Anguished English

Anguished English

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440203520
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/28/1989
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 175
Sales rank: 86,718
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.86(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

Richard Lederer is an American author, speaker, and teacher, best known for his books on the English language and on wordplay such as puns, oxymorons, and anagrams. He has written more than 30 books and was the cohost of a national radio show, A Way with Words.

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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.

Table of Contents



Student Bloopers Win Pullet Surprises.....3

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

Excuses, Excuses.....16


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


Modern Day Malapropisms.....69

Mixed-Up Metaphors.....77

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

Goldwynisms and Berraisms.....87

Lost In Translation.....93


Mangling Modifers.....101

References Wanted.....105

Laffing at Mispellings.....109

Howta Reckanize American Slurvian.....114

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Anguished English 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not only is this book hilarious, it has helped to show people at my work why correct word usage is important.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is such a good book! i really love it because it makes me laugh really hard! =)
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
LuluNYC More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
lorsomething on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Without question, one of the funniest books ever written.
drmarymccormack on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This is a FUNNY book. I've read it, over the years, a few times.
amandrake on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I have had this book for years and can't say how many times I've read it, but it's a lot. Possