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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

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After 40 years of making a living using words in every medium, print or electronic, Blount still can't get over his ABCs. In "Alphabet Juice," he ... Show synopsis

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The joy of pedantry

by sarge@gerbode.net on Aug 11, 2011

While I fully enjoy Ray Blount in his capacity as participant on "Wait, wait; don't tell me!", I was disappointed in this book. I love words, and books about words, but this one basically consists of Blount's *opinions* about words, phrased in a self-conscious manner intending to be humorous, not quite pulling it off, and coming across as supercilious instead. It's not about the words; it's about how clever and knowledgeable Blount is, a topic of lesser interest to me.

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