Alphabetter Juice: or, The Joy of Text

Alphabetter Juice: or, The Joy of Text

Roy Blount Jr.


Fresh-squeezed Lexicology, with Twists

No guy of letters savors the ABC's, or serves them up, like language-loving stand-up comedian Roy Blount Jr. His thesaurus, from ad hominy to zizz, is hearty, complete bodied, and out to thrill discriminating palates coarse and advantageous. In 2008, he celebrated the gists, tangs, and energies of letters and their mixtures in Alphabet Juice, to extensive acclaim. Now, Alphabetter Juice. that's better.

This e-book is for anyone—novice wordsmith, sensuous reader, or profession grammarian—who likes to get actual with phrases. what's the common signal of disgust, ew, doing in beautiful and cutie? Why is toadless, yet now not frogless, within the Oxford English Dictionary? How can the U. S. best court docket locate relevance in gollywoddles? could there be medical facts for the sonicky price of hunch? And why might an individual now not trouble to spell effectively the very observe he's attempting to outline on Urbandictionary.com?

Digging into how locutions evolve, and paintings, or fail, Blount attracts upon every little thing from The Tempest to The Wire. he is taking us to Iceland, for salmon-watching with a "girl gillie," and to Georgian England, the place a amazing etymologist bites off extra of a "giantess" than he can bite. Jimmy Stewart seems to be, in reference to kludge and the bombing of Switzerland. Litigation over supercalifragilisticexpialidocious leads to a classic werewolf motion picture; information of possum-tossing, to metanarrative.

As Michael Dirda wrote in The Washington submit e-book World, "The immensely likeable Blount truly possesses what was once known as within the Italian Renaissance ‘sprezzatura,' that infrequent and enviable skill to do even the main tough issues with no breaking a sweat." Alphabetter Juice is brimming with sprezzatura. Have a taste.

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