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win an audio book from Rick

I recently read listened to an audio book called I Am America (And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert.

Now if you love Colbert, you will love this book.

If you really love Colbert (as I do) you will really love this book.

He’s a one trick pony — making fun of stuffy right-wing mentality by pretending to be a diehard right-winger himself.

I Am America (And So Can You!)

I Am America (And So Can You!)

The contest:

Brian challenged me to come up with a new word to properly describe the process of listening to an audio book. A new verb.

Not “read”. Not “listen”.

Whoever comes up with the best neologism wins a free audio book from !!

Contact me.

0 thoughts on “win an audio book from Rick”

  1. How about “earfed” as in “I earfed that book and it was great.”

    Or, “downlistened.”

    Or, “downheard.”

    Or, “audioed.”

  2. Why doesn’t “listened to” work? I note that is the term Audible itself uses, and it’s pretty natural, so why worry? Well, two things come to mind. First, even though listening can be an active experience (think of being in the audience who first hear Beethoven’s Ninth), it can also suggest a more passive experience than what we’re talking about when attending to a book. Second, there is a specific word for consuming a book by the eye, and it makes sense that we spend a little time coming up with a specific word for consuming it by ear. Especially with #2 in mind, here goes (following Ron’s example, all terms in past tense):

    1. “ristened” as in “Rick ristened the latest Colbert.” (Obvious, people would know what you meant even on first hearing it. On the other hand, they might wonder if you were raised in a Chinese family.)

    ear words:

    2. “gave ear to” (not a new word, but a nice turn of phrase that indicates the attention required. This comes from Mike at Audible.)

    3. “deveared” (but only if you consumed it voraciously)

    4. “atteared” (attended by ear)

    5. “stirruped” (the stirrup is one of the bones in your ear, and a good book should stir you up some. On the other hand, can we change it somewhat so we don’t just “verbify” perfectly good nouns?)

    6. “strupped”

    Ok, that’s it for me. I like “ristened” or “strupped” for neologisms, and “gave ear to” if we don’t feel we’re up to a new word.

  3. Awesome response George I laughed aloud!

    You could just become ‘involved’ with your books, but then people may start looking for your character in the books.

    ‘Stirruped’ is probably going to make the women reading this post a little uncomfortable.

    You have me thinking!

  4. Originally I was thinking … audibled.

    But the Colbert Report comedy writers would come up with something better. If they weren’t on strike, that is.

    Perhaps … audeared.

    “I audeared the new novel.”

    Or, … audinjected. … Nah.

    … iPodified?

  5. That got me thinking again Rick…

    Perhaps “audib-read” rather than audibled (I really like that one by the way). That way you could say that you were getting ready to audibread (vocalized as audid-reed) a novel. At the same time it would be absolutely proper queens english to say that one has audibread (this time pronounced as audib-red) a novel once you have done it.

  6. Those are the best yet, I think.


    audio-read (pronounced “reed”, and …

    audio-read (pronounced “red”) for the past-tense.

    This would be less confusing for children and dumb people.

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