By Roy Blount Jr.
Fresh-squeezed Lexicology, with Twists
No guy of letters savors the ABC's, or serves them up, like language-loving slapstick comedian Roy Blount Jr. His thesaurus, from ad hominy to zizz, is hearty, complete bodied, and out to delight discriminating palates coarse and superb. In 2008, he celebrated the gists, tangs, and energies of letters and their combos in Alphabet Juice, to extensive acclaim. Now, Alphabetter Juice. that's better.
This booklet 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. ultimate courtroom locate relevance in gollywoddles? may perhaps there be clinical proof for the sonicky price of hunch? And why may a person now not hassle to spell effectively the very note he's attempting to outline on Urbandictionary.com?
Digging into how locutions evolve, and paintings, or fail, Blount attracts upon every 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 unusual etymologist bites off extra of a "giantess" than he can bite. Jimmy Stewart seems, 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 referred to as within the Italian Renaissance 'sprezzatura,' that infrequent and enviable skill to do even the main tricky issues with no breaking a sweat." Alphabetter Juice is brimming with sprezzatura. Have a flavor.
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