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Anguished English: An Anthology of Accidental Assaults upon Our Language Mass Market Paperback – August 5, 1989
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Dr. Lederer is the author of more than 40 books about language, history, and humor, including his best-selling ANGUISHED ENGLISH series and his current books, AMERICAN TRIVIA, AMAZING WORDS, HILARIOUS HOLIDAY HUMOR, and THE BIG BOOK OF WORDPLAY CROSSWORDS. His works range from bloopers and puns to word origins and word games to pets and American history.
With Charles Harrington Elster, Richard Lederer is founding co-host of "A Way With Words" on National Public Radio. His language columns appear in newspapers and magazines throughout the United States, including the San Diego UNION-TRIBUNE.
Richard Lederer has been named International Punster of the Year and Toastmasters International's Golden Gavel winner.
Top Customer Reviews
When you read a want ad that says: "Mixing bowl set designed to please a cook with round bottom for efficient beating," or the headline "Stiff Opposition Expected to Casketless Funeral Plan," you have to laugh.
It also reminds me of what a boss once told me: You can always deny what you said; you can never deny what you wrote.
This book is "overpriced, and worth every penny of it."
You can buy this at Amazon which is on sale for $7.95.
Every time our kids would read, "Missing masterpiece found by tree" (an actual headline) or "Texas Colleges still a Bargain, Education Extra," and go into paroxysms of laughter, I knew they were also learning something about sentence structure. So it's a great book to give to kids age 11 - 17.
Sometimes people are reluctant to buy humor books because they think that if they've read it once, it won't be funny enough to pick up again. Not so with this book. Crack it open at random and you'll laugh as hard as the first time.
The biggest drawback to the book is that other than or Lederer's short and sometimes forced introductions to each chapter, the book is basically a series of lists, ordered by topic, with no indication of source. Though written in 1978 before the Internet truly got underway, the book often resembles the annoying "funny" e-mails that circulate today on the web. In Lederer's defense, I suspect that some of today's e-mails are actually rip-off's of "Anguished English." But it would have added to his efforts if he had described the process of accumulating his trove of malapropisms, informing us about the source, rather than just laying them out, naked on the ice, as it were. That would have given the reader a bit more to chew on than the warmed over fare offered here, some of which seem too perfect to be true. For instance, it's hard to believe that the journalist who wrote, "IS THERE A RING OF DEBRIS AROUND URANUS?" didn't know exactly what he/she was doing. Yet this headline is offered as an unintentional mistake.Read more ›
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One of the funniest books ever written. I recommend you don't try to just sit down and read. Rather take turns reading these little anecdotes out loud. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Thomas H. Kregel
Absolutely hysterical! I always send this book to healing friends. Laughter is the best medicine!Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is very funny and is the third copy I've bought - one for myself and two for gifts. Guaranteed to make you laugh!Published 5 months ago by bettiola
Lederer has pulled together a nice cross-section of real-life cases. It certainly is an entertaining read, particularly for lovers of the English (or at least the American... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Wesley C. Patrick
The original treasure trove of English language gaffs, goof, and bloopers from a wide range of communications media.Published 5 months ago by J. Lody
I purchased this as a gift - my mother LOVES all of Richard Lederer's books. If you're fascinated with words, I think you'll be happy with his books.Published 6 months ago by Annie D
A great read to keep on hand for those "waiting for something" moments. Chuckles a plenty.Published 8 months ago by Silvermatter