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The Bride Of Anguished English

Author : Richard Lederer
ISBN : 9781429906395
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
File Size : 50.19 MB
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For years wordsmith and punster Richard Lederer has charmed and delighted fans with his bestselling "Anguished English" series. In his funniest book yet, readers will again cherish the author's latest chronicle of the goofs and gaffes and fluffs and flubs of our anguished language. And the best part? Everything in here actually occurred! Nothing has been made up! Bloopers from foreign restaurants include: * "Our wines leave you nothing to hope for." * "As for the tripe served here, you will be singing its praises to your grandchildren on your deathbed." Excerpts from students' twisted history papers include: * "World War I made the people so sad that it brought on the Great Depression." * "America was founded by four fathers. Delegates from the original 13 states formed the Contented Congress. Thomas Jefferson, a Virgin, and Benjamin Franklin were two singers of the Decoration of Independence, which says that all men are cremated equal and are well endowed by their creator." Hilarious illustrations by Jim McLean make The Bride of Anguished English the perfect book for anyone who loves English with all its blunders and bloopers and quips and quirks.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

The Revenge Of Anguished English

Author : Richard Lederer
ISBN : 1936863529
Genre : Humor
File Size : 84.90 MB
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Fourth in the Anguished English series, this updated collection of verbal bloopers will have word nerds in stitches. Pulling together a hilarious array of unfortunate typos, misplaced modifiers, malapropisms, and unintended double-entendres, the grammatical gaffes of the innocent, the negligent, and the downright pompous are all brought to light. From the gas station sign stating "Eat Here and Get Gas" to the church bulletin that reads "Attend and you will hear an excellent speaker and heave a health lunch," hundreds of linguistic blunders are gathered from every layer of society and presented in this jocular assemblage, extracted exactly as they were originally presented.
Category: Humor

Anguished English

Author : Richard Lederer
ISBN : 0941711811
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
File Size : 64.81 MB
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This is an amusing anthology of assaults upon the English language, fromanted Ads to Mixed Metaphors. It includes such Advertisement bloopers as: "or sale: antique desk suitable for lady with thick legs and large drawers";nd, "Wanted: 50 girls for stripping machine operators in factory". "nguished English" is the ridiculously funny anthology of accidental assaultspon our common language. From bloopers and blunders to Signs of the Times toixed-Up Metaphors...from Two-Headed Headlines to Mangling's aollection that will leave you roaring with delight and laughter.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Word Wizard

Author : Richard Lederer
ISBN : 1429906456
Genre : Humor
File Size : 58.83 MB
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After a multi-decade career of stimulating readers to appreciate and laugh at the glories and oddities of our English language, beloved language maven Richard Lederer has collected his very best and most popular pieces in Word Wizard. In this career-capping anthology the reader will find essays that enlighten, inspire, and tickle the funny bone. From his hilarious bloopers to his hymns of praise to the English language, these essays are the brightest gems of a storied career. Word Wizard includes a new introduction, prefaces for each essay, sprightly verse, and material never before published in Leader's language books. With classic chapters such as "The World According to Student Bloopers," "English Is a Crazy Language," and "The Case for Short Words," and shiny new essays such as "The Way We Word" and "Add Wealth to Your Vocabulary," Word Wizard is sure to delight language lovers and Lederer fans everywhere.
Category: Humor

Get Thee To A Punnery

Author : Richard Lederer
ISBN : 9781423612032
Genre : Literary Criticism
File Size : 83.79 MB
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Get Thee to a Punnery proves that the pun is mightier than the sword . . . and here are sidesplitting puns of every color, stripe and persuasion to suit every whim. Even if you don't know that your humerus is your funny bone, this is the book for you. The Time of the Signs: On a diaper service truck: Rock a dry baby. On a plumber's service truck: A flush is better than a full house. Show me where Stalin is buried and I'll show you a communist plot! -Edgar Bergen Quiche me-I'm French! Hangover-the wrath of grapes Work is the ruin of the drinking classes. -Oscar Wilde
Category: Literary Criticism

The Gift Of Age

Author : Richard Lederer
ISBN : 9781933338859
Genre : Family & Relationships
File Size : 79.2 MB
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Category: Family & Relationships

Comma Sense

Author : Richard Lederer
ISBN : 9781429906449
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
File Size : 89.1 MB
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Are you confounded by commas, addled by apostrophes, or queasy about quotation marks? Do you believe a bracket is just a support for a wall shelf, a dash is something you make for the bathroom, and a colon and semicolon are large and small intestines? If so, language humorists Richard Lederer and John Shore (with the sprightly aid of illustrator Jim McLean), have written the perfect book to help make your written words perfectly precise and punctuationally profound. Don't expect Comma Sense to be a dry, academic tome. On the contrary, the authors show how each mark of punctuation—no matter how seemingly arcane—can be effortlessly associated with a great American icon: the underrated yet powerful period with Seabiscuit; the jazzy semicolon with Duke Ellington; even the rebel apostrophe with famed outlaw Jesse James. But this book is way more than a flight of whimsy. When you've finished Comma Sense, you'll not only have mastered everything you need to know about punctuation through Lederer and Shore's simple, clear, and right-on-the-mark rules, you'll have had fun doing so. When you're done laughing and learning, you'll be a veritable punctuation whiz, ready to make your marks accurately, sensitively, and effectively.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

American Trivia

Author : Richard Lederer
ISBN : 1423622782
Genre : Reference
File Size : 63.10 MB
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American Trivia includes the origin of the national anthem, stories about national treasures such as the Liberty Bell and Statue of Liberty, fascinating information about the country’s many heroes and inventors, and more!
Category: Reference

Dubious Doublets

Author : Stewart Edelstein
ISBN : UCSC:32106017602019
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
File Size : 52.8 MB
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Take an enchanting tour through the tangled roots of English Quick, what is the common denominator of the following words: onion, twinkle, travel, squad, foist, semester, October, noon, and dicker? By the time you finish reading Dubious Doublets, the answer will be as obvious to you as the relationship between lettuce and galaxy, nostril and thrill, or witch and vegetable! This surprising, enlightening, and entertaining guide uses a delightfully innovative approach to explore the evolution, lineage, and proliferation of words. Beginning with pairs of seemingly unrelated modern English words–dubious doublets–the author traces them back through the millennia to reveal not only their common roots, but also the living thoughts that form the true links between these improbable pairs. You’ll discover, for example, why the words flamenco and flamingo are both related to the complexions of the Dutch, how the biblical son of Isaac is related to a French garment and a Halloween decoration, and what going berserk has to do with playing hopscotch. You'll also uncover the common roots of such seemingly incompatible dyads as bully/friar, muscle/mouse, and everyone’s favorite, feather/hippopotamus. Richly supplemented with cultural anecdotes, literary excerpts, and lively discussions on a broad variety of relevant topics–not to mention a series of whimsical illustrations that offer intriguing clues to word origins–Dubious Doublets is, quite simply, a word buff’s delight.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines