Brattling After The Pacifire: 'That Should Be A Word'

April 5, 2015 11:34 AM

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OK puzzle players, stay tuned because this next segment is right up your alley. Kinovator, a word for one who forms a nontraditional family. Fidgital, excessively checking one's devices. Bangst, stressed over diminishing funds. This is the language of Lizzie Skurnick, the woman behind the former New York Times column "That Should Be A Word." Her new book by that same title is a glossary of these innovative terms. When we spoke to her about the book, we started off with the pacifire, spelled P-A-C-I-F-I-R-E.

LIZZIE SKURNICK: That word was inspired by a ring of fire and coming through the ring of fire, which of course is birth-related.

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