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Brocabulary: The New Man-i-festo of Dude Talk Paperback – Bargain Price, October 7, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (October 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061547565
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061547560
  • ASIN: B002KE4744
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #517,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“[An] anthem to the joys of male bonding...” (New York Times -- T Style Magazine)

About the Author

Daniel Maurer is a manthropologist and an editor of New York magazine's award-winning food and nightlife blog Grub Street. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Nerve.com, McSweeney's, and Metro. He lives in New York.


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It's very clever, just not very tasteful.
Richard B. Schwartz
It gets worse though, as this book is filled with foul language and sexual references.
Jerry Palmerino Jr
The guys here agreed, so it's not just me.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Gagewyn on August 27, 2008
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Brocabulary promises a dictionary of all the words a steriotypical "bro" man needs but doesn't have. If that's what you're looking for, then that's what you'll get. Subjects tend to involve beer and women, with the odd foray into smoking pot or activities associated with a restroom.

I found discussions of words for women's clothing to be accurate in their own way. Yep, when a skirt is short enough that I can see the [...] cleavage, it is appropriate to call it a "squirt skirt."

Mixed in are cartoon drawings of women, always curvy with cleavage showing and large lips, and men, kind of scruffy and shaped like their clothes. The pics are drawn well for what they are.

This is a well done version of the concept. If the marketing and the idea of a book of short terms describing women as objects, humorous bodily functions, and drinking with the guys, then you will probably enjoy this.
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38 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Richard B. Schwartz TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 15, 2008
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What it is is a very clever list of expressions that might be used by a dudeamaniac. It is not a dictionary. The words are nonce-words, not exotic expressions with which you need to be familiarized. For example: a fanimal is a fan who is so hardcore that he's on the verge of being a wild animal. The vulgar expressions are more juvenile and usually more clever, as are the sexual expressions. The book is somewhere between a Jeff Foxworthy humor book and a succession of dirty jokes. It might be put on the jokes-for-the-john hook in an Animal House-type fraternity or it could be the perfect airplane read, so long as you're not sitting next to a person who could be offended by the illustrations. Most of all, it's probably the sort of book that a group of 12 year-olds might pass around as they sip their first beers. That's not to say that it isn't clever. It's very clever, just not very tasteful.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By fredtownward VINE VOICE on August 30, 2008
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I was quite prepared to hate this book. There is an absolute glut on the humorous handbook market, and even the category masters have run out of ideas: The Worst-Case Scenario Almanac: History. However, the "Also by Daniel Maurer" reference to his fictional previous "Guide" gave evidence of a warped enough sense of humor (or mind) to pull this off, and pull this off he does!

The reason it works for me is the surprisingly delicate balancing act. On one level Daniel is giving relatively practical advice to "men" who would aspire to behave like this; on another he is clearly making fun of anyone stupid enough to try to behave like this on a regular basis since the end result is likely to be death or imprisonment, or at the very least divorce or getting dumped. True, the wannabe player can glean some useful tips: if you use your liePhone for cheating on your girl, don't leave it where your girl can find it, but this book is clearly intended more for the older and wiser bro now willing to live vagicariously through the stupidity of others. If you are too mature to do this anymore but just immature enough to be brostalgic about it, this book is for you.

Of course the key to something like this is the quality of the heologisms. Are they something you'd be willing to use cold sober? Are they something you could remember while drunk? How many of these will make the grade of passing into general use? Probably none, but that doesn't mean that some aren't worthy of consideration.

Chances are that we've all engaged in brocrastination. We can all learn the wisdom of friendjamins. We've all felt the urge to manalyze.
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65 of 82 people found the following review helpful By almosthappy VINE VOICE on July 17, 2008
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The most impressive aspect of this book is the astonishing fact that a book so full of tasteless garbage is actually getting published by a relatively major publisher. Brocabulary consists of, as the title suggested, a collection of "brocabularies", in the form of a "man-i-festo of dude talk". This fine volume contains chapters such as "ho-cabularies", among other timeless pearls of wisdom. This is the type of book that will inevitably appeal to young men who feel the need for masculine posturing by degrading women in order to assert their insecure gender identity and confused sexual leaning. Undoubtedly, fully-grown Neanderthals who have recently emerged from a hole - including media luminaries such as Don Imus and Howard Stern - will equally find Brocabulary to be brilliant penned and indispensable source for their prime comedy materials. The book is impressively offensive to both women and men, managing to drastically lower the bar of intelligence usually applied to published authors. Fabulous tidbits include an entry for "herrands (aka whore chores)" which are "emasculating errands that you're forced to run for your girlfriend." I like a dirty joke as much as the next guy, but a book full of witless, tasteless, and sexist gags isn't exactly my idea of a good time. But for those who genuinely dig this sorry excuse for a book, I'd wholeheartedly recommend such astute readers to expand their reading horizon, and seek out other fine volumes consist of not only sexist gags, but perhaps homophobic and racist jokes.

The book, as Amazon has described, is for "teens". It is, perhaps, somewhat excusable if this book really was written by a beer-guzzling, sexually frustrated acne sufferer who has yet been taught the fundamentals of human decency. The book's author, Mr.
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