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About Richard Lederer
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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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 headlines and cringe-worthy advertising copy, Lederer shares a treasure trove of laugh-out-loud flubs and gaffes worthy of a Pullet Surprise.
“Hilarious.”—Chicago Tribune“Richard Lederer is the true king of language comedy. Anguished English is the funniest book I have ever read.”—Sidney Sheldon
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 illustrator Jim McLean), have written the perfect book to help make your written words perfectly precise and punctuationally profound.
Don't expect Comma Sense to be a dry, academic tome. On the contrary, the authors show how each mark of punctuation—no matter how seemingly arcane—can be effortlessly associated with a great American icon: the underrated yet powerful period with Seabiscuit; the jazzy semicolon with Duke Ellington; even the rebel apostrophe with famed outlaw Jesse James. But this book is way more than a flight of whimsy. When you've finished Comma Sense, you'll not only have mastered everything you need to know about punctuation through Lederer and Shore's simple, clear, and right-on-the-mark rules, you'll have had fun doing so. When you're done laughing and learning, you'll be a veritable punctuation whiz, ready to make your marks accurately, sensitively, and effectively.
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 funny bone.
From his hilarious bloopers to his hymns of praise to the English language, these essays are the brightest gems of a storied career. Word Wizard includes a new introduction, prefaces for each essay, sprightly verse, and material never before published in Leader's language books. With classic chapters such as "The World According to Student Bloopers," "English Is a Crazy Language," and "The Case for Short Words," and shiny new essays such as "The Way We Word" and "Add Wealth to Your Vocabulary," Word Wizard is sure to delight language lovers and Lederer fans everywhere.
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 service truck: A flush is better than a full house.
- Show me where Stalin is buried and I'll show you a communist plot! -Edgar Bergen
- Quiche me-I'm French!
- Hangover-the wrath of grapes
- Work is the ruin of the drinking classes. -Oscar Wilde
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 occurred! Nothing has been made up!
Bloopers from foreign restaurants include:
* "Our wines leave you nothing to hope for."
* "As for the tripe served here, you will be singing its praises to your grandchildren on your deathbed."
Excerpts from students' twisted history papers include:
* "World War I made the people so sad that it brought on the Great Depression."
* "America was founded by four fathers. Delegates from the original 13 states formed the Contented Congress. Thomas Jefferson, a Virgin, and Benjamin Franklin were two singers of the Decoration of Independence, which says that all men are cremated equal and are well endowed by their creator."
Hilarious illustrations by Jim McLean make The Bride of Anguished English the perfect book for anyone who loves English with all its blunders and bloopers and quips and quirks.
In this follow-up to Richard Lederer’s Literary Trivia, the author delves into curious facts and anecdotes about mythology, Shakespeare, and the Bible.Through his numerous books and syndicated columns, Richard Lederer’s infectious love of language and literature has inspired and intrigued readers for decades. Now the author of Lederer on Language and Anguished English delivers a volume full of fascinating trivia about some of Western literature’s most foundational works. Here you will be able to test—and expand—your knowledge of the Bible, ancient Greek mythology, and the plays and poetry of William Shakespeare.
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 English; how people's names become common words; and how the Bible, mythology, the sea, the land, show business, and games spark words and phrases in everyday vocabulary. Chock-full of transfixing word histories, magical letter play, and hilarious puns, Amazing Words is an essential book for wordaholics, logolepts, and verbivores.
What do cats say to each other at Christmas?
“Have a Furry Meowy Christmas!”
What do dogs say to each other at Christmas?
How do sheep greet each other at Christmas?
“Season’s Bleetings and Fleece Navidad! Fleece on earth, good wool to sheep!”
If athletes get athlete’s foot, what do astronauts get?
From best-selling language writer and International Punster of the Year Richard Lederer comes this hilarious book about our most joyous holiday, illuminated by candles and graced by decorations, Christmas trees, poinsettias, traditional songs and carols, family feasts, the exchange of presents and greeting cards, and the donning of ugly sweaters.
A Treasury of Christmas Humor is chock-full of puns, jokes, riddles, games, poems, stories, songs, history, word origins, lore, and more! Inside you'll find your favorite Christmas characters, including Santa Claus, Frosty the Snowman, elves, and all the reindeer, including red-nosed Rudolph.
Jim McLean’s sprightly drawings add to the rollicking fun of A Treasury of Christmas Humor.
This is the perfect book for family, friends, and yourself — everyone who loves Christmas fun!
About Richard Lederer
Richard Lederer is the author of more than fifty books about language, history, and humor, including his best-selling Anguished English series and his current books, The Joy of Names and A Treasury of Christmas Humor. He is a founding co-host of A Way With Words, broadcast on Public Radio.
Dr. Lederer’s syndicated column, Lederer on Language, appears in newspapers and magazines throughout the United States. He has been named International Punster of the Year and Toastmasters International’s Golden Gavel winner.
He lives in San Diego with his wife, Simone van Egeren.
Praise for Richard Lederer
Richard Lederer has done it again — another delightful, witty, and hugely absorbing celebration of the English language. Is there no stopping this man? -Bill Bryson, author of The Mother Tongue
Richard Lederer is to wordplay what John Philip Sousa is to marches. -Rod L. Evans, author of Tyrannosaurus Lex
Richard Lederer ought to be declared a national treasure. No one has more fun with the English language. -Richmond Times Dispatch
Richard Lederer is the true King of Language Comedy. -Sidney Sheldon, author of Master of the Game