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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, T
Alphabet Juice: The Energies, Gists, and Spirits of Letters, Words, and Combinations Thereof; Their Roots, Bones, Innards, Piths, Pips, and Secret Parts, Tinctures, T Roy Blount Jr. 0374103690 9780374103699 Ali G:How many words does you know?Noam Cho
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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, T by Roy Blount Jr.

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 Shownbsp;Did you know that bothmammalandmatterderive from baby talk? Have you noticed howwincemakes you wince? Ever wonder why so many h-words have to do with breath?nbsp;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 cant get over his ABCs. InAlphabet 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 producedBlounts Glossographia, the first dictionary to explore derivations of English words.ThisBlounts Glossographia takes that pursuit to other levels, from Proto-Indo-European roots to your epiglottis.nbsp;It rejects the standard linguistic notion that the connection between words and their meanings is arbitrary. Even the wordarbitraryis shown to be no more arbitrary, at its root, thango-to guyorcrackerjack. From sources as venerable as theOED(in which Blount finds an inconsistency, atwhisk) and as fresh as Urbandictionary.com (to which Blount has contributed the number-one definition of alligator arm), and especially from the authors own wide-ranging experience,Alphabet Juicederives an organic take on language that is unlike, and more fun than, any other.

Author: Roy Blount Jr.

Language: English

Edition: 1st

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 384

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Publication Date: 2008-10-14

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