Anguished English An Anthology of Accidental Assaults upon the English Language

ISBN-10: 0941711811
ISBN-13: 9780941711814
Edition: 2006
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Description: Anguished English is the impossibly funny anthology of accidental assaults upon our common language. From bloopers and blunders to Signs of the Times to Mixed-Up Metaphors . . . from Two-Headed Headlines to Mangling Modifiers . . . it's a collection  More...

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Book details

List price: $9.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Gibbs Smith, Publisher
Publication date: 4/19/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 4.25" wide x 6.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

Anguished English is the impossibly funny anthology of accidental assaults upon our common language. From bloopers and blunders to Signs of the Times to Mixed-Up Metaphors . . . from Two-Headed Headlines to Mangling Modifiers . . . it's a collection that will leave you roaring with delight and laughter. Help wanteds: Wanted: Unmarried girls to pick fresh fruit and produce at night. Two-Headed Headlines: Grandmother of eight makes hole in one! Doctor testifies in horse suit. Modern-Day Malapropisms: I suffer from a deviant septum.

Richard Lederer, the well-known wordsmith, originally intended to practice medicine. He entered Haverford College as a pre-medical student, but when he realized that he was more interested in the textbooks' language than their substance, he switched his major to English. He next attended Harvard Law School, but again switched majors--this time entering Harvard's Master of Arts and Teaching program. After graduation, he taught English and media at St. Paul's School, in Concord, N.H., for 27 years. Upon earning his Ph.D. in English and Linguistics from the University of New Hampshire, he decided to pursue a career writing books on the English language. His first book, Anguished English, was a popular success and launched his career. His books, newspaper columns, and speaking engagements have allowed Lederer, in his own words, "to extend my mission of teachership." Lederer describes himself as a "verbivore" - one who consumes words. He says, "Carnivores eat meat; herbivores eat plants and vegetables; verbivores devour words." His fascination with word play (particularly, palindromes and puns) resulted in his nicknames--"Attila the Pun" and "Conan the Grammarian."

Bill Thompson, III is the editor of Bird Watcher's Digest , the popular bimonthly magazine that has been published by his family since 1978, and the author of the best-selling book Bird Watching For Dummies . His articles on bird watching have appeared in books and magazines including National Gardening .nbsp; Bill is a frequent guest on bird and nature radio shows.nbsp; He also is a Director of the Ohio Ornithological Society and a longtime member of The American Birding Association.nbsp; Bill's favorite bird watching is done near the 80-acre old farm he shares with his wife and kids outside Whipple, Ohio.

Introduction
Schoolishness
Student Bloopers Win Pullet Surprises
The World According to Student Bloopers
Excuses. Excuses
It's a Blunderful World
Disorder in the Court!
Accidental Bloopers
Wholly Holy Bloopers
Signs of the Times
Stop the Presses!
Two-Headed Headlines
Galley Oops!
Addled Ads
Inspired Gibberish
Lost in Translation
Modern-Day Malapropisms
Mixed-Up Metaphors
An Irish Bull Is Always Pregnant
Goldwynisms and Berraisms
Grammar Gaffes
Mangling Modifiers
References Wanted
Laffing at Mispellings
Howta Reckanize Amercan Slurvian

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