By Roy Blount Jr.

ISBN-10: 1429922788

ISBN-13: 9781429922784

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 tremendous. In 2008, he celebrated the gists, tangs, and energies of letters and their mixtures in Alphabet Juice, to large acclaim. Now, Alphabetter Juice. that's better.

This ebook 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 now not frogless, within the Oxford English Dictionary? How can the U. S. ideal courtroom locate relevance in gollywoddles? may there be medical proof for the sonicky worth of hunch? And why may anyone now not trouble to spell properly the very notice 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 exotic etymologist bites off extra of a "giantess" than he can chunk. Jimmy Stewart appears to be like, 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 put up ebook 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 tough issues with out breaking a sweat." Alphabetter Juice is brimming with sprezzatura. Have a style.

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E-laah-li) Yes. Ii. (Ee) No. Aakka. (Ah-ka) Maybe. Immaqqaa. (Eem-mak-haw) Good-bye. (to an individual) Tavvauvutit. (Tub-vow-voo-teet) Good-bye. (to a group) Tavvauvusi. (Tub-vow-voo-see) After the introduction of written Inuktitut, it was somewhat easier to make new terms and phrases fit in with the language. At the same time, fewer and fewer children were learning Inuktitut at school. New programs have reversed this trend, and now more and more people in Nunavut are conversant in Inuktitut.

A 79-yearold Cahuilla tribeswoman named Katherine Silva Saubel is the last fluent speaker of her native tongue. On her reservation in California, she recalled for a journalist what it was like to grow up in the United States speaking a Native American language. ” She saw other Native American classmates whipped for speaking their language at school. Nevertheless, Saubel loved to learn and became the first Indian woman to graduate from Palm Springs High School and also to become an ethnobotanist.

Qanuippit? (Khah-nweep-peet) I am fine. Qanuinngittunga. (Khah-nwee-nngit-toonga) What is your name? Kinauvit? (Kee-nah-oo-veet) Thank you. Qujannamiik. (Khoo-yannah-meek) You are welcome. Ilaali. (E-laah-li) Yes. Ii. (Ee) No. Aakka. (Ah-ka) Maybe. Immaqqaa. (Eem-mak-haw) Good-bye. (to an individual) Tavvauvutit. (Tub-vow-voo-teet) Good-bye. (to a group) Tavvauvusi. (Tub-vow-voo-see) After the introduction of written Inuktitut, it was somewhat easier to make new terms and phrases fit in with the language.

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