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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: 4.5 x 0.5 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,659 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.

From the Inside Flap

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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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
If you practice enough to read these aloud everyone will be amazed and entertained.
Bruce Morrison

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30 of 31 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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17 of 17 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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2 of 2 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jayhawk Momma 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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I read this book years ago and nearly broke my ribs laughing. However, when I purchased it as a Kindle book, I found it extremely difficult to work out the "quizzes" when it came to matching the word with the punderful meaning. Unfortunately, a Kindle doesn't let you switch back and forth between pages easily. I got so frustrated, I gave up on it. On this one, get the book, not the kindle edition.
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Do NOT skip "Get Thee To a Punnery" because you think puns and dumb. Richard Lederer will disabuse you of this shallow, intellectual habit and make you smart about genius of puns. You will become a fan of Lederer and the art &science of punnery. If you do not know this author, DIVE in. He is our most engaging, entertaining, and salient practitioner of our "lingua franca."

No other author/speaker can teach you more and get you laughing & learning an better than Richard Lederer. He has published 40+ books on language. Grab an armful, make a cup of hot tea, and start laughing and learning.

RICHARD LEDERER should be on the DESK of every committed author, writer (not the same), speaker, minister, teacher, blogger ...Your writing and your life will improve. BOth developments are important.

The radio show he founded, "A Way With WORDS" is available as a FREE podcast--stick it on you iPhone and ENJOY!. Though he no longer hosts, it carries on in his pithy, insightful, and engaging style.

Also look for his engaging lectures on YouTube.
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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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