Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Yes, Please

Here are three things about ALPHABETTER JUICE, Roy Blount Jr.'s sequel to his lexicological compendium ALPHABET JUICE. 1) Citing the OED (!) as his source, Mr. Blount informs us that Q-tips were invented in 1923 and originally called "Baby Gays." 2) Mr. Blount gives Jerry Lewis some grief for once proclaiming, "My humility in this moment is staggering." 3) The entry under "clown" begins, "Want to hear a sad clown story?" Yes, please!