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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 stand-up comedian Roy Blount Jr. His word list, from ad hominy to zizz, is hearty, complete bodied, and out to thrill discriminating palates coarse and nice. In 2008, he celebrated the gists, tangs, and energies of letters and their mixtures in Alphabet Juice, to huge acclaim. Now, Alphabetter Juice. that is better.

This e-book 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. excellent court docket locate relevance in gollywoddles? could there be medical facts for the sonicky worth of hunch? And why could an individual no longer hassle to spell safely the very notice he's attempting to outline on Urbandictionary.com?

Digging into how locutions evolve, and paintings, or fail, Blount attracts upon every thing from The Tempest to The Wire. he's taking us to Iceland, for salmon-watching with a "girl gillie," and to Georgian England, the place a unique etymologist bites off extra of a "giantess" than he can bite. Jimmy Stewart seems, 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 put up booklet World, "The immensely likeable Blount sincerely possesses what was once referred to as within the Italian Renaissance 'sprezzatura,' that infrequent and enviable skill to do even the main tough issues with out breaking a sweat." Alphabetter Juice is brimming with sprezzatura. Have a style.

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It cuts down on the time required to locate letters and words. Place five letters in sequence, but insert an extra letter. The objective is to identify the ‘odd one out’. Choose a letter in the first half of the alphabet, such as C. Then ask the pupil to continue to name the next five letters. Do the same for a letter in the second half. Ask the pupil to find for example the first consonant in the alphabet or the third vowel. Put three wooden letters in a bag. Ask the pupil to put a hand in the bag and to identify them by feel.

Use a variety of worksheets with missing letters in sequence, and ask the pupils to fill these in when they are able to write the letters. com) which teaches initial sounds, letter shapes and sound–symbol relationships. xavier. uk) teaches basic letter sound and name correspondences. AtoZap (www. uk) has a number of useful software packages to help pupils explore the alphabet in an amusing and interactive way. Use carpet tiles or sandpaper and ask the pupil to trace the letter to develop kinaesthetic awareness, and to help develop a visual pattern of individual letters.

Of those who failed to perform the alphabet task many were later assessed as being dyslexic. Waites (1980) conducted a study of writing the alphabet in normal and 198 dyslexic children and his results showed that ‘at age ten, almost 40 per cent of our dyslexic children were still making errors compared with only 15 per cent of the normal population at that age’. Difficulties associated with acquiring alphabetic knowledge Difficulties with alphabetic knowledge are not manifested only in small children.

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