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Anguished English: An Anthology of Accidental Assaults Upon the English Language
Anguished English: An Anthology of Accidental Assaults Upon the English Language
by Richard Lederer
The “impossible to put down” compendium of linguistic bloopers and blunders: a hilarious collection of malapropisms, mixed metaphors and more (San Francisco Chronicle).In Anguished English, Richard Lederer collects some of the worst—and funniest—English language errors ever committed to print. From legendary student screwups to horrible...
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The Gift of Age: Wit and Wisdom, Information and Inspiration for the Chronologically Endowed, and Those Who Will Be
The Gift of Age: Wit and Wisdom, Information and Inspiration for the Chronologically Endowed, and Those Who Will Be
by Richard Lederer
A blend of touching stories, fascinating facts, and rollicking humor is presented in this entertaining look at the jaunt towards senior citizenship. Guaranteed to stir souls, stimulate minds, and tickle funny bones, the chapters include Why It’s Great to Be Chronologically Endowed, Grandkids Say the Darnedest Things, The Lighter Side of...
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Get Thee to a Punnery: An Anthology of Intentional Assaults Upon the English Language
Get Thee to a Punnery: An Anthology of Intentional Assaults Upon the English Language
by Richard Lederer
Get Thee to a Punnery proves that the pun is mightier than the sword . . . and here are sidesplitting puns of every color, stripe and persuasion to suit every whim. Even if you don't know that your humerus is your funny bone, this is the book for you.The Time of the Signs:On a diaper service truck: Rock a dry baby.  On a plumber's...
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Pun and Games: Jokes, Riddles, Daffynitions, Tairy Fales, Rhymes, and More Word Play for Kids
Pun and Games: Jokes, Riddles, Daffynitions, Tairy Fales, Rhymes, and More Word Play for Kids
by Richard Lederer
Introduces the wacky world of wordplay with puns, spoonerisms, games of word substitution, and more.
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Categories: All Children's Lit
Crazy English
Crazy English
by Richard Lederer
In what other language, asks Lederer, do people drive on a parkway and park in a driveway, and your nose can run and your feet can smell? In CRAZY ENGLISH, Lederer frolics through the logic-boggling byways of our language, discovering the names for phobias you didn't know you could have, the longest words in our dictionaries, and the...
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American Trivia: What We Should All Know About U.S. History, Culture & Geography
American Trivia: What We Should All Know About U.S. History, Culture & Geography
by Richard Lederer, Caroline McCullagh
American Trivia includes the origin of the national anthem, stories about national treasures such as the Liberty Bell and Statue of Liberty, fascinating information about the country’s many heroes and inventors, and more!
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The Miracle of Language
The Miracle of Language
by Richard Lederer
Master verbalist Richard Lederer, America's "Wizard of Idiom" (Denver Post), presents a love letter to the most glorious of human achievements... Welcome to Richard Lederer's beguiling celebration of language -- of our ability to utter, write, and receive words. No purists need stop here. Mr. Lederer is no linguistic sheriff...
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Word Wizard: Super Bloopers, Rich Reflections, and Other Acts of Word Magic
Word Wizard: Super Bloopers, Rich Reflections, and Other Acts of Word Magic
by Richard Lederer
After a multi-decade career of stimulating readers to appreciate and laugh at the glories and oddities of our English language, beloved language maven Richard Lederer has collected his very best and most popular pieces in Word Wizard. In this career-capping anthology the reader will find essays that enlighten, inspire, and tickle the...
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The Bride of Anguished English: A Bonanza of Bloopers, Blunders, Botches, and Boo-Boos
The Bride of Anguished English: A Bonanza of Bloopers, Blunders, Botches, and Boo-Boos
by Richard Lederer
For years wordsmith and punster Richard Lederer has charmed and delighted fans with his bestselling "Anguished English" series. In his funniest book yet, readers will again cherish the author's latest chronicle of the goofs and gaffes and fluffs and flubs of our anguished language. And the best part? Everything in here actually...
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The Play of Words
The Play of Words
by Richard Lederer
Do you know the connection between the expression A HARROWING EXPERIENCE and agriculture, between BY AND LARGE and sailing, between GET YOUR GOAT and horses, or between STEAL YOUR THUNDER and show business? You probably have heard the comparisons HAPPY AS A CLAM, SMART AS A WHIP, PLEASED AS PUNCH, DEAD AS A DOORNAIL - but have you ever...
