Fractured English

Author: Richard Lederer
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0671000365
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Fractured English from the Author: Richard Lederer. Presents a collection of humorous language errors from newspaper headlines, politician's remarks, court transcripts, insurance forms, signs, and classified ads

Double Life

Author: Alyque Padamsee
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 9351187772
Size: 39.64 MB
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Double Life from the Author: Alyque Padamsee. A Double Life traces the life and times of Alyque Padamsee, godfather of Indian advertising and patriarch of English theatre in India. Padamsee takes the reader backstage with him on an exciting, and sometimes hilarious, trip as he unfolds scenes from a career that has encompassed the launch of some of India's most successful brands, such as Liril and Kama Sutra, and blockbuster theatre productions like Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar.

Get Thee To A Punnery

Author: Richard Lederer
Publisher: Gibbs Smith
ISBN: 1423612035
Size: 45.39 MB
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Get Thee To A Punnery from the Author: Richard Lederer. 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

Here Speeching American

Author: Kathryn Petras
Publisher: Villard
ISBN: 1588364291
Size: 68.35 MB
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Here Speeching American from the Author: Kathryn Petras. THE STRANGEST (AND FUNNIEST) TRAVEL GUIDE YOU’LL EVER READ The celebrated authors of the perennial bestseller The 776 Stupidest Things Ever Said set the typical travel guide squarely on its head–taking you from the airport to the hotel, from sightseeing to dining out–by using 100 percent real examples of fractured English as spoken and posted abroad: • Feel like shopping? We have no good things to sell. –shop sign, Lovina Beach, Bali • Feeling sick? Are you haunted by the horribles? Do you run after your own nose? –Japanese medical form • Wondering what to wear? A sports jacket may be worn to dinner, but no trousers. –in a French hotel brochure • Wondering where to eat? Grill and Roast your clients! Open for lunch, dinner and Sunday Brunch. –slogan of the Hibiscus restaurant in the Jakarta Hilton International But don’t take our word for it, come see for yourself. And if that’s too much to ask, remember the sage advice from the staff of a Taipei hotel: “If there is anything we can do to assist and help you, please do not contact us.”

American Trivia

Author: Richard Lederer
Publisher: Gibbs Smith
ISBN: 9781423622789
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American Trivia from the Author: Richard Lederer. 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!

Transcendental Wordplay

Author: Michael West
Publisher: Ohio University Press
ISBN: 0821413244
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Transcendental Wordplay from the Author: Michael West. Throughout the first half of the nineteenth century, America was captivated by a muddled notion of "etymology." New England Transcendentalism was only one outcropping of a nationwide movement in which schoolmasters across small-town America taught students the roots of words in ways that dramatized religious issues and sparked wordplay. Shaped by this ferment, our major romantic authors shared the sensibility that Friedrich Schlegel linked to punning and christened "romantic irony." Notable punsters or etymologists all, they gleefully set up as sages, creating jocular masterpieces from their zest for oracular wordplay. Their search for a primal language lurking beneath all natural languages provided them with something like a secret language that encodes their meanings. To fathom their essentially comic masterpieces we must decipher it. Interpreting Thoreau as an ironic moralist, satirist, and social critic rather than a nature-loving mystic, Transcendental Wordplay suggests that the major American Romantics shared a surprising conservatism. In this award-winning study, Professor West rescues the pun from critical contempt and allows readers to enjoy it as a serious form of American humor.

The Gift Of Age

Author: Richard Lederer
Publisher: Marion Street Press
ISBN: 1933338857
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The Gift Of Age from the Author: Richard Lederer. Humour.

Crazy English

Author: Richard Lederer
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 143913894X
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Crazy English from the Author: Richard Lederer. In what other language, asks Lederer, do people drive on a parkway and park in a driveway, and your nose can run and your feet can smell? In CRAZY ENGLISH, Lederer frolics through the logic-boggling byways of our language, discovering the names for phobias you didn't know you could have, the longest words in our dictionaries, and the shortest sentence containing every letter in the alphabet. You'll take a bird's-eye view of our beastly language, feast on a banquet of mushrooming food metaphors, and meet the self-reflecting Doctor Rotcod, destined to speak only in palindromes.

The Wonder Of Their Voices

Author: Alan Rosen
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199889562
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The Wonder Of Their Voices from the Author: Alan Rosen. Over the last several decades, video testimony with aging Holocaust survivors has brought these witnesses into the limelight. Yet the success of these projects has made it seem that little survivor testimony took place in earlier years. In truth, thousands of survivors began to recount their experience at the earliest opportunity. This book provides the first full-length case study of early postwar Holocaust testimony, focusing on David Boder's 1946 displaced persons interview project. In July 1946, Boder, a psychologist, traveled to Europe to interview victims of the Holocaust who were in the Displaced Persons (DP) camps and what he called "shelter houses." During his nine weeks in Europe, Boder carried out approximately 130 interviews in nine languages and recorded them on a wire recorder. Likely the earliest audio recorded testimony of Holocaust survivors, the interviews are valuable today for the spoken word (that of the DP narrators and of Boder himself) and also for the song sessions and religious services that Boder recorded. Eighty sessions were eventually transcribed into English, most of which were included in a self-published manuscript. Alan Rosen sets Boder's project in the context of the postwar response to displaced persons, sketches the dramatic background of his previous life and work, chronicles in detail the evolving process of interviewing both Jewish and non-Jewish DPs, and examines from several angles the implications for the history of Holocaust testimony. Such early postwar testimony, Rosen avers, deserves to be taken on its own terms rather than to be enfolded into earlier or later schemas of testimony. Moreover, Boder's efforts and the support he was given for them demonstrate that American postwar response to the Holocaust was not universally indifferent but rather often engaged, concerned, and resourceful.

Midori By Moonlight

Author: Wendy Nelson Tokunaga
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
ISBN: 1429970154
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Midori By Moonlight from the Author: Wendy Nelson Tokunaga. Midori Saito's dream seems about to come true. Too independent for Japanese society, Midori is a young woman who has always felt like a stranger in her native land. So when she falls in love with Kevin, an American English teacher, she readily agrees to leave home and start a new life with him in San Francisco--as his fiancée. Kevin seems to be the perfect man. That is, until he dumps her for his blonde ex-fiancée, whom Midori never even knew existed. Midori is left on her own, with just a smattering of fractured English, not much cash, and a fiancée visa set to expire in sixty days. Unable to face the humiliation of telling her parents she's been jilted, and not wanting to give up on her "American Dream," Midori realizes she's in for quite a challenge. Her only hope is her new acquaintance (and potential landlord) Shinji, a successful San Francisco graphic artist and amateur moon gazer who fled Japan after a family tragedy. And eventually, Midori surprises even herself as she proves she will do almost anything to hang on to her dream of a new life.