BOOK RIOT

Apr 17

11 Grammatical Words and Terms That Sound Dirty

Because I have the maturity level of an eight-year-old, here’s a list of grammar terms and words that sound dirty. Use them to excite the grammar lover in your life.

Interrobang
What it sounds like: Getting it on. “We couldn’t sleep – the neighbors were making too much noise interrobanging all night.”

What it actually means: An interrobang is a punctuation mark ‽ designed for use especially at the end of an exclamatory rhetorical question (I like that in the definition I read, they include ‘rhymes with orangutan.’)

(Definition: Merriam-Webster Online)

Diphthong
What it sounds like: Underthings. “You could see her dipthong peeking out of the top of her jeans.”

What it actually means: A gliding monosyllabic speech sound (as the vowel combination at the end of toy) that starts at or near the articulatory position for one vowel and moves to or toward the position of another.

(Definition: Merriam-Webster Online)

Dangling participle
What it sounds like
: Naughty bits.

What it actually means: A participle intended to modify a noun that is not actually present in the text.

(Definition: Oxford Dictionaries)

Fricatives
What it sounds like: The heat caused by rubbing up against one another.

What it actually means: A consonant characterized by frictional passage of the expired breath through a narrowing at some point in the vocal tract.

(Definition: Merriam-Webster Online)

Apposition
What it sounds like: “We tried more appositions than they show in the Kama Sutra.”

What it actually means: A grammatical construction in which two usually adjacent nouns having the same referent stand in the same syntactical relation to the rest of a sentence.

(Definition: Merriam-Webster Online)

Assimilation
What it sounds like: Well…I don’t know, but it has the word ‘ass’ in it. Teehee.

What it actually means: Change of a sound in speech so that it becomes identical with or similar to a neighboring sound.

(Definition: Merriam-Webster Online)

Conjugate
What it sounds like: Those special visits that inmates receive in prison.

What it actually means: To join together. Wait…

(Definition: The Free Dictionary)

Compound
What it sounds like: To give a vigorous rutting.

What it actually means: Of or pertaining to a compound sentence or compound-complex sentence.

(Definition: Dictionary.com)

Preposition
What it sounds like: To ask for sex. “Maura threw her drink in Eric’s face after he prepositioned her at the bar.”

What it actually means: A function word that typically combines with a noun phrase to form a phrase which usually expresses a modification or predication.

(Definition: Merriam-Webster Online)

Hyphenate
What it sounds like: Hyperventilating. “Their vigorous rutting left them both hyphenating.”

What it actually means: To connect (as two words) or divide (as a word at the end of a line of print) with a hyphen.

(Definition: Merriam-Webster Online)

Ellipsis
What it sounds like: What you kiss with. “They pressed their ellipsis together hard.”

What it actually means: The omission from speech or writing of a word or words that are superfluous or able to be understood from contextual clues.

(Definition: Oxford Dictionaries)

Critical Linking: April 17, 2014

Our daily round-up of bookish links. Tastes great with coffee. 

Read Hundreds of Free Sci-Fi Stories from Asimov, Lovecraft, Bradbury, Dick, Clarke & More

I’m not exactly sure how these are all available for free, but I’ll bite.

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Chloe Grace Moretz will star in the studio’s YA adaptation The 5th Wave that Graham King and Tobey Maguire are producing.

Are we going to get sick of comic book movies or YA dystopia movies first?

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The 2014 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction has been awarded to E. L. Doctorow, the author of“Ragtime,” “The March,” “World’s Fair” and several other works of fiction.

Other winners include Philip Roth, Toni Morrison, John Updike, Isabel Allende, and Don DeLillo. Kinda like an American Nobel. Without the money.

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Almost half (46%) of the men asked are reading fewer books now than they did in the past; a third prefer the internet and 30% engage more with film and TV. One in five men confessed that they have pretended to have read a specific title in order to appear more intelligent. It also emerged that almost 30% of men admit that they haven’t really picked up a book since they were obliged to at school.

One way to spin this: that 46% who said they read less now than they once did, 30% said they haven’t picked up a book at school, so somewhere around only 16% of men who have read a book since school are reading less than they once did. How many do you think, then, might actually be reading more?

Apr 16

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slaughterhouse90210:

“For so long I had eaten my greens and here - at last! - was my ice-cream sundae.” 

― Claire Messud, The Woman Upstairs

slaughterhouse90210:

“For so long I had eaten my greens and here - at last! - was my ice-cream sundae.”

― Claire Messud, The Woman Upstairs

“That’s been my problem with the endings of the last few books I’ve read. They don’t feel like the inevitable endings of these stories, what I believe, within the world the author has set up in the beginning and developed in the middle, would really happen. They feel like “This book is about to end so I better wrap things up, okay, the conflict that had been going on the entire book is resolved, okay there’s a deus ex machina and the characters that were in danger aren’t anymore, okay, we’re done.”” — I Am The Last-Page Grinch: My Problem With Unsatisfying Book Endings | BOOK RIOT

Critical Linking: April 16, 2014

Our daily round-up of bookish links. Tastes great with coffee. 

If you’re reading this, you almost certainly use Oxford Dictionaries Online, and if you use Oxford Dictionaries Online, you’ve probably used the search box – and have you ever wondered which words receive the highest number of search requests?

I guess we are all just looking for love.

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That was fast! Your 2013 National Book Award winner is already getting its film adaptation: Liev Schreiber and Jaden Smith are both attached toThe Good Lord Bird, based on the novel by James McBride.

Live Schreiber as John Brown is inspired casting.

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“As Amazon has exploded with growth, hiring thousands of tech workers at its downtown headquarters and helping bolster the Seattle economy, local bookstore owners have seen a surprising new side of the company they loved to hate,” writes Kirk Johnson.

It’s almost like everyone who works for a giant company aren’t all the same.

Apr 15

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“In a world where John Green takes up nearly half of the New York Times YA Bestsellers list and can tweet something as innocuous as “The next couple of months are going to be a little nuts around here” to the tune of almost 700 retweets, why aren’t more people like him, with enormous social platforms, giving a little time to these conversations? What does he — or any other of a number of well-positioned, socially-connected YA authors (white men and some white women) — stand to lose from addressing these concerns? Would a reblog or a retweet of one of the first of a series of stories kill their career? Or would it help the voices of those who deserve to be heard get that attention?” — We Need Bigger Megaphones for Diversity in Kid Lit | BOOK RIOT

(via If George R.R. Martin Wrote Mad Men - Neatorama)

(via If George R.R. Martin Wrote Mad Men - Neatorama)

Critical Linking: April 15, 2014

Our daily round-up of bookish links. Tastes great with coffee. 

The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck’s landmark novel of The Great Depression in the US, is 75 years old this week. Have you saved up enough knowledge to get through our quiz?

Take a shot at this quiz, okie.

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Of course, this kind of luxury experience will set you back: the plays are $545 apiece, with a complete set weighing in at $21,335.

There are luxurious editions. Then there are head-scratchingly precious editions. And then there are these.

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Dave Eggers’s latest novel will be published on June 17, just eight months after the appearance of his last, the social-media cautionary tale“The Circle.” The new book’s title is a two-sentence mouthful: “Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?”

You know you write novels fast when Joyce Carol Oates is all “Slow your roll, son!”