Richard Lederer is the true king of language comedy. Anguished English is the funniest book I have ever read.”—Sidney Sheldon. Fourth in the Anguished English series (The Bride of Anguished English, Richard Lederer, Author, Jim McLean, Illustrator St. Martin’s Press. Anguished English is the impossibly funny anthology of accidental assaults upon our common language. From bloopers and Richard Lederer. Gibbs Smith.
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Dec 22, Emily Andrews rated it did not like it Shelves: I find I sustain a few of these in my elder years as well or not so well. Chi ama i libri sceglie Kobo e inMondadori. Paperbackpages.
However, I was disappointed because 1 I was expecting a humorous take on grammar abuses a la Eats, Shoots, and Leaves and instead it turned out to be a collection of language “bloopers” of every ilk.
However, as the book goes on, it feels like Richard Lederer is trying too hard to pull together some of the jokes, with many mistakes that simply don’t tickle the funny bone. The curious origins of common words and phrases. Kederer perfect bathroom book, provided you can sit on the can while laughing uncontrollably.
Whoops, your Freudian slip is showing. Some of the examples are, I suspect apocryphal, and some are less fresh than they were back when the book was published thanks to their wide distribution We actually read this book years ago and have dipped into it countless times since but that was pre-Goodreads so it has never been logged as a Goodreads book.
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Dec 25, Matt rated it it was amazing. I mean, come on, the book was published in the nineties, not the sixties. Item s unavailable for purchase. At any rate, the novelty was gone, and they weren’t all that clever or amusing to begin with. Other chapters are cleverly titled “Disord I received this book as a gift Ratings and Reviews 0 1 star ratings 0 reviews. Lederer has collected the most hilarious misuses of the English language from student papers “The sun never set on the British Empire because the British Empire is in the East and the sun sets in the West”newspaper advertisements “Stock up and save.
It really isn’t this book’s fault that I didn’t like it.
Your Sense of Humor. Aug 01, Richard Thompson rated it really liked it Shelves: I’ve actually read parts of this–hilarious! Other chapters are cleverly titled “Disorder in the Court!
The Bride of Anguished English: A Bonus of Bloopers, Blunders, Botches, and Boo-Boos
Suffering, Love and Hope: View all 7 comments. Jul 19, Krista the Krazy Kataloguer marked it as to-read Shelves: View all 5 comments. Sometimes, the funniest moments in life are completely accidental. The book is also available in print format. Other sections are just a bunch of examples that contain no humor, and where often the intended meaning is clear enough that you have to squint at the text indefinitely to find the unintentional joke — or else the joke just isn’t funny that’s subjective, of course.
If you have ever been a teacher, a writer or one of those people who hates words such as “ain’t”, you will love this book. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! View all 4 comments.
Anguished English: An Anthology of Accidental Assaults Upon Our Language
That might have been my mistake. The Illustrated Dictionary of Snark. Malaprop apart from the obvious French one.