Alphabet Juice

Alphabet Juice Ali G How Many Words Does You Know Noam Chomsky Normally, Humans, By Maturity, Have Tens Of Thousands Of Them.Ali G What Is Some Of Em Da Ali G ShowDid You Know That Both Mammal And Matter Derive From Baby Talk Have You Noticed How Wince Makes You Wince Ever Wonder Why So Many H Words Have To Do With Breath Roy Blount Jr Certainly Has, And After Forty Years Of Making A Living Using Words In Every Medium, Print Or Electronic, Except Greeting Cards, He Still Can T Get Over His ABCs In Alphabet Juice, He Celebrates The Electricity, The Juju, The Sonic And Kinetic Energies, Of Letters And Their Combinations Blount Does Not Prescribe Proper English The Franchise He Claims Is Over The Counter Three And A Half Centuries Ago, Thomas Blount Produced Blount S Glossographia, The First Dictionary To Explore Derivations Of English Words This Blount S Glossographia Takes That Pursuit To Other Levels, From Proto Indo European Roots To Your Epiglottis It Rejects The Standard Linguistic Notion That The Connection Between Words And Their Meanings Is Arbitrary Even The Word Arbitrary Is Shown To Be No Arbitrary, At Its Root, Than Go To Guy Or Crackerjack From Sources As Venerable As The OED In Which Blount Finds An Inconsistency, At Whisk And As Fresh As Urbandictionary.com To Which Blount Has Contributed The Number One Definition Of Alligator Arm , And Especially From The Author S Own Wide Ranging Experience, Alphabet Juice Derives An Organic Take On Language That Is Unlike, And Fun Than, Any Other. I stand firm in the belief that the most obnoxious party conversation of all is the origins of words There is never a good reason to bust out the Old French cover fire roots of curfew A close second is the proper use of words and expressions For the ultimate horror, a combination a statement on the proper use of an expression, followed by the origin of that expression or the words therein I, like many people, have been guilty of all these pretensions in the past, but in the last few yea I stand firm in the belief that the most obnoxious party conversation of all is the origins of words There is never a good reason to bust out the Old French cover fire roots of curfew A close second is the proper use of words and expressions For the ultimate horror, a combination a statement on the proper us
This wasn t quite as brilliant as the first chapter, included as teaser in the New Work Times book review a few weeks ago, led me to expect But there is plenty of good stuff to cheer and amuse the reader The book is formatted like a dictionary, in which each entry is an idiosyncratic riff by Blount on some aspect of the alphabet, words, the English language, language generally, or English usage Blount is a member of the American Heritage Dictionary usage panel What do I mean by idiosyncra This wasn t quite as brilliant as the first chapter, included as teaser in the New Work Times book review a few weeks ago, led me to expect But there is plenty of good stuff to
This book is awful If I wanted some bastard s pompous opinion and whiny complaints about how the English language should work the way he wants it to, Id hang out outside the Starbuck s begging for it I checked this out expecting humourous etymologies, but instead I got 3%
For anyone who seriously enjoys using words, this is a marvelous book A collection of mini essays about words and phrases that have struck Blount s fancy If there s a serious point to the book, it s one that I m whole heartedly in favor of A language loses something when its speakers cease to care about what they write and say We should encourage and celebrate sprachgefuhl imagine an umlaut above the u , a feeling for language, the mot juste, an e
LOVE a few highlights, below 1 Did you know that Hells Angels refer to themselves as AJ because it sounds so much like HA 9 2 I thought I had found a flaw in AHD, where it says abracadabra originally was a magic word, the letters of which were arranged in an inverted pyramid visual representation of how this works Am I relieved that this book didn t turn, just now, into a flock of pigeons 13 14 3 We got where we were supposed to He was good at what he did But LOVE a few highlights, below 1 Did you know that Hells Angels refer to themselves as AJ because it sounds so much like HA 9 2 I thought I had found a flaw in AHD, where it says abracadabra originally was a magic word, the letters of which were arranged in an inverted pyramid visual representation of how this works Am I relieved tha
This is a book about words the subtitle sums it up very nicely Roy Blount Jr is one of my favorite panelists on Wait Wait, Don t Tell Me, so I thought I d try out one of his books I liked this book because I really like words Not just reading them, but saying them and learning about them If you are not interested
Life is too short to slog through all the folksy anecdotes and sports reminiscences and stream of consciousness ponderings to get to the nuggets of interesting history and etymology Maybe someday I ll come back and pick at a word here and therebut I doubt it. This book most likely isn t for everyone, in particular those who are already snoring at the mention of a book about the origins, moods, and usage of words But, for those who fret over getting the most out of language, written and spoken, when they use it, and who see it as a tool and a thing of beauty, this is a great find.Blount s book is written in entry form, with a section devoted to each letter of the English alphabet, complete with an introductory entry for each letter This keeps the bo This book most likely isn t for everyone, in particular those who are already snoring at the mention of a book about the origins, moods, and usage of words But, for those who fret over getting the most out of language, written and spoken, when they use it, and who see
This review refers to the Audiobook version of Alphabet Juice If you have the opportunity I highly suggest giving the audio book version a listen I was a little dubious at first, books about language don t necessarily do very well in audio format, but I m SO glad I gave it a try Mr Blount s joy and zest for language really comes alive as he reads his book It s a sheer delight to listen to Alphabet Juice is a superbly apt name for this book it s not often that you find something that delig This review refers to the Audiobook version of Alphabet Juice If you have the opportunity I highly suggest giving the audio book version a listen I was a little dubious at first, books about language don t necessarily do very well in audi
Word lovers unite Bad spellers untie Never has the exploration of the alphabet and its combinations been so much fun Blount Jr the missing comma before Jr., he explains herein, is intentional talks about words that look and sound exactly the way they should without the G, phlegm just wouldn t be the same , stopping along the way to tell some barely relevant stories that are, like the book subtitle says, foul and savory My faves involve Wilt Chamberlain, Leonard Bernstein, an

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  • Hardcover
  • 364 pages
  • Alphabet Juice
  • Roy Blount Jr.
  • English
  • 20 July 2017
  • 0374103690