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Neverisms: A Quotation Lover's Guide to Things You Should Never Do, Never Say, or Never Forget Hardcover – May 10, 2011
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From the Back Cover
"Never let 'em see you sweat."
"Never change diapers in mid-stream."
"Never let a crisis go to waste."
"Never ruin an apology with an excuse."
"Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died."
When we strongly encourage people to do something, it's called an exhortation. But what is the proper term for strongly discouraging people? One candidate is admonition. Another is dehortation, the opposite of exhortation. But perhaps the best term for an emphatic piece of dissuasive advice is neverism. You won't find the term in any dictionary (at least not yet) because quotation anthologist Dr. Mardy Grothe coined it himself for this collection of nearly two thousand quotable cautionary warnings. With the whimsical and witty intermixed with the serious and profound, contributors range from Aesop and Marcus Aurelius to John Wayne and Mae West. Grothe also tells the fascinating "back stories" of scores of classic quotations as well as the history of hundreds more that have never before appeared in a quotation anthology. Organized by topics such as Wit & Wordplay, Politics & Government, Sports, Stage & Screen, and The Literary Life, this is a book about quotations as well as a book of them. Neverisms is sure to delight quotation lovers and language aficionados everywhere.
About the Author
DR. MARDY GROTHE is a retired psychologist, management consultant, and platform speaker; the author of six “word and language” books, including Oxymoronica and Viva la Repartee; and the creator of Dr. Mardy’s Dictionary of Metaphorical Quotations. Dr. Mardy—as his many fans worldwide know him—is one of America’s most beloved quotation anthologists. He lives in Southern Pines, North Carolina, with his wife, Katherine Robinson.
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The author spent years gathering neverisms from all kinds of publications, including books, movies, tv programmes and magazine articles.
The neverisms are organised in chapters, such as Sports; Sex, Love, and Romance; "never underestimate" neverisms; Stage and screen, and more. There is also an author index so you can easily check which neverisms your favorite politician or movie star has uttered in his life.
This is a dip-in/dip-out book. Read a little here, put the book away, and read a little bit more later. It's more than just a reference book, there is enough to keep you entertained for a chapter or so. But reading the whole book from front to back is a bit tedious. Well, with hundreds of neverisms, your mind would start to spin!
So, a great coffee table book. It's smaller than a standard book and makes a lovely present for a language nerd, too.
Several years ago, a friend introduced me to Dr. Mardy's weekly newsletter, and it quickly became my favorite weekend treat. I looked forward to adding quotable people and their quotations to my collection, many discovered for the first time. I was amazed at the outpouring of goodies, selected by perhaps the most widely-read person I've ever encountered, and presented in an easy, entertaining style.
They say one drug leads to another, and words are a powerful drug. Sure enough, I wound up buying his first book ("Ifferisms", I believe -- all kinds of great comments beginning with "If"). This led to "I Never Metaphor I Didn't Like," "Viva la Repartee," "Oxymoronica," "Never Let a Fool Kiss You or a Kiss Fool You," and now (perhaps because the "Never" inspired him to think of just how many "never" warnings our species has ignored in its checkered history), this delicious book.
I'm not going to give out any spoilers. "Neverisms" is like a bowl of pretzels -- each morsel is tasty, and you can nibble as many or as few as you wish, one at a time or by the handful. I guarantee that when you're done, you'll be headed back to the 'net to buy your next "fix"!
A word of warning, though. Remember that potato chip ad, "Betcha' can't eat just one"? Read this book and you'll be buying copies for your brother-in-law, your boss, the gal across the street, maybe even your local library. Christmas is coming, and that makes it even more certain that you'll wind up having to go to Book Lovers Anonymous meetings to break the habit. Ask me how I know.
Like Dr. Mardy's other books, "Neverisms" is much more than a collection of quotations. What makes his books especially delightful to read are the anecdotes, stories and illustrations which accompany them.
In "Neverisms," he begins with what, for this reviewer, and certainly others, is a new word. No, not the one in the title, although that is his very own creation. This word is "dehortation," which, he quickly explains, "is the antonym of exhortation."
You'll find a broad selection of courses, 18 menus (chapters) in all, each featuring its own main course, where you'll be delightfully dehorted - again - and again - and again.
But let me warn you. There is far more in "Neverisms" than even the most dedicated quotation lover could possibly consume in less than a month or so, certainly not in one sitting.
As a serious collector of quotations myself (hundreds of volumes in my library), I tip my hat to Mardy whenever his newest book is released. My reaction is always the same: "I wish I'd done that!" Almost certainly, you'll find yourself wondering what might this quote master, maven and mensh be conjuring up for next time around. It's bound to be a treat.
And to you, dear reader, Bon appétit! You'll find many a succulent morsel awaiting you in "Neverisms."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So many many neverisms that the really good ones to remember get lost in the sheer quantity of the observations.Published 19 days ago by Seattle Reader
It was interesting reading but a bit LONG. Better if it were broken up into several books. I found myself skimming just to finish!Published 3 months ago by Southern gent
Strang story, convoluted without compelling factors to hold my interest.
The previews led me to buy the book, but am disappointed. Read more
It was okay. I liked most of the quotes/neverisms, but there was often way too much background info for many of them. Read morePublished 16 months ago by T.O.Powell
It is not a book to be read in a hurry, none of his seem to be.
There is a lot of information, and some of the phrases can be reread and repeated many times.
We live in a world of good stuff, one of the best things you can ever do is use your mind and his books make you think.Published on June 1, 2013 by Gregory Hillman
I enjoyed this book so much that I bought a copy to give to a friend and, happily, they agree that is interesting and entertaining.Published on April 30, 2013 by JR Blu