Alphabet Juice

Humorist and author Roy Blount, Jr., talked about his book Alphabet Juice: The Energies, Gists, and Spirits of Letters, Words, and Combinations Thereof; Their Roots, Bones,… read more

Humorist and author Roy Blount, Jr., talked about his book 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 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux; October 14, 2008). In the book he examines the roots of several commonly used words and argues against the belief that their meanings are arbitrary. Mr. Blount presents the historical background of words ranging from agenda to snarky.

This program was a presentation of “ALOUD at Central Library” by the Los Angeles Library Foundation in association with the Los Angeles Public Library.

Roy Blount Jr. is the author of over twenty books, including Long Time Leaving: Dispatches from Up South. Mr. Blount is a contributing editor to The Atlantic Monthly, a panelist on NPR’s “Wait, Wait...Don’t Tell Me!” and a usage consultant to the American Heritage Dictionary. close

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Alphabet Juice

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Location:
Los Angeles, California, United States
First Aired:
Dec 25, 2008 | 1:01pm EST | C-SPAN 2
Last Aired:
Dec 29, 2008 | 4:59am EST | C-SPAN 2

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  • Dec 25, 2008 | 1:01pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Dec 26, 2008 | 1:01am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Dec 27, 2008 | 8:00pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Dec 29, 2008 | 4:59am EST | C-SPAN 2
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