the book also has a website where you can add words or find words. The Glossary is a pretty handy tool as well. If you are a lover of words like I am, then I think you would definitely enjoy this book. I also agree with Ignatius Spud Shoestring's statement: "word domination." Yes, indeed, as I always say, the more the merrier.