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The Resource Alphabetter juice : or, the joy of text, Roy Blount

Alphabetter juice : or, the joy of text, Roy Blount

Label
Alphabetter juice : or, the joy of text
Title
Alphabetter juice
Title remainder
or, the joy of text
Statement of responsibility
Roy Blount
Title variation
Alpha better juice
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • After 40 years of making a living using words in every medium, print or electronic, Blount still can't get over his ABCs. In "Alphabet Juice," he celebrates the juju, the sonic and kinetic energies of letters and their combinations
  • 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 adhominy 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. -- Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1941-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Blount, Roy
Dewey number
818/.5407
Index
no index present
LC call number
PN6231.W64
LC item number
B49 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
NLM call number
818.5407 B657a
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Vocabulary
  • English language
  • English language
  • Vocabulary
  • Vocabulary
  • English language
Label
Alphabetter juice : or, the joy of text, Roy Blount
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"Sarah Crichton books."
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
666573567
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
283 pages
Isbn
9780374103705
Lccn
2010039937
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)666573567
Label
Alphabetter juice : or, the joy of text, Roy Blount
Publication
Note
"Sarah Crichton books."
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
666573567
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
283 pages
Isbn
9780374103705
Lccn
2010039937
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)666573567

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