By Roy Blount Jr.
Fresh-squeezed Lexicology, with Twists
No guy of letters savors the ABC's, or serves them up, like language-loving stand-up comedian Roy Blount Jr. His word list, from ad hominy to zizz, is hearty, complete bodied, and out to delight discriminating palates coarse and positive. In 2008, he celebrated the gists, tangs, and energies of letters and their combos in Alphabet Juice, to extensive acclaim. Now, Alphabetter Juice. that is better.
This e-book 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. ideal courtroom locate relevance in gollywoddles? could there be medical facts for the sonicky price of hunch? And why may somebody no longer 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 thing from The Tempest to The Wire. he is taking us to Iceland, for salmon-watching with a "girl gillie," and to Georgian England, the place a special etymologist bites off extra of a "giantess" than he can bite. 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 truly possesses what used to be referred to 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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Additional resources for Alphabetter Juice: or, The Joy of Text
The boy is receiving the action. Verbs can be used in two diﬀerent ways. These are known as voices. The active voice is simpler than the passive voice. In an active sentence, the subject is performing the action of the verb, and the object is receiving it. Subject The passive voice In a passive sentence, the word order is reversed so that the subject is receiving the action and the object is performing it. The passive voice is formed using the auxiliary verb be followed by a past participle. The performer of the action is either identiﬁed using the preposition by or not included at all.
It is used with the auxiliary verb be to form the passive voice. ▷ Third person To form most subjunctive verbs, the ﬁnal s is removed from the third person form. ▷ Exception The main exception is the verb be, which takes the form be for the present tense and were for the past tense. The present subjunctive follows the verb phrase demanded that. It is used because the zookeeper might not remove the snake. The present subjunctive follows the verb phrase requested that. The zookeeper wants the boy to be quiet, but the boy might not be quiet.
If the action being described is almost certain to happen, the The weather is not hot, so the belief indicative mood is used. If the action being that they would be happier is a described is hypothetical (impossible to predict), hypothetical situation, which requires the subjunctive verb form were. the past tense form of the subjunctive mood should be used. They will almost certainly go to the beach if the weather is hot, so the indicative mood is used. The modal auxiliary verb would usually appears in conditional sentences with the subjunctive.
Alphabetter Juice: or, The Joy of Text by Roy Blount Jr.