Download e-book for kindle: Alphabetter Juice: or, The Joy of Text by Roy Blount Jr.

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 advantageous. 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 publication 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 no longer frogless, within the Oxford English Dictionary? How can the U. S. preferrred courtroom locate relevance in gollywoddles? may possibly there be clinical facts for the sonicky worth of hunch? And why might a person no longer hassle to spell competently the very observe 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 amazing etymologist bites off extra of a "giantess" than he can bite. 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 booklet World, "The immensely likeable Blount in actual fact 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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Tip! Be sure to prepare materials, such as game questions for the Wild Word Challenge Game, ahead of time. Tip! If you’re serving refreshments, have students design a butcher paper tablecloth covered with Wild Words and illustrations for the refreshments table. 41 15 Minutes a Day to a Colossal Vocabulary © Barh & Hughes, Scholastic Teaching Resources Wild Words Certificate Award students with a Wild Words certificate at the end of the year. Materials • One copy of the Wild Words certificate on p.

_______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ 1. _______________________________________________________ Five Interesting Facts About Noah Webster 3. ___________________ 2. ___________________ ______________________________ 1. ___________________ 5 ______________________________ ______________________________ ______________________________ ______________________________ ______________________________ ______________________________ ______________________________ ______________________________ ______________________________ ______________________________ ______________________________ Explanation Adjective Name three adjectives describing Noah Webster, and explain why you chose each one.

Wild Word _____________________________________________________________________________ Why I chose this word __________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________ 10. Wild Word _____________________________________________________________________________ Why I chose this word __________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________ 40 15 Minutes a Day to a Colossal Vocabulary © Barh & Hughes, Scholastic Teaching Resources Wild Word Party In this whole–group activity, students celebrate the year’s exploration of Wild Words by hosting a party.

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