2012 Lederer's Anguished English 366-Day Calendar Calendar – Jul 1 2011
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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 ledererPublished on Dec 10 2003 by Amazon Kunde
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... Read morePublished on Aug. 18 2003
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
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 morePublished on July 27 2002
This collection of written and verbal faux pas has its moments of hilarity but it is best read quickly. Read morePublished on March 21 2002
...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 morePublished on Feb. 17 2001 by Yellow