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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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5.0 out of 5 stars great book Dec 10 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 Aug. 18 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was as disappointing as the author's other books I have tried to read. I seem to be continuously fooled by what these books seem to be, or what they cold have been, and am brought up short by what they actually are. In this case, a pedantic jaunt through junk e-mail type one-liners. I hold a college degree, studied English and creative writing, and am not illiterate, as another reviewer claims those who dislike this book must be. Perhaps my expectations are too high...a book should be entertaining?
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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 Funniest Book I Have Ever Read Sept. 29 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anguished 12 year old July 27 2002
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
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( laughing all the way). Ben now quotes from the book at regular appropriate (and inappropriate) times and plans to read the rest of this series just as fast as we can order the books.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun but not spectacular March 21 2002
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
This collection of written and verbal faux pas has its moments of hilarity but it is best read quickly. Like any collection of one-liners a fair number of them miss the mark but taken in rapid sequence the truly funny ones will keep the momentum going during the dry spells. Good enough to glance through or to have lying around a bathroom.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Funniest Book I've Ever Read... Feb. 18 2001
By Yellow
Format:Mass Market Paperback
...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 long as you haven't had stitches lately- you'll break them for sure. I heard Mr. Lederer speak at the Irving Public Library in Irving Texas and his talk was funny enough to convince me to buy books. But the books themselves are PRICELESS! I can't read it in bed if my husband is trying to read or sleep- I can't keep from laughing. Buy the rest of the series, too. Oh, but if you keep a copy in the bathroom people will wonder what you're doing in there.
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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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