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By Roy Blount Jr.

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 thrill discriminating palates coarse and tremendous. In 2008, he celebrated the gists, tangs, and energies of letters and their combos 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 now not frogless, within the Oxford English Dictionary? How can the U. S. ideal courtroom locate relevance in gollywoddles? could there be clinical proof for the sonicky worth of hunch? And why might somebody now not hassle to spell properly the very note he's attempting to outline on Urbandictionary.com?

Digging into how locutions evolve, and paintings, or fail, Blount attracts upon every little 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 extraordinary etymologist bites off extra of a "giantess" than he can chunk. Jimmy Stewart seems to be, 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 publish ebook World, "The immensely likeable Blount essentially possesses what was once 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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4. indd 55 Exceeding the Standards: Vocabulary & Spelling AM TRADITION, UNIT 7 55 4/15/09 12:47:44 PM Some Native American words entered English through Spanish or French. For example, the word cannibal came through Spanish. Tip 5. In addition to plant and animal terms, other words have been borrowed. Here are some examples. Aleut/Inuit anorak igloo kayak parka Just for Fun Make an illustrated glossary of words borrowed from Native American languages. Use clippings from magazines or draw or paint illustrations for several of the plant and animal words listed in this lesson.

A. irrelevant B. irelevant C. irrellevant D. irrelevent Exceeding the Standards: Vocabulary & Spelling © EMC Publishing, LLC 4/15/09 12:47:41 PM Name: ____________________________________________________ Date: ___________________ LESSON 19 Borrowed Words Understand the Concept America has been called the great melting pot, and American English reflects the variety of backgrounds that have shaped the nation. Some words have been borrowed outright from other languages and others have been adapted for use in English.

The following are some of the most commonly confused homophones. Commonly Confused Homophones cite/sight/site. Cite means to quote or refer to. Sight means vision. Site means place or location, as in campsite and website. , extreme His arrant negativity has put us all in a bad mood. The word arrant might be confused with the word errant, because they share the same pronunciation. ” These are examples of homophones. flair/flare. Flair means skill, ability, or style. Flare means to emit a sudden burst of flame or temper, as in the term flare-up.

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