Never Let a Fool Kiss You or a Kiss Fool 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 ...

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142000571
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/26/2002
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 796,634
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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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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Table of Contents

Never Let a Fool Kiss You or a Kiss Fool You Introduction: "Pardon Me, Do You Know What Chiasmus Means?"
Chapter 1: Chiastic Wordplay Chapter 2: Chiastic Maxims to Guide Your Life Chapter 3: Chiastic Comparisons Chapter 4: The Battle of the Sexes, Chiasmus Style Chapter 5: Chiastic Compliments and Insults Chapter 6: Chiasmus on Stage and Screen Chapter 7: Political Chiasmus Chapter 8: Chiasmus in the World of Sports Chapter 9: Chiasmus in Advertising Chapter 10: Chiasmus for CEOs Chapter 11: Chiasmus for Book Lovers Chapter 12: Chiasmus for Lovers Chapter 13: Chiasmus in Marriage and Family Life Chapter 14: Chiastic Insights from Great Philosophers Chapter 15: Chiastic Repartee Chapter 16: Implied Chiasmus Index

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