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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 thrill discriminating palates coarse and tremendous. In 2008, he celebrated the gists, tangs, and energies of letters and their combos in Alphabet Juice, to extensive acclaim. Now, Alphabetter Juice. that's better.

This ebook is for anyone—novice wordsmith, sensuous reader, or profession 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. preferrred court docket locate relevance in gollywoddles? may possibly there be medical facts for the sonicky price of hunch? And why may anyone now not hassle to spell thoroughly the very note 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 individual 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 put up ebook World, "The immensely likeable Blount basically possesses what was once 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 style.

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The waiter stops. The diners at the table by the door look …’50 The development towards the present tense in Woolf’s texts can thus be traced, using Hamburger and Weinrich’s parameters, from the first motifs in Mrs. Dalloway (1925) via the compositional experimentation of To the Lighthouse (1927) to the switch of tenses in The Waves (1931). This development involves the narrator becoming a character; it also involves impressionistic discussion. What is doubtful is not the fictionality of this prose but its narrativity.

At this table they drink their beer and prattle on about politics. From the beer they get an inflamed liver, from their prattling they get abstinence from political activity. 41 The writer Bertolt Brecht, the liqueur of syllogisms, political babbling—all of this has a documentary character and refers to the conditions of literary communication (whose conventionality is attacked). Tretyakov casts his vote against an inventory of the business of literature and in favor of an operative literature.

The waiter stops. The diners at the table by the door look …’50 The development towards the present tense in Woolf’s texts can thus be traced, using Hamburger and Weinrich’s parameters, from the first motifs in Mrs. Dalloway (1925) via the compositional experimentation of To the Lighthouse (1927) to the switch of tenses in The Waves (1931). This development involves the narrator becoming a character; it also involves impressionistic discussion. What is doubtful is not the fictionality of this prose but its narrativity.

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