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Richard Lederer's Classic Literary Trivia: From Mythology, Shakespeare, and the Bible
Richard Lederer's Classic Literary Trivia: From Mythology, Shakespeare, and the Bible
by Richard Lederer
What biblical character said, "Am I my brother's keeper?" (Cain) Who was the chief of the ancient Greek gods? (Zeus) Shakespeare's plays are generally classified into which three categories? (tragedies, comedies, and histories)
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Amazing Words: An Alphabetical Anthology of Alluring, Astonishing, Beguiling, Bewitching, Enchanting, Enthralling...
Amazing Words: An Alphabetical Anthology of Alluring, Astonishing, Beguiling, Bewitching, Enchanting, Enthralling...
by Richard Lederer
With fascinating etymologies and letter patterns of more than 400 everyday words, bestselling language writer Richard Lederer offers insights into the most bedazzling, beguiling, and bewitching words in the English language. Readers will discover why William Shakespeare may be hiding in the Old Testament; why "run" is the longest word in...
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The Cunning Linguist: Ribald Riddles, Lascivious Limericks, Carnal Corn, and Other Good, Clean Dirty Fun
The Cunning Linguist: Ribald Riddles, Lascivious Limericks, Carnal Corn, and Other Good, Clean Dirty Fun
by Richard Lederer
Have some fun with your native tongue!In The Cunning Linguist, renowned language expert Richard Lederer shows us the naughtier side of wordplay, revealing hundreds of hilarious, ingenious, unabashed, and adults-only puns, jokes, limericks, one-liners, and other adventures in sexual humor. This book of "good, clean dirty fun" will delight...
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Sleeping Dogs Don't Lay: Practical Advice For The Grammatically Challenged
Sleeping Dogs Don't Lay: Practical Advice For The Grammatically Challenged
by Richard Lederer, Richard Dowis
For years Richard Lederer has enthralled fans of the English language with his keen insights, commonsense advice, and witty presentation. Now Lederer has teamed up with Richard Dowis to take readers on another journey through the world's most wonderful, albeit perplexing, language. How many times have we all heard the word viable used in...
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Comma Sense: A Fun-damental Guide to Punctuation
Comma Sense: A Fun-damental Guide to Punctuation
by Richard Lederer, John Shore
Are you confounded by commas, addled by apostrophes, or queasy about quotation marks? Do you believe a bracket is just a support for a wall shelf, a dash is something you make for the bathroom, and a colon and semicolon are large and small intestines? If so, language humorists Richard Lederer and John Shore (with the sprightly aid of...
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Have Yourself a Punny Little Christmas
Have Yourself a Punny Little Christmas
by Richard Lederer
Q. Why did Frosty decide to live in the middle of the ocean? A. Because snowman is an island. Q. What do you call a bunch of parents standing in line to buy their daughters a popular doll? A. A Barbie queue. Q. An opinion survey in Alaska is called what? A. A north poll. Q. When you cross a sheep with a cicada, what do you...
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Presidential Trivia Revised and Updated: The Feats, Fates, Families, Foibles, and Firsts of Our American Presidents
Presidential Trivia Revised and Updated: The Feats, Fates, Families, Foibles, and Firsts of Our American Presidents
by Richard Lederer
Presidential Trivia The Feats, Fates, Families, Foibles, and Firsts of Our American Presidents Revised and Updated From the beloved Richard Lederer comes another kind of trivia book―Presidential Trivia. In it you’ll find all the details about the lives of the United States presidents. It answers such questions as: Who was the...
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Puns Spooken Here: Word Play for Halloween
Puns Spooken Here: Word Play for Halloween
by Richard Lederer
Q. What's a skeleton's favorite food? A. Spare ribs. Q. What was the witch's favorite subject in school? A. Spelling. Q. What kind of horse does a ghost ride? A. A night mare. Q. How does an exorcist keep in shape? A. He rides an exorcycle.
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Presidential Trivia
Presidential Trivia
by Richard Lederer
Presidential Trivia: The Feats, Fates, Families, Foibles, and Firsts of Our American Presidents Revised and Updated from the beloved Richard Lederer comes another kind of trivia book— Presidential Trivia . In it you’ll find all the detailsabout the lives of the United States presidents. It answers such questions as: Who was the first...
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