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Titre : Alphabetter Juice, or the joy of text (...
Éditeur : FS&G, NY
Date d'édition : 2011
Reliure : Hardcover
Etat du livre : As New
Etat de la jaquette : As New
Signé : Signed by Author(s)
Edition : 1st Edition
Bright, tight editions signed by Roy on the title page. Clean & sharp throughout. N° de réf. du libraire WS11883
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.
A propos de l'auteur: Roy Blount Jr. is the author of twenty-one previous books, covering subjects from the Pittsburgh Steelers to Robert E. Lee to what dogs are thinking. He is a regular panelist on NPR?s Wait, Wait . . . Don?t Tell Me! and is a member of the American Heritage Dictionary Usage Panel. Born in Indianapolis and raised in Decatur, Georgia, Blount now lives in western Massachusetts with his wife, the painter Joan Griswold.
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