Anguished English [NOOK Book]

Overview

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.

From student essays to newspaper headlines, here is a fabulous collection of linguistic goofs and mixed-up metaphors that have done ...

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Overview

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.

From student essays to newspaper headlines, here is a fabulous collection of linguistic goofs and mixed-up metaphors that have done everything from rewriting history to announcing the ability of a soft drink to resurrect the dead! Dell.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423608899
  • Publisher: Gibbs M Smith
  • Publication date: 10/15/1996
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 608,151
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Richard Lederer is the author of more than 35 books about language, history, and humor, including his best-selling Anguished English series. He is founding cohost of A Way with Words on public radio and his syndicated column, "Looking at Language," appears in newspapers and magazines throughout the United States. He lives in San Diego.

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One of the fringe benefits of being an English or history teacher is receiving the occasional jewel of a student blooper in an essay or test paper.

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION.....vii

I. SCHOOLISHNESS

Student Bloopers Win Pullet Surprises.....3

The World According to Student Bloopers.....7

Excuses, Excuses.....16

II. THE BLUNDERFUL WORLD OF BLOOPERS

Disorder in the Court!.....21

Accidental Bloopers.....27

Wholly Holy Bloopers.....31

It's an Ad, Ad, Ad, Ad, World.....37

Signs of the Times.....41

Welfare Bloopers Fare Well.....47

Stop the Presses!.....49

Two-Headed Headlines.....56

III. INSPIRED GIBBERISH

Modern Day Malapropisms.....69

Mixed-Up Metaphors.....77

An Irish Bull is Always Pregnant.....82

Goldwynisms and Berraisms.....87

Lost In Translation.....93

IV. GRAMMER GAFFES

Mangling Modifers.....101

References Wanted.....105

Laffing at Mispellings.....109

Howta Reckanize American Slurvian.....114

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2009

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    Entertaining

    Not only is this book hilarious, it has helped to show people at my work why correct word usage is important.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2008

    I still laugh out loud

    No matter how many times I read this book, I still laugh out loud. Somehow the malapropisms and other language confusions collected in this first-of-many books hits a part of the brain that keeps finding them funny! On a more serious level, it helps students understand some mechanisms of language they take for granted.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2001

    Funniest Book

    This is the funniest book I have ever read. Every year or so I pick it up to read again to add some chuckles to my life and to improve my health. Absolutely hilarious. Over the years, I have bought at least 20 copies to give to friends. It is a must read book!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2012

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    this is such a good book! i really love it because it makes me laugh really hard!
    =)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 1999

    Anguished English 3 is a killer

    This book is so funny. I, got a preview of the book when actors from a traveling Shakespeare group came to my school and read the history bloopers part, and I couldn't get enough of it later on. I haven't read the first two books but if they are as good as this one then pack a box of kleenex because you will be laughing so hard that you'll start crying.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 17, 2013

    Love this book and have given it to many friends over the years.

    Love this book and have given it to many friends over the years. Every so often, I read it again, for the sheer joy of laughing so hard I can't breathe.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2011

    Humorously Entertaining!

    I read this book for the first time in 1990. Personally, no library is complete without a copy. Professionally, being a Registered Nurse, I feel the three best healers are music, hugs, & laughter. The first person to have said, "Laughter is the best medicine" could not have been more truthful. I have purchased many copies to give to others who were ill & strongly recommend this to everyone.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2012

    Anguish

    She runs in and flings her onto her old bed, tears streaming down her cheeks.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2012

    Anguish

    "Sits down on her old bed"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2012

    Tawner

    Im soooooo predictable.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2012

    Blood

    Mornin

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  • Posted February 15, 2012

    Yawn!

    Some of the anguished English was stale, seemed like humor from twenty years ago. Sometimes felt insulting, may sell this back to BN and trade up to something more fun.

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