Ruth Wajnryb's "Funktionary"

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Fri Dec 2 18:46:04 UTC 2005

There's a column in the Sydney Morning Herald by Ruth Wajnryb, talking
about her new book _Funktionary: A Cheeky Collection of Contemporary Words_:

Funktionary is a predictionary. It's a slice of that limbo-land where
new words are happening, but are still not sufficiently "at large" to be
captured in a major dictionary. I like to think of it as a holding bay
for neonatal words. They may or may not make it. But they're with us for
a snapshot of time and the collection acknowledges their playfulness,
wit, creativity, flexibility and occasional poignancy.

(ADS and Allan Metcalf are mentioned.)

Doesn't look like the book is on Amazon in the US yet, but it's on the
UK version: <>.
Oddly, Amazon UK says that the pub date is April 30, 2006, even though
the publisher site, Lothian, says it was released in November:

I guess it's only available in Australia right now.

--Ben Zimmer

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