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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith; 1 Rev Exp edition (April 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 094171182X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0941711821
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.4 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

The Pun Is Mightier Than The Sword...

Richard Lederer has great puns. And you don't have to take vows to enjoy them. Just Get Thee To A Punnery and laugh yourself int a state of grace. Sinners will be punished with such gems as:

-Old Milkmaids never die -- they just kick the bucket.

-Drunk drivers are people who put the quart before the hearse.

Whether you like 'em hot or cool, straight-up or low-down, here are puns of every color, stripe and persuasion to suit your every whim. Even if you don't know that your humerus is your funny bone, this is the book for you. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The Pun Is Mightier Than The Sword...

Richard Lederer has great puns.  And you don't have to take vows to enjoy them.  Just Get Thee To A Punnery and laugh yourself int a state of grace.  Sinners will be punished with such gems as:

-Old Milkmaids never die -- they just kick the bucket.

-Drunk drivers are people who put the quart before the hearse.

Whether you like 'em hot or cool, straight-up or low-down, here are puns of every color, stripe and persuasion to suit your every whim.  Even if you don't know that your humerus is your funny bone, this is the book for you. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

For people who get a kick out of puns, it's great, but otherwise, don't bother.
J. Johansson
The answers are given but without the original question so you have to flip back and forth from text to answer section.
World Traveler
This is one of those books to have around when you need something funny to read.
Bernadette Hackett

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Daneman #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 21, 2004
Format: Paperback
The only thing more fun than reading Richard Lederer's book about puns and wordplay is going to one of Richard's lecturers and watching the words fly fast and furious. Sometimes, Richard appears on NPR, but until you can hear him live, "Get Thee to a Punnery" will be the best way to sample his intellectual brand of zany humor. This is one of those books that is just great for reading and laughing outloud, grabbing the arm of the nearest person and pointing to some really funny stuff. If you like word play and puns, this is the Mother Lode.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Professor Q on December 19, 2010
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I read this guy's other book, Anguished English, and had a lot of fun with it. It was a collection of situations where bad English was used in hilarious ways.

I thought that Get Thee To A Punnery would be more of the same, except with puns.

Instead I got a book full of blank spots where you guess the best word to make the sentence a pun.

It might be fun for some people, but I really just kind of wanted a joke book of sorts for myself. There are some good puns in there actually listed, and it appears to be a good way to make yourself more aware of how to have pun with the language.

But if you're already good at making people groan, then you probably won't need it for this purpose.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Morrison on October 31, 2002
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I've had this book for 10 years and everytime I'm with a new crowd of people I bring it out, and soon after people are rolling on the floor. The funniest sections are "Prinderella and The Cince" and "Ladle Rat Rotten Hut". If you practice enough to read these aloud everyone will be amazed and entertained. The only down side is that there are alot of "un-funny" sections, but there are jewels sprinkled within, and for the price I would definitely recommend this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By W. V. Buckley on January 18, 2012
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Sorry, but I couldn't resist that title. Richard Lederer's Get Thee to a Punnery: An Anthology of Intentional Assaults Upon the English Language is neither a footnote-heavy treatise on literary puns through the ages (although he quotes a few from Shakespeare). Neither is it a collection of groan-inducing puns (although it has a few of those as well).

Instead, Lederer takes a middle ground of sorts and breaks puns down into a number of categories. Strange, but I had never thought of puns as being anything but a low form of humor before. It's like finding out your crazy old uncle who was forever trying to get you to "pull my finger" had once been the Royal Court Jester.

I could have probably done without some of the exercises in the book which seemed like unnecessary padding. But that's just my preference. The rest of the book made for an enjoyable and fairly quick read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sue J on January 14, 2014
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A wonderful book for every logophile, full of information on the different types of puns, followed by 'exercises' to test your brain. Fun, fun book. I'll be keeping this one open, working on it between other reads. (works great on Kindle - I just write my answers in a notebook and I'll check them when I'm finished.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Johansson on December 13, 2012
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This book was not nearly as good as Anguished English. For people who get a kick out of puns, it's great, but otherwise, don't bother. It is mostly a list of "complete the pun." If you don't like that kind of thing, it is a waste of money. If you do, it is gold. I don't so I don't rate it very high.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Brake on December 5, 2011
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This book is padded with tests and quizes. It took less than 1 hour to go through without doing the tests.

When I 'looked inside' all I saw was a presentation of the topic and none of the tests. If you want to be tested $0.99 isn't a bad price but I was expecting a more detailed book on puns.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Frank D on August 13, 2014
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This is kind of an introductory work on puns. It is written to the level of a 10-12 year-old. There is nothing in it that I hadn't already heard or seen many years ago. It covers old ground.
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