[Ads-l] “blooks,” short for “book-look.”

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jan 29 18:12:56 UTC 2016


"Blook" was given a different meaning in 2002, 'blog book' (i.e., a
book based on a blog).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blook

"Blook" saw some action a decade ago, as noted by Larry Horn at the time:

http://listserv.linguistlist.org/pipermail/ads-l/2006-December/065606.html

But it must not have caught on enough for Ms. Dubansky to be aware of
it. And no matter its expansion, it's not the prettiest of
portmanteaux.

Link to NYT article:
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/29/books/a-secret-in-every-tome-no-text-required.html

On Fri, Jan 29, 2016 at 12:46 PM, George Thompson wrote:
>
> Today's (Firday's NYTimes included a review of an exhibit at the Grolier
> Club in New York City of objects made to look like a book, but in fact
> something else: a cigarette lighter, a concealing place for a whiskey
> flask, a cookie jar.
>
> "Ms. Dubansky set out to map the contours of the world of fake books,
> eventually amassing about 600 made from stone, wax, straw, wood, soap,
> plastic, glass and other materials. She even coined a term for them:
> =E2=80=9Cblooks,=E2=80=9D short for =E2=80=9Cbook-look.=E2=80=9D"
> NY Times, January 29, 2016, section C, page 21, with the headline: Secrets
> Under Cover, From Vices to Treasures.
>
> Someone I once knew had a book called *How to Raise a Dog*; opened, a hot
> dog on a spring would pop up.  I wonder whether that is in the show.  I
> have myself a very small book, bound in tartan, with a title I can't
> recall, but alluding to Scotsmen and their quirks; opened, there is a small
> cavity cut into the supposed pages, containing a very small bottle marked
> "Scotch".

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