Never Let a Fool Kiss You or a Kiss Fool You by Mardy Grothe, Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Never Let a Fool Kiss You or a Kiss Fool You

Never Let a Fool Kiss You or a Kiss Fool You

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by Mardy Grothe
     
 

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What do Mae West, John F. Kennedy, Victor Hugo, and H. L. Mencken have in common? They all indulged in chiasmus-a literary device in which word order is reversed to hilarious or poignant effect. When Mae West said, "It's not the men in my life, it's the life in my men," she was using chiasmus; when John F. Kennedy said, "Ask not what your country can do for you,

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What do Mae West, John F. Kennedy, Victor Hugo, and H. L. Mencken have in common? They all indulged in chiasmus-a literary device in which word order is reversed to hilarious or poignant effect. When Mae West said, "It's not the men in my life, it's the life in my men," she was using chiasmus; when John F. Kennedy said, "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country," he was doing the same. Dr. Mardy Grothe has compiled hundreds of examples of chiasmus in this whimsically illustrated collection, bringing this witty and thought-provoking device out of obscurity and into the public imagination.

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"There is plenty of delight in this overdue collection." —Houston Chronicle

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142000571
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/26/2002
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
765,447
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Mardy Grothe, Ph.D., is a psychologist, marriage counselor, and management consultant. Coauthor of three business books, he has been extensively interviewed on radio and television, on topics from problem bosses to the art of the insult. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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