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Alphabet Juice: The Energies, Gists, and Spirits of Letters, Words, and Combinations Thereof; Their Roots, Bones, Innards, Piths, Pips, and Secret Parts, Tinctures, Tonics, and Essences; With Examples of Their Usage Foul and Savory
Roy Blount Jr.
Publisher FSG  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.25 x 5.5 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780374532048
Pages/Publication Date 364/2009
Daedalus Item Code 23849
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"If everybody's first English teacher were Roy Blount Jr., we might still be trillions in debt, but we would be so deeply in love with words and their magic ... that we'd hardly notice," opined Chris Tucker in the Dallas Morning News. After 40 years of making a living using words in every medium except greeting cards, Blount still can't get over his ABCs. Here he celebrates the juju, the crackle, and the sonic and kinetic energies of letters and their combinations. Though he has a strong sense of right and wrong, he is not out to prescribe proper English; his passion is for questions such as these: Did you know that both mammal and matter derive from baby talk? Have you noticed how wince makes you wince? Three and a half centuries ago, Thomas Blount produced his Glossographia, the first dictionary to explore derivations of English words. This latter Blount's glossographia takes that pursuit to new levels. From sources as venerable as the OED and as fresh as Urbandictionary.com, as well as from the author's own wide ranging experience, Alphabet Juice derives an organic and lively take on language, unlike any other.

"Danced in Blount's arms, English swings smartly."NYTBR

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