NPR logo Gimme An "R"! Gimme A "B"! Gimme Roy Blount, Jr.!

Gimme An "R"! Gimme A "B"! Gimme Roy Blount, Jr.!

Today we have a special treat for all you logophiles* out there. Author and humorist Roy Blount, Jr., joins us to talk about his new book titled (and this one's a whopper), Alphabet Juice: The Energies, Gists, and Spirits of Letters, Words, and Combinations Thereof; Their Roots, Bones, Innards, Piths, Pips, and Secret Parts, ... With Examples of Their Usage Foul and Savory. (exhale) In our second hour, Blount will take us into the origins of words and language like only a bonafide wordsmith can.** What words do you love to roll off your tongue?

* Logophile (n.): a word lover or word buff. From the Greek logos, meaning "speech," and -phile, meaning "friend or lover." Then again, if you were a true logophile, you would already know that now, wouldn't you?
** I could've used his help on the GRE!