New York Press puts Verbotomy on The Best of Manhattan

New York Press: Best of Manhattan 2008

The New York Press has launched it’s annual Best of Manhattan issue with cover illustration by James Gang of Verbotomy. See: The Best of Manhattan 2008 in the New York Press

The Best of Manhattan includes 4 Major categories, each of which is illustrated with a Verbotomy comic, definition and invented word.



Bosstitute: /bos-sti-TOOT/ v. tr. To seek approval from your boss by emulating their style, mannerisms or affectations. n. A person who uses such techniques to win favor. Sentence: Irma had survived many bosses in her long career. She developed many survival skills to weather the changes brought on by the next best manager she’d get stuck training. One secret to her success was to bosstitute herself. She figured out early that these guys had such egos, they loved nothing better than gazing in a mirror. So she reinvented herself to copy traits or physical qualities of each boss. There was Rex the cowboy boss, whose inspired her chaps and stetson. There was Richard the Ivy League yuppie who inspired her 3 piece pin-striped suits and designer briefcase. There was Howie, the used car salesman, who inspired her polyester suit and open neck Aloha shirts. There was Hubert the nerd, who inspired her mismatched clothing and pocket protector and glasses with white tape on the frames. And there was the womanizer, Jake, after whom she dressed like a rake. She couldn’t wait to greet her new boss, Davinder Ravinder Pinderjit, in her new Nehru jacket with a marigold lei. Yes, Irma was definitely a bosstitute, a working girl and a hustler! Etymology: boss & substitute & prostitute Created by:Nosila.

Arts & Entertainment


Blooger: /BLOO-ger/ v., To compulsively describe, in excruciating detail, the minute events of one’s everyday life as it happens; especially when assisted by modern information technology systems. Sentence: Ashely was a compulsive twitterer, blogger and videographer. If she did it, she documented it. No detail was ever spared. And no thought was ever given. Unfortunately, she was also a compulsive nose picker, which meant that her bloogers were full of boogers. Etymology: blog +booger Created by: wordmeister.

City Living


Popcult: /pop-cult/ n. A pop culture entertainment property, which has transcended itself and become a de facto religion with legions of devotees, prescribed rituals and sacred texts. Sentence: He knew he belonged in this popcult because he already had a lot of Faith…He also had a lot of Buffy, Willow, Angel, Oz, Xander, Gunn, Wesley, Fred, Anya, Lorne, Giles, Dawn, Connor and Cordelielia…. But Faith was still his favorite. Etymology: pop culture, cult Created by: rikboyee.

Food & Drink


Liet: /lie-ET/ v. tr. To eat in a peculiar or ritualistic manner in an effort to lose weight while consuming more. n. An idiosyncratic method of eating, usually adopted for “health reasons”. Sentence: She only ate fruit flavored ice cream because she was on a very strict liet. Etymology: lie, diet Created by: rikboyee.

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