Though English may be one of the crazier languages--Lederer claims that about 80 percent of our words are not spelled phonetically--they are all, he says, a little crazy. "That's because language is invented ... by boys and girls and men and women, not computers. As such, language reflects the creative and fearful asymmetry of the human race, which, of course, isn't really a race at all." --Jane Steinberg
I have enjoyed many of Richard Lederer's books, but this one was a disappointment. Once you get past the first few chapters (which are good) the book deteriorTes into lists of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by T. Hill
This book is really interesting! There are many weird subjects and actually makes you laugh by the way it is written.
It was well packed and shipping was fast.
This was awful! He was trying to be Seinfeld or something. I feel really ripped off. I loved his first book...the rest were crap. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Leigh Stevenson
I bought it as a result of a recommendation by a grammar teacher of ESL students while I was taking my ESL teacher training program. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Karen S. Salina
Must read this book in order to see how english is a crazy language. Made for english speakers and those who speak english as a foreign language. Very funny book.Published 18 months ago by Alomir Helio
I teach etymology and was hoping for more out of this book. It has a few good chapters that I'll use in class, but the rest is obvious material that English teachers teach.Published 19 months ago by Amy L. Buckley
This is another book about the English language that will make you smile and at times cry laughing. If you think you knew English then read this book and find out how much you... Read morePublished 20 months ago by LIGolfer
This is a book for people who have noticed that our English language has more than its share of idiosyncrasies; Richard Lederer will give you even more paradoxes to ponder.Published 21 months ago by Wendy Spalding
I bought this for a friend in Italy that has stated multiple times that there are facets of the English language that confound him, so of course, I bought him a compiliation of... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Julianna