Mar. 27, 2009 8:22 PM
  • Length: 10:55 minutes (8 MB)

Roy Blount Jr is a Southern humorist and frequent panelist on NPR's weekly news quiz show, Wait Wait Don't Tell Me. His 21st book, Alphabet Juice, examines the energies, gists, roots, and pips of sonicky words from A to Z. Mother Jones multimedia editor Laura McClure spoke with Blount about Obama's word choices, the best phrases to come out of the recession, and the pros and cons of keeping a Southern accent.

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