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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (618 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jr. Blount, Roy, Roy Blount Narrator: Jr. Blount, Roy, Roy Blount Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dave | 2/20/2014

    " Gloriously funny, insightful, informative. One of my favorite books on language that I've ever read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Andrea | 2/15/2014

    " If you liked your History of the English language course in college, or have a thing for etymology, then you will enjoy some of your time spent with this book. Of course a book by Roy Blount Jr. will have funny and interesting moments as well as obvious poltical opinion, slightly off color digressions, and the use of words that are not considered polite for general discourse. Your inner English major will have to decide if you can slog through the boring stuff, bypass or ignore the occasional crude or self infatuated cleverness, and still enjoy the observations of a true lover of words. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Mcav0y | 2/11/2014

    " This was a mediocre book from a person who I find to be fairy funny. The was no snap, no pizazz. There are also too many tangents. People that have a secret obsession with etymology would enjoy this book, but I doubt that they would list it as a must read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Johanna | 2/7/2014

    " This is really a 3.5. Roy Blount Jr. is one of my favorite guests on Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, so I'd been wanting to read one of his books for awhile. This was not what I expected, though. I thought it would be a book of essays, but really it's a dictionary. Blount discusses literary history, linguistics, etymology, grammar, and culture by defining words of his choosing. The entries are interesting and funny, and I like all of those topics. By the end, though, I was craving some narrative. I think perhaps this book is better read a little at a time rather than straight through because for what it is, Blount succeeds. I just wasn't always in the mood for what it is. "

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