Year 6, Book 65

65. Alphabetter Juice: or the, Joy of Text by Roy Blount, Jr.

I won an autographed copy of this book at the American Library Association’s annual conference. In this follow-up to Alphabet Juice, Blount, Jr examines language through his own observations on words and phrases as well as research on their pronunciations and origins from a variety of sources. There was a lot of humor integrated into many of the entries, but as there is no narrative arc I found the book a little tedious to read. It’s kind of like trying to sit down and read the encyclopedia straight through. Lots of interesting information, but not necessarily the easiest thing to do. I give it a 5 out of 10.

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