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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 ... With Examples of Their Usage Foul and Savory-logo

Alphabet Juice - The Energies, Gists, and Spirits of Letters, Words, and Combinations Thereof; Their Roots, Bones, Innards, Piths, Pips, and Secret ... With Examples of Their Usage Foul and Savory

Roy Blount, Jr.

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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? - Youtube.com After forty years of making a living using words in every medium, print or electronic, except greeting cards, Roy Blount Jr. still can't get over his ABCs. In Alphabet Juice, he celebrates 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" and concentrates more on questions such as these: Did you know that both mammal and matter derive from baby talk? Have you noticed how wince makes you wince? Three and a half centuries ago, Sir Thomas Blount produced Blount's Glossographia, the first dictionary to explore derivations of English words. This Blount's Glossographia takes that pursuit to other levels. It rejects the standard linguistic notion that the connection between words and their meanings is "arbitrary." Even the word arbitrary is shown to be no more arbitrary, at its roots, than go-to guy or crackerjack. From sources as venerable as the OED (in which Blount finds an inconsistency, at whisk) and as fresh as Urbandictionary.com (to which Blount has contributed the number-one definition of "alligator arm"), and especially from the author's own wide-ranging experience, Alphabet Juice derives an organic take on language that is unlike, and more fun than, any other.

Language:

English

Length:

5h 13m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

07:04


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:01


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:54


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:03


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:54


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:21


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:12


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:17


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:28


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:19


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:17


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:54


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:31


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:43


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:27


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:52


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:00


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:43


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:37


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:25


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:13


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:48


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:04


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

02:36


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:17


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:35


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:13


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:45


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:41


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:10


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:10


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:03


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:19


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:36


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:10


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:27


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:52


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:56


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:25


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:51


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:12


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:34


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:19


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:48


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:35


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:28


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:22


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:59


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:06


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:43


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:16


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

02:52


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:18


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:30


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:36