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Fresh-squeezed Lexicology, with Twists
No man of letters savors the ABC's, or serves them up, like language-loving humorist Roy Blount Jr. His glossary, from "ad""hominy" to "zizz," ""is hearty, full bodied, and out to please discriminating palates coarse and fine. In 2008, he celebrated the gists, tangs, and energies of letters and their combinations in "Alphabet Juice," to wide acclaim. Now, "Alphabetter Juice." Which is "better."
This book""is for anyone--novice wordsmith, sensuous reader, or career grammarian--who loves to get physical with words. What is the universal sign of disgust, "ew," doing in "beautiful" and "cutie"? Why is "toadless," but not "frogless," in the Oxford English Dictionary? How can the U. S. Supreme Court find relevance in "gollywoddles"? Might there be scientific evidence for the sonicky value of "hunch"? And why would someone not bother to spell correctly the very word he is trying to define on Urbandictionary.com?
Digging into how locutions evolve, and work, or fail, Blount""draws upon everything from "The Tempest" to "The Wire." He takes us to Iceland, for salmon-watching with a "girl gillie," and to Georgian England, where a distinguished etymologist bites off more of a "giantess" than he can chew. Jimmy Stewart appears, in connection with "kludge "and the bombing of Switzerland. Litigation over "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious "leads to a vintage werewolf movie; news of possum-tossing, to "metanarrative.
"As Michael Dirda wrote in "The Washington Post Book World," "The immensely likeable Blount clearly possesses what was called in the Italian Renaissance 'sprezzatura, ' that rare and enviable ability to do even the most difficult things without breaking a sweat." "Alphabetter Juice" is brimming with sprezzatura. Have a taste.
Title: Alphabetter Juice: or, The Joy of Text
Publisher: U.S.A., Sarah Crichton Books: 2011
ISBN Number: 0374103704
ISBN Number 13: 9780374103705
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: New
Item: 1.00 Item
Seller ID: 130182
Description: New. May have slight shelfwear from storage. Alphabetter Juice: or, The Joy of Text By Roy Blount (Author) Product Details Hardcover: 304 pages Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books; First Printing edition (May 10, 2011) Language: English ISBN-10: 0374103704 ISBN-13: 9780374103705 Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.3 inches
Keywords: Alphabetter Juice: or, The Joy of Text