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Anguished English: An Anthology of Accidental Assaults upon Our Language Paperback – October 28, 1996
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Dr. Richard Lederer is the author of more than 2,000 books and articles about language and humor. His book Get Thee To A Punnery (Wyrick) earned him election as International Punster of the Year. Dr. Lederer's syndicated column, "Looking at Language," appears in newspapers and magazines throughout the United States. He has ben profiled in magazines as diverse as The New Yorker, People, and the National Inquirer. His words appear regularly in Writer's Digest and The Farmer's Almanac, and he is language commentator on National Public Radio.
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Richard Lederer is the author of more than 35 books about language, history, and humor, including his best-selling Anguished English series. He is founding cohost of A Way with Words on public radio and his syndicated column, "Looking at Language," appears in newspapers and magazines throughout the United States. He lives in San Diego.
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One of the better student blunders: "During the years 1933-1938, there were domestic problems at home as well as abroad." Another one: "Benjamin Franklin died in 1790 and is still dead."
And there's this classic courtroom dialogue:
Q. Doctor, how many autopsies have you performed on dead people?
A. All my autopsies have been on dead people.
Here's an advertisement that's not exactly what the advertiser meant (or was it?): "Tired of cleaning yourself? Let me do it."
A sign in a jewelry store: "Ears pierced while you wait."
A mixed-up metaphor: "These hemorrhoids are a real pain in the neck."
A Berraism (from Yogi Berra):
Mickey Mantle: "What time is it?"
Yogi Berra: "You mean right now?"
The book includes almost a thousand examples of anguished English. It's fun to read a few pages at a time while you have a few free minutes.
Note: The Amazon description indicates the book is published by Gibbs Smith in 1996 and has 192 pages. My book, which was a gift, has 119 pages and was published by Wyrick & Company in 1987.
I moved away from all my friends a couple years ago. One friend came up to visit me and begged to borrow my Anguished English for awhile. I finally gave in. I forgot I gave it to her after awhile. A couple months ago I noticed it was missing. I was telling my friend that it was missing. She said "Don't you remember, you let me borrow it? I can send it back to you if you want it back." The next day I looked on Amazon and was so pleased to find an almost new copy. I told my friend she could keep our old, loved, broken copy.
So now there are at least two happy, laughing people in this world because of Anguished English. You should join us! You won't regret it!
This book is a most enjoyable way to learn about how not to make mistakes in your writing. It has lots of great lines you can pull out to amuse people with, ( eg. Headline - Milk Drinkers Are Turning to Powder). It would also be great reading during the summer, in preparation for English classes. Absolutely loved it. I also hightly recommend his other books.
As long as you aren't brittle about your own past grammatical/spelling mistakes - and I've known a few people who are positively volatile about them - all of Lederer's books with "Anguished English" in the title are sure laughs. Lynne Truss has written in a similar vein, but her approach to such a topic is considerably more critical, biting, dense, and dry. Richard Lederer, on the other hand, has painstakingly assembled the top picks of the litters. There isn't much commentary or analysis, just lots of humor.
This book is what dozens of joke books WISH they were!