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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 Parts, Tinctures, Tonics, and Essences; with Examples of Their Usage Foul and Savory

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  • Posted October 23, 2010

    Like stepping inside Roy Blount Jr.'s wonderful mind

    What a great book. It is like stepping inside Roy Blount Jr.'s head and watching his brain work. The man has an amazing respect for words and the English language. Words have meaning and need to be used properly if they are to convey communication. Roy certainly discusses the meaning and proper use of words and phrases, but more enjoyably, he discusses the sonic essence of words and letters and phrases.

    He talks of pips and pops and fits and stops. The slither and hiss of an s. How stuff is just fun to say, and how the x helps give fix its meaning. Any word could have been arbitrarily used to mean "place securely; make firm". We could say whimsical, or flabajabba, but we don't. We say fix, because it just sounds right. Sure, there is an etymological heritage to fix getting its current meaning, but when it comes down to it, fix just sounds good. Fix is, as he puts it, "sonicky", and that is what the book is about. Not so much how to use words, but reminding us to recognize how words should be used and to enjoy them. There is 'juice' in the alphabet.

    The book is really great fun to read, if you enjoy words. It has also made me self-conscious of how I misuse words and have mediocre writing skills. I have gained a greater appreciation for those that can write well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2013

    The Darkest Hour chapter 2

    The smoke burned my eyes, yet it was better than getting the thing. They burned the dead people. As I headed back to my house, the "nursery rhyme" of the working people filled my mind. When I got to the door, it was loud as ever combined with the real singing. I opened it slowly and gave a hug to Granddad. He was a doctor, but he didn't touch the people with the Thing. He made cures for the other doctors and was trying to name the Thing. When I saw him, he grinned and said, "Roy and I found a name for the thing. Not a very good one, but a name! The Plague. We have a dinner tonight for celebration!" I smiled wide and asked, "Will he bring one of his presents for me?" Granddad nodded. Roy was an adventurerer and a traveler. Every day he came, he would bring a souvenier from his latest adventure as a present for me. Once, he even brought me a turtle! While I was lost in the muffled singing, I heard a ring. I ran to the door. Roy was striding through the door in his friendly yet mysterious way, and, before I could close the door, Jeremy ran in urgently. "Frankie?" "Yep." "Thought so." "No, more urgent. She died."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2012

    gift for English major, he enjoys it.

    It was a gift for a English major still in college along with the 2nd book alpha better juice.

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