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Foolish Words: The Most Stupid Words Ever Spoken Paperback – November 3, 2009


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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; 1 edition (November 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402768303
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402768309
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 4.7 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,894,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Foolish Words by Laura Ward
I have a copy of Foolish Words which I bought in Australia a few years ago and unable to find it here again I bought through Amazon but although it has the same title, same author, same year of publication, it is not the same book.

Instead of regular font it is mixed up with large and small, various colours some quite hard to read and because of this whacky large-print all-over-the-place format is not easy on the eye and doesn't have nearly as many quotes included (I assume because they wouldn't fit). I bought this one as a present and felt I had to apologise. I was very disappointed and would not have bought it if I had known. The content is great (though missing a lot of those found in mine). The layout leaves much to be desired. When the USA took over publication of the Guinness Book of World Records they did the same thing. It's as if they feel it has to have stars and bright colours and weird fonts to get your attention instead of just concentrating on giving you the information and good photos.
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Indeed, every bathroom needs a copy of "Foolish Words". It is great...and, oh, so funny! Buy a few for gifts. Your friends and family will enjoy it.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robert I. Hedges HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on June 9, 2004
Format: Paperback
The abortive attempt to translate the Pepsi ad campaign slogan 'Come Alive With Pepsi' into Chinese is just one of many gems of "mis-spokenness" found in this book. The book is a rather compendious (though oddly shaped) book full of silly things said by people and corporations throughout the ages. Many of these quotes are very funny, for example: "A sad ending, albeit a happy one" (Murray Walker, motorsports commentator); "The policeman isn't there to create disorder, the policeman is there to preserve disorder" (Richard J. Daley, Chicago Mayor); and "We shall never make war except for peace" (William McKinley.) I selected these three quotes by opening to three random pages, and they capture a representative sample of the books contents.
While many of these quotes are very entertaining, I actually found the book a bit stilted and at some points repetitive and dull. There are sections (especially among the politicians) with numerous very similar, modestly entertaining quotations that are generally a case of getting tongue-tied on hard to pronounce phrases. We have all done that, and a few of them are entertaining, but there are way too many represented here.
Additionally there are a few quotations wrongly included, which are actually brilliant that I just don't think the author understood, such as the Edsgar Dijkstra quip: "The question of whether computers can think is like the question of whether submarines can swim." Here Dijkstra is not asserting that submarines can swim, rather that computers can't think. My point is only that there are a few misunderstood quotations taken out of context that are actually not stupid at all, but may seem to be if you don't understood what is being said in the context in which it is stated.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shalom Freedman HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 17, 2005
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The aim of such a book is suppose is to provide a few laughs. I skimmed through the book looking for such laughs and bright spots. In one someone by the name of Ozzy Osborne spoke about ' losing the best part of myself when he lost his mind' I am not sure.

In any case the book is filled with this kind of stuff, and worse.

One might say that 'People are stupid enough without making them look more stupid'.

There was often stupidity in in the choice of the examples of foolish remarks. One selection is one of the finest Kafka small parables I know, words which are not foolish at all but rather profound and illuminating.

This is not in a short a particularly great collection. But if one skims long enough one will get a few smiles.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hugo Calendar on July 19, 2004
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This book has some real gems, but as a rule if the entry was more than a short paragraph long, it was boring and pointless. There is tons of stuff that won't do anything for you unless you're a resident of great britain. There were an amazing number of quotes to do with some McDonalds lawsuit in the UK that I had no clue about or interest in, and was very annoyed with after the umpteenth quote. Five or six quotes from royalty would have been good, but there are hundreds, and I eventually started looking to see if the source was a prince or queen, so I could skip it or get ready to groan over the pointlessness of printing yet another quote from this person.
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