Alphabetter Juice

Or, the Joy of Text

by Roy Blount Jr.

Alphabetter Juice

Paperback, 283 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, List Price: $15 | purchase

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The NPR panelist and humorist presents a second helping of dexterous and lighthearted vocabulary factoids, fripperies, and phenomena compiled to raise awareness about the relationship between words and their various definitions.

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"Give me writing that reeks of sound and motion," writes Roy Blount Jr. as he one-ups his 2008 lexicon, Alphabet Juice, with Alphabetter Juice.

Blount is partial to words that are what he calls "sonicky," at once sonic and kinesthetic — words like hump, hunch, blurt and blob. He likes hippopotamus for evoking both hippy and bottomous and because it's fun to say. Before getting into the etymology of strumpet, he comments, "A synonym

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