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 thesaurus, from ad hominy to zizz, is hearty, complete bodied, and out to thrill discriminating palates coarse and wonderful. In 2008, he celebrated the gists, tangs, and energies of letters and their mixtures in Alphabet Juice, to vast acclaim. Now, Alphabetter Juice. that is better.
This booklet 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. splendid court docket locate relevance in gollywoddles? may possibly there be clinical proof for the sonicky worth of hunch? And why may an individual now not hassle to spell properly 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 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 exceptional etymologist bites off extra of a "giantess" than he can chunk. Jimmy Stewart appears to be like, 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 put up booklet World, "The immensely likeable Blount truly possesses what used to be known as within the Italian Renaissance 'sprezzatura,' that infrequent and enviable skill to do even the main tough issues with out breaking a sweat." Alphabetter Juice is brimming with sprezzatura. Have a style.
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