Cathy Salustri and her dachshund, Calypso

Florida-Splaining and Florida Spectacular

a plate of roast pork, which the author loves Florida-splaining to people
Florida-splaining is a word. Let me tell you about the best Cuban restaurant in the Florida Keys…
Photo by Cathy Salustri

This fall, my next book, Florida Spectacular, gets published.

There’s a lot of moving parts to traditional publishing, and one of the most boring is the part where you review the index and make sure it’s OK.

However.

Today I had a bright moment in a boring slog through the index: Florida-splaining.

It’s a word I’ve made up and it refers to what my friends call my “Florida Facts.” You know what mansplaining is, right? Same idea.

And it’s in the index. This gave me a chuckle, because if it goes in the index, it must be a real word, right?

A screen grab of the Florida Spectacular index, with the word "Florida-splaining" highlighted
Florida-splaining is now officially a word.
Screengrab by Cathy Salustri

When my publisher, UPF, published Backroads of Paradise, someone involved in the process (I can’t remember who) told me my book marked the first time the Press printed the word “fuck” (I referenced one of my professors ordering a drink Miss Kitty’s, the Knock-Me-Down-and-Fuck-Me, a pink libation served in a hurricane glass).

Here I am, first again.

Now, as for the larger question: Should Florida-splaining have a hyphen? Should I spell it Floridasplaining?

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