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The Revenge of Anguished English: More Accidental Assaults Upon Our Language Paperback – November 13, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1st edition (November 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031233494X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312334949
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,942,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Fourth in the Anguished English series (The Bride of Anguished English, More Anguished English, etc.), Lederer's newest collection of grammatical goofs will elicit laughs from start to finish. Cataloguing the hilarious ways in which people mangle the English language, Lederer offers hundreds of new linguistic blunders, from infamous "Bushisms" to poorly worded newspaper headlines. Children, in early experiments with language and logic, utter some of the funniest foul-ups. For example, as a mother desperately pounds catsup out of a bottle, her four-year-old answers the phone and says, "Mommy can't come to the phone to talk to you right now. She's hitting the bottle." In another instance, a mother asks her child what she learned on the first day of school, and the child's reply is: "Not enough. They say I have to go back tomorrow." In addition to these "kiddisms," the book touches upon more adult humor, as in a headline that reads: "Soviet Virgin Lands Short of Goal Again." Complete with ridiculously obvious product warnings, church bulletin bloopers and celebrities caught saying the wrong things, this book celebrates the English language by allowing readers to laugh at others' amusing mistakes. 30 b&w line drawings. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Prolific author Lederer has written many language books; this title is part of his ongoing humorous series that began with Anguished English (1987). The book is divided into five sections (each containing from three to five short chapters) covering the funny mistakes made by children, gaffes committed by the famous, botched newspaper headlines and stories, translation problems, and grammatical errors. Each chapter ends with Hall of Fame examples of the topic under discussion. Malapropisms, misplaced modifiers, and unintentionally funny typos are all here, and in between chuckles, readers are sure to learn plenty about proper sentence structure. However, Lederer leads off with what may be the funniest section in the book when he recounts kids' mistakes, especially the student bloopers ("The four gospels were written by John, Paul, George, and that other guy"). The book is so chock-full of humorous examples that readers are bound to laugh at least once per page. Everyone makes mistakes--why are they so much funnier when they are someone else's? Lederer seems to know the answer to that one. Joanne Wilkinson
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Richard Lederer is a fly-by-the-roof-of-the-mouth verbivore, logolept, and wordaholic, perhaps the most wordstruck, word bethumped wordaholic you may ever encounter.

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.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Debbie the Book Devourer on July 24, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is a collection of gaffes, puns (mostly unintentional), unfortunate typos, syntactical snafus, kids' use of language, and translational traps. Some of the examples are riotously funny; others are just so-so. Sometimes the number of examples overwhelms the brain's ability to appreciate them. The introductions by Lederer before each chapter are cleverly written, but sometimes too much so. (Example: "Here's a sampling of English terrors and tinglish errors, the blood and thunder and thud and blunder...") Ugh.

Finally, if you're going to make fun of English gaffes you find elsewhere, you'd better have a cadre of editors to make sure none of your prose contains errors. This sentence, written by Lederer, poked me right in the eye: "It is sometimes said that if something is perfectly true, then it's exact opposite must also be perfectly true." Apostrophe abuse!

Still, it was a very funny book, especially for a word nerd such as myself. I definitely intend to look for Lederer's earlier works. I love this stuff!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Blaine Greenfield on June 23, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Unfortunately, none of the local papers carry a column, "Looking at Language," by Richard Lederer . . . it is something that I'd definitely want to read--especially after enjoying his

very funny book, THE REVENGE OF ANGUISHED ENGLISH.

In it, he takes actual misuses of the English language and presents them in a series of short chapters that had me laughing from the very first page . . . I never realized that there were so many fluffs and flubs, goofs and gaffes, blunders, botches, boo-boos, and bloopers that are actually run as the gospel, seemingly on a daily basis.

They have been issued by students, run in church bulletins, appeared on frozen food packages, and run in newspapers as headlines.

The tough part in writing this review was to choose just a few examples that I could share, in that there were so many . . . among them:

* On the JOEY BISHOP SHOW, Joey asked Sen. Barry Goldwater if he would like to be on the show twice a week. The senator answered, "I'd much rather watch you in bed with my wife."

* Attending a wedding for the first time, a little girl whispered to her mother, "Why is the bride dressed in white?"

"Because white is the color of happiness, and today is the happiest day of her life."

The child thought about this for a moment, then said, "So why is the groom wearing black?"

* [from the Excuses Hall of Fame]

My son is under the doctor's care. Please execute him.

Please excuse Mary for being absent. She was sick, and I had her shot.

Please excuse Jimmy for being. If was his father's fault.

Please excuse Tom for being absent yesterday. He had diarrhea,

and his boots leak.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shemogue on February 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a gut wrenching (in the sense that my stomach ached from laughter after reading it) collection of grammatical errors, linguistic bloopers, slip ups, faux pas, mixed metaphors, mis-translations, Freudian slips, malapropisms and other gaffes and misunderstandings from the schoolroom, the courts, political speeches, the doctor's office, warning labels and instructions, advertisements, church bulletins, headlines, and worst of all, the media, who as the author points out, are professionals and should know better.

Here are some samples:
The Court: The charge here is the theft of frozen chickens. Are you the defendant?
Defendant: No sir, I'm the guy who stole the chickens.
From students' test papers: All Gaul is quartered unto three halves.
Christopher Columbus discovered America while cursing about the Atlantic on the Nina, the Pintacolada and the Santa Fe.
Someone who runs for an office he already holds is called an incompetent.
The four gospels were written by John, Paul, George and that other guy.
Parent's note to teacher: Please excuse Tom for being absent yesterday. He had diarrhea, and his boots leak.
From a church bulletin: We are sorry to announce that Mr Albert Brown has been quite unwell, owing to his recent death and is taking a short holiday to recover.

My personal favourite is the correction of an error of high tide times published in an Australian coastal town newspaper, but you'll have to read the book to get the joke.

If you have not yet encountered the humorous works of Richard Lederer, you don't know what you've been missing. If you have read his earlier books, then this is more of the same insane hilarity. In either case, waste no time getting your hands on this book and prepare for an assault on your funny-bone.
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By Denise on April 10, 2009
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The first book in this series had me laughing so hard I was crying. The second one was just as bad (or good), but by the time I got to this book, the humor was getting a bit old. That's not to say it was bad. This book was very funny, and I'd recommend it to anyone who liked the series. It just wasn't as good as the others. (Anguished English, More Anguished English)
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By Clay Strohschein on April 9, 2014
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It is so Punny. Great learning adventure for Language Arts students. We really enjoyed this book. We highly recommend this book
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