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Alphabetter Juice: or, The Joy of Text

Lexical fanatics will happily flock to Roy Blount's second book focused on boisterous wordplay, curmudgeonly opinion-mongering, and all-round vocabulary frivolity. The author proves a playful heir to William Safire and his generational peers.

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Virtual Words

Does any field of endeavor contribute more new words to our language than science and technology? Politics, music, and literature combined run a distant second. Why and how does this sphere of human activity generate so many neologisms and new constructions of old terms? The man in charge of Wired magazine's "Jargon Watch" provides the answers.

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July 24: On this day in 1725 John Newton, the slave trader-preacher who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace," was born.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

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