“I love neologisms, coinages, new words, whatever you want to call them. I think ‘staycation’ is hilarious,” says writer Alex Beam in a recent column in the Boston Globe, “Put in a Good Word for Me.”
It’s an amusing commentary on the topic of neologisms, and Beam references Paul MacInnes’s June column in the Guardian. But what really interested me was his discussion of a new book, Brocabulary: The New Man-i-festo of Dude Talk by Daniel Maurer.
Examples of brocabulary:
“Brobituary” is the all-too-apropos term for the valedictory speeches a man hears at his wedding. Full of praise and good feeling, they signal that the portion of his life worth living has come to an end.
A manecdote is a story that emphasizes one’s manliness. Like the time I talked about repairing the garage door. Which I still haven’t done.
I can think of a couple of others. Manorexia (which I loathe because it seems to suggest that anorexia in men is somehow different from anorexia in women) and also mandals (sandals for men). And of course, there’s that episode of “Seinfeld” in which George’s dad wants to market a bra for men called “The Bro.”
What other brocabulary do you know (and no fair peeking in the book!)?