Chris Cerf is no stranger to creative language. Along with his co-author Henry Beard, he also co-founded National Lampoon, was a publisher at Random House, worked on The Muppets and Sesame Street, contributed to Saturday Night Live, and has composed songs for some of the biggest musicians on the planet.
Their latest work, Spinglish–with the fantastically fun full title How to Succeed in Business (and Politics and Everything Else) without Really Lying with Spinglish: The Definitive Dictionary of Deliberately Deceptive Language–is a collection of hilariously inaccurate and slightly (and oftentimes much more) disingenuous terms and vocabulary from all sectors of life, from politics, to education, to real estate, to the auto industry and well beyond. It’s a testament to how words can be manipulated, how they sound like one thing but mean a completely other thing altogether. Great fun!