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The Perfect Insult for Every Occasion: Lady Snark's Guide to Common Discourtesy [Paperback]

A.C. Kemp

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Book Description

March 1 2008
This book tosses aside fluffy new age sensitivity in favour of embracing your inner wolverine. It explores the subtleties of each topic, including gender differences, word histories, and dangerous double meanings. Chapters include how to teach assertive language to a child, put-downs by and for each gender, put-downs for the office, and how to handle courtship. It is filled with boxes, legal disclaimers, and etymology, it's naughty, but very funny.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media (March 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598693271
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598693270
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 16 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,017,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

For nearly a decade, linguist and teacher A.C. Kemp has been helping the public understand American slang, both on the Web and in the classroom. In 2002, she created SlangCity.com, a project that draws on her skills in writing, researching, marketing, and Web design. The website has won numerous awards, and has been recommended by such diverse sources as the Daily Mirror, and Writer's Digest.

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Amazon.com: 3.6 out of 5 stars  8 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Snarkalicious April 21 2008
By Medievalia - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
An artful and humorous take on society, language and manners--as well as ample advice for a carefully considered jab to the social solar plexus. Author AC Kemp manages to pay homage to the best nineteenth-century etiquette guides while also giving an instructive and amusing tour of slang, insults, and the art of the backhanded compliment through the character of Lady Snark. Socialites, beware!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Snarkily, sarcastically, and wittily Nov. 30 2008
By Jeri Nevermind - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This very cute book would be a perfect stocking stuffer for someone who suffers from the dreaded Always Nice syndrome.

How to handle a pointed comment about well you look for your old, old age:

"Thank you....I wish I could say the same" (p 115).

You will learn how to handle the bimbo who is stealing your husband. How to deal with the bully in your classroom. And how to deal with the drunk in your Christmas party.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart AND funny June 30 2008
By WordLover - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a funny book of edginess and insults, wrapped around an insightful book about the way we use language. Highly recommended both for laughs and "aha" moments...
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly Perfect Insults Oct. 23 2013
By Bill Zamzow - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Production problems with my personally autographed copy, this book is a hoot.

Also, its negative critics confirm the reality that far too many do not appreciate the fact that writing comedy is hard to do as serious writing, if not even harder.

I love author Lady Arabella Snark.

In fact, I offered to marry her IN SPITE of her checkered past and suspected history of being a multiple incident black widow.
2.0 out of 5 stars Book - of insults Feb. 5 2010
By Bettie S. Fraser - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Thought this book would be more clever than it is. Not a great buy.

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