Picks and Pans Review: The Morrow Book of New Words

updated 03/29/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/29/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

by N.H. and S.K. Mager

Here is a paperback supplement to any reference library, including 8,500 terms not in most standard dictionaries. Many of the words have been around a long time but have taken on new definitions. Bag, for example, now can mean: "1. something one likes; 2. one's way of life; 3. a packet of drugs." A lifter is a "comb with long prongs used to create an Afro hairstyle." Most of the words, however, come from science and new technology: mase (to create or amplify microwaves), mask (the design of an integrated circuit), minipig (a small pig bred to be used in medical research). The Magers, a couple who specialize in encyclopedic books, have produced a useful reference work. It also tells us a lot about what's important to us these days, with such listings as granola (a breakfast food of rolled oats mixed with nuts and raisins), gofer (an assistant devoted to errand running), bunny (minimally dressed female), buy in (to join in a business transaction) and lid (one ounce of marijuana). (Morrow, $13.50, softcover $6.50)

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