Picks and Pans Review: When Sniglets Ruled the Earth

updated 09/04/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/04/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Rich Hall

Sublim' erature: something that has pages and a cover but is not really a book, only something designed to keep one's craving for reading under control.

This is the fifth "sniglet" book from Hall, a comedian by training. (He defines a sniglet as "any word that doesn't appear in the dictionary but should.") Illustrated by cartoonist Arnie Ten, it is no worse nor better than the others, with a cheese curl sort of appeal that comes and goes.

There's a mildly vulgar type, such as "carjones": "The incredible bravery one possesses as long as you are inside your car." There's the obscure type, such as "larsentious": "Consulting The Far Side before addressing any other part of the newspaper." And I here is a plausible type, such as "scratchtasy": "State of euphoria reached when scratching any itch." So, right, it isn't all totally hilarious. Pass the cheese curls. (Collier, paper, $5.95)

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