By Roy Blount Jr.
Fresh-squeezed Lexicology, with Twists
No guy of letters savors the ABC's, or serves them up, like language-loving slapstick comedian Roy Blount Jr. His thesaurus, from ad hominy to zizz, is hearty, complete bodied, and out to delight discriminating palates coarse and high quality. In 2008, he celebrated the gists, tangs, and energies of letters and their combos in Alphabet Juice, to broad acclaim. Now, Alphabetter Juice. that's better.
This e-book is for anyone—novice wordsmith, sensuous reader, or occupation grammarian—who likes to get actual with phrases. what's the common signal of disgust, ew, doing in beautiful and cutie? Why is toadless, yet no longer frogless, within the Oxford English Dictionary? How can the U. S. excellent courtroom locate relevance in gollywoddles? may there be clinical proof for the sonicky worth of hunch? And why may anyone no longer trouble to spell thoroughly the very observe he's attempting to outline on Urbandictionary.com?
Digging into how locutions evolve, and paintings, or fail, Blount attracts upon every little thing from The Tempest to The Wire. he's taking us to Iceland, for salmon-watching with a "girl gillie," and to Georgian England, the place a exclusive etymologist bites off extra of a "giantess" than he can chunk. Jimmy Stewart looks, in reference to kludge and the bombing of Switzerland. Litigation over supercalifragilisticexpialidocious leads to a classic werewolf motion picture; information of possum-tossing, to metanarrative.
As Michael Dirda wrote in The Washington submit publication World, "The immensely likeable Blount in actual fact possesses what used to be known as within the Italian Renaissance 'sprezzatura,' that infrequent and enviable skill to do even the main tricky issues with no breaking a sweat." Alphabetter Juice is brimming with sprezzatura. Have a flavor.
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Monica has trouble with capitals. Can you find her mistakes? GRAMMAR When do you use capitals? WORKSHOP Use capitals to begin a sentence. • Every state has a capital. Use capitals for proper nouns that name a particular person, place, or thing. • Pierre is the capital of South Dakota. • Jane Chung is the mayor of Pierre. • I’ve known Mayor Chung for two years. Rewrite each sentence using capitals correctly. 1. “i just love Parties,” monica said. ____________________________________________________________________________ 2.
What did the gutter say? If you don’t watch out, you’re going to run right into me! What did the curb say? I’ve got an edge over you. YOU ANSWER IT! Squirmy makes a mistake using a possessive pronoun in the first panel. Can you find it? GRAMMAR WORKSHOP Circle the correct possessive form in each sentence. 1. Ant Betty loves (Squirmys, Squirmy’s) jokes. 2. She often repeats the jokes as if they were (her’s/hers). What is a possessive? Possessives are words that show ownership. Possessive nouns take an apostrophe.
What’s a MATTERPAL? Will you proofread my stories for me? Sure. I don’t know, pal. What’s the matter with you? This cartoon has some mistakes that the proofreader must have missed. Can you find them? GRAMMAR What do you look to correct when you proofread? Things to look for include: WORKSHOP Capitalization: monica Monica Punctuation: commas, question marks, periods, apostrophes, and others Other mistakes: • Run-on sentences, fragments Grammar mistakes: • I ain’t going. I’m not going. Proofread each sentence.
Alphabetter Juice: or, The Joy of Text by Roy Blount Jr.