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 high-quality. In 2008, he celebrated the gists, tangs, and energies of letters and their mixtures in Alphabet Juice, to large acclaim. Now, Alphabetter Juice. that is better.
This e-book 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 now not frogless, within the Oxford English Dictionary? How can the U. S. ideal court docket locate relevance in gollywoddles? may there be medical proof for the sonicky price of hunch? And why could somebody now not hassle to spell accurately the very notice 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 individual etymologist bites off extra of a "giantess" than he can chunk. 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 publish publication World, "The immensely likeable Blount sincerely 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 flavor.
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It’s bean soup, said the waitress. “I don’t care what it has been, he sputtered. What is it now? Phunny Stuph • Copyright © 2005 Cottonwood Press, Inc. com 59 The Englishman POSSIBLE CORRECTION : A waitress in a New York City restaurant brought an Englishman the soup of the day. The Englishman looked a bit upset. “Good heavens,” he said. ” “It’s bean soup,” said the waitress. “I don’t care what it has been,” the Englishman sputtered. ” NOTES : • • • New York City is capitalized because it is the name of a city.
The man from the city was pretty puzzled. He watched for quite a while and finally said, “What a strange way to feed pigs! It’s a waste of time! ” NOTES : • • • This is a good exercise for correcting run-on sentences (comma splices). Quite and quiet are frequently confused. So are whole and hole and waste and waist. When writing dialogue, start a new paragraph with each change of speakers. Phunny Stuph • Copyright © 2005 Cottonwood Press, Inc. com 52 Sharing One day, brothers Ed and Tyler went to there Grandmas for diner.
Use a comma with and in a compound sentence. A compound sentence is two complete sentences connected with and, but, or, for, or nor. ) Phunny Stuph • Copyright © 2005 Cottonwood Press, Inc. com 42 Chickens at the Library One day a pair of chickens walk up to the circulation desk at a public library. ” The librarien hesitated but then decided they were asking for three books. She gives them three books, the chickens left. ” again. The librarian gives them three more books, the chickens left. That afternoon the two chickens returned and approached the librarian again.
Alphabetter Juice: or, The Joy of Text by Roy Blount Jr.