Lederer On Language

Author: Richard Lederer
Publisher: Marion Street Press
ISBN: 1936863421
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Lederer On Language from the Author: Richard Lederer. In this wide-ranging collection of essays, Richard Lederer offers readers more of the irrepressible wordplay and linguistic high jinks his fans can't get enough of, along with observations on a life in letters. From an inner-city classroom to a wordy weekend retreat, from centuries-old etymological legacies to the latest in slang, dialects, and fadspeak, these essays transport, inform, and entertain as only Lederer can. The book includes more than 30 chapters, such as A Declaration of Linguistic Independence, Our Uppity English Language, Etymological Snapshots, and Jest for the Pun of It.

The Miracle Of Language

Author: Richard Lederer
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439139407
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The Miracle Of Language from the Author: Richard Lederer. Master verbalist Richard Lederer, America's "Wizard of Idiom" (Denver Post), presents a love letter to the most glorious of human achievements... Welcome to Richard Lederer's beguiling celebration of language -- of our ability to utter, write, and receive words. No purists need stop here. Mr. Lederer is no linguistic sheriff organizing posses to hunt down and string up language offenders. Instead, join him "In Praise of English," and discover why the tongue described in Shakespeare's day as "of small reatch" has become the most widely spoken language in history: English never rejects a word because of race, creed, or national origin. Did you know that jukebox comes from Gullah and canoe from Haitian Creole? Many of our greatest writers have invented words and bequeathed new expressions to our eveyday conversations. Can you imagine making up almost ten percent of our written vocabulary? Scholars now know that William Shakespeare did just that! He also points out the pitfalls and pratfalls of English. If a man mans a station, what does a woman do? In the "The Department of Redundancy Department," "Is English Prejudiced?" and other essays, Richard Lederer urges us not to abandon that which makes us human: the capacity to distinguish, discriminate, compare, and evaluate.

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.

A Man Of My Words

Author: Richard Lederer
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780312317867
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A Man Of My Words from the Author: Richard Lederer. A new collection of essays by the language expert and author of Anguished English celebrates the joys and curiosities of regional dialects, puns, slang, the art of teaching, and the author's visits to classrooms within and outside of the United States. Reprint.

Anguished English

Author: Richard Lederer
Publisher: Gibbs Smith
ISBN: 9780941711814
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Anguished English from the Author: Richard Lederer. 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 Modifiers...it's aollection that will leave you roaring with delight and laughter.

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

Word Wizard

Author: Richard Lederer
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
ISBN: 9781429906456
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Word Wizard from the Author: Richard Lederer. 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.

American Trivia Quiz Book

Author: Richard Lederer
Publisher: Gibbs Smith
ISBN: 1423637275
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American Trivia Quiz Book from the Author: Richard Lederer. Just How Much Do You Know About Our Great Nation? Recent surveys reveal that more Americans can name at least two members of the Simpsons’ cartoon family than can name the first four American presidents in order. Richard Lederer and Caroline McCullagh have written the American Trivia Quiz Book to make your knowledge of our nation’s history at least match the nation’s knowledge of The Simpsons. The American Trivia Quiz Book brims with fascinating facts about the people, places, and events that make our nation great, with a series of fun and informative quizzes on subjects ranging from Columbus to baseball. There are questions about presidents and first ladies, explorers and inventors, heroes and poets. Impress (and stump) your friends with your knowledge of all things American. In the process, you’ll find our national gifts of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to be even more precious. Richard Lederer, Ph.D., is the author of more than 40 books about language, history, and humor, including his best-selling Anguished English series and Presidential Trivia and American Trivia. He has been profiled in magazines as diverse as The New Yorker, People, and the National Inquirer, and is founding cohost of A Way with Words on public radio. Dr. Lederer’s syndicated column, “Lederer on Language,” appears in newspapers and magazines throughout the United States. He has been elected International Punster of the Year and Toastmasters International’s Golden Gavel winner. Caroline McCullagh, coauthor of American Trivia, earned a master’s degree in anthropology from the University of California, San Diego. Her diverse writing projects include four novels, a cookbook, a student opera (under the auspices of San Diego Opera), and nine years of monthly garden book reviews for the San Diego Horticultural Society. She also teaches creative writing to seniors two days a week.

Richard Lederer S Literary Trivia

Author: Richard Lederer
Publisher: Gibbs Smith
ISBN: 1423637712
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Richard Lederer S Literary Trivia from the Author: Richard Lederer. What fictional detective survived an attempted murder by his creator? (Sherlock Holmes) Who was the single mother, living on state benefits, whose wizardly series of novels has made her the richest writer in England? (J. K. Rowling) Which American poet composed and read a poem at John F. Kennedy's inauguration? (Robert Frost) Richard Lederer is the author of more than 3,000 books and articles about language. His syndicated column, "Looking at Language," appears in newspapers and magazines throughout the United States. He has been elected International Punster of the Year and has been profiled in The New Yorker, People and The National Enquirer. Lederer hosts A Way with Words on weekend public radio. He lives with his wife in San Diego.

The Play Of Words

Author: Richard Lederer
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781439138960
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The Play Of Words from the Author: Richard Lederer. Do you know the connection between the expression A HARROWING EXPERIENCE and agriculture, between BY AND LARGE and sailing, between GET YOUR GOAT and horses, or between STEAL YOUR THUNDER and show business? You probably have heard the comparisons HAPPY AS A CLAM, SMART AS A WHIP, PLEASED AS PUNCH, DEAD AS A DOORNAIL - but have you ever wondered why a clam should be happy, a whip smart, punch pleased, and a doornail dead? By playing the fifty games in this book , you'll discover the answers to these questions as well as hundreds of other semantic delights that repose in our marvelous English language.