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2012 Lederer's Anguished English 366-Day Calendar [Calendar]

Richard Lederer
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July 1 2011
Every day, in American cities large and small, the English language suffers unspeakable abuses. Doctors, newspaper editors, lawyers, shop owners, and members of the clergy all contribute to the anguish. The proof is in the pages of this calendar: in 314 examples (Saturdays and Sundays share a page) culled from headlines, church newsletters, court transcripts, and other sources, Richard Lederer, author of the syndicated column Looking at Language and more than two dozen books, gives us the funniest linguistic offenses, from the headline "Lack of Brains Hinders Research" to a note suggesting calendars are more important than ever: "Dear School: Please eckuse John being absent on Jan. 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, and also 33." Includes yearly grids for 2012 and 2013 and pages for notes.

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Anguished English is the impossibly funny anthology of accidental assaults upon our language. From bloopers and blunders to Signs of the Times to Mixed Up Metaphors...from Two-Headed Headlines to Mangling Modifiers, here is an outrageous treasury of assaults upon our common language that will leave you roaring with delight and laughter. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Loads of Linguistic Levity Aug. 9 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Too often those of us who love the English Language put its lexicon up on a pedestal isolated from the world of irreverence or revelry. We view even the most good-natured mocking of it as a sacrilege. Richard Lederer has produced the perfect antidote to such sacrosanct pomposity with his laugh-out-loud collection of confused usage examples.
The wise underlining message of this risible read is that the richness of out mother tongue is greatly enhanced by its propensity for malapropisms, mispronunciations, misspeaks, and the melange of other maladies that can and regularly do befall it.
His chapter on rewritten history--a compilation of actual student papers' errors--reads like a much more amusing version of the revisionist rants that get taught in too many public schools these days. Lines such as "The Pilgrims crossed the ocean, and this was called Pilgrim's Progress...Many people died and many babies were born; Captain John Smith were responsible for all this" should rightly make us shutter when found in a post-modern textbook, but merely cause guffaws when taken from student essays.
While much can be lost in translation, priceless gems can sometimes be found in inter-linguistic exchanges as this gallimaufry of goofs from other languages amply proves. Cited nuggets include a Roman laundry that blatantly announced, "ladies, leave your clothes here and spend the afternoon having a good time," or the French hotel--presumably a hangout for swingers--that requests all guests, "please leave your values at the front desk." None seem to top the Japanese motel tailor-made for former President Clinton advising all visitors that "you are invited to take advantage of the chambermaid."
Perhaps no aspect of our revered English is as hallowed as the rules of grammar.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and Fun! Nov. 22 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Without a doubt if you were to pick up this book, it would definately be for the chapter of the History According to Student Bloopers. Some of the funniest bits of comedy you will come across in a long time. Who could forget such non-sensical thinking from students such as "Handel was half German, half Italian, and half English." Or "Beethoven expired in 1827 and later died for this." Just a great read and even funnier when read out loud to a few of your friends. Aside, there is the popular court case transcriptions of stupid lawyers who are too busy analyzing words and not realizing their lack of common sense. There are other funny, funny chapters that will have you rolling. Its actually tough to read in one sitting because you will be too busy laughing (and the author advises you should not read it all at once). A classic in the degradation of the English language and one you will read over and over with a chuckle every time!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Anguished English is an anguishing read. Jan. 17 2001
By Ann
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As an English teacher and a linguist by hobby, I was excited to recieve this for a long plane ride. Thank goodness I couldn't wait and started reading early. It would have been really sad to have dragged Anguished English overseas instead of something that's actually entertaining. This book is somewhat interesting, and has at least two pages worth of excerpts humorous enough to share with a class, but I feel that for so little real humor, I wasted my money buying an entire book. Now I must confess, I've only read half the book (trying to find the stamina to continue), so I just might find a few more funny pages, but so far I'm disappointed, and if I weren't a teacher, I wouldn't finish or keep the book at all. It's all right, but it's simply not the side-splittingly funny book I was led to expect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My copies keep disappearing Sept. 13 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I think over the years since I first discovered this book, I have probably bought 10 copies. They all disappear, as most "borrowed" books do. As other reviewers have noted, it is hilarious. The only people I know, who did not find it funny, are those who never finished high school, or just squeaked by. I was reminded of a line from the World History section of the book recently. The line from the book was, I believe, "Sir Francis Drake circumcised the world with an 80 foot clipper." A teacher was actually the one who reminded me of it. She was referring to a large catamaran and made the claim it could "circumvent" the world. She went on to mention it had its own "desaltation" unit. Fortunately, she was not teaching my daughter English!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out Loud June 13 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Not only is this book side-splitting hilarious, but it is also a valuable tool for teaching my kids about grammar and English usage.
Every time our kids would read, "Missing masterpiece found by tree" (an actual headline) or "Texas Colleges still a Bargain, Education Extra," and go into paroxysms of laughter, I knew they were also learning something about sentence structure. So it's a great book to give to kids age 11 - 17.
Sometimes people are reluctant to buy humor books because they think that if they've read it once, it won't be funny enough to pick up again. Not so with this book. Crack it open at random and you'll laugh as hard as the first time.
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1.0 out of 5 stars An anguish to read this book June 26 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is mostly about errors made by the author's students when he was a teacher. I was a teacher myself, so I guess I can crank out a turkey like this and get paid for the dumb things my students had written. This book is filled with the common errors you would expect from students in any grade level (or from the average person who was educated through the American public school system). Besides students, the author uses other sources to fill the pages, but nothing of historical importance.
I ordered this book because it seemed interesting. Within minutes of getting it, I was wondering if it would be worth the effort to return a $6 book.
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great book by the father of high stakes poker pro howard lederer
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1.0 out of 5 stars More of the same
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funniest Book I Have Ever Read
I could not stop laughing once I started to read this book. Absolutely hilarious. I always have extra copies at the home to give to friends. You have to read this book!
Published on Sept. 29 2002 by Indiana Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Anguished 12 year old
We bought this book for our 12 year old son. After reading the first few pages together he went on to finish the book in a couple of days and then re-read it another time or two(... Read more
Published on July 27 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun but not spectacular
This collection of written and verbal faux pas has its moments of hilarity but it is best read quickly. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Funniest Book I've Ever Read...
...and I've read lots of funny books. This book has me doubled over every time I read it. The intro suggests that you shouldn't read it all at one sitting, but do it anyway- as... Read more
Published on Feb. 17 2001 by Yellow
5.0 out of 5 stars Funniest thing in print!
This book makes regular appearences at our house every holiday. Sooner or later someone pulls it off the shelf and starts reading choice bits aloud, and shortly the whole room is... Read more
Published on Jan. 2 2001 by "kangarex"
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