By 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 word list, from ad hominy to zizz, is hearty, complete bodied, and out to thrill discriminating palates coarse and tremendous. In 2008, he celebrated the gists, tangs, and energies of letters and their mixtures in Alphabet Juice, to large acclaim. Now, Alphabetter Juice. that's better.
This publication is for anyone—novice wordsmith, sensuous reader, or occupation 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 no longer frogless, within the Oxford English Dictionary? How can the U. S. ideal court docket locate relevance in gollywoddles? may well there be medical facts for the sonicky price of hunch? And why could an individual no longer trouble to spell accurately the very be aware 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's taking us to Iceland, for salmon-watching with a "girl gillie," and to Georgian England, the place a extraordinary 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 publish e-book World, "The immensely likeable Blount in actual fact possesses what used to be known as within the Italian Renaissance 'sprezzatura,' that infrequent and enviable skill to do even the main tricky issues with out breaking a sweat." Alphabetter Juice is brimming with sprezzatura. Have a style.
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Alphabetter Juice: or, The Joy of Text by Roy Blount Jr.