Book review: "Alphabet Juice"

"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" by Roy Blount Jr., Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, October 2008

I will get right to the point: "Alphabet Juice" made me laugh right out loud. It’s the funniest book I’ve ever read about usage. Of course, it has very little competition for that honor, and a word nerd/grammar geek/usage freak like me is probably the book’s ideal reader. Still, what truly sets the book apart is that the humor is laced with the writer’s keen observations and with his knowledge. Roy Blount Jr. says he hopes the book will help people who want to write better. I learned a lot about the English language even as I giggled. I won’t even try to reproduce the humor in this post

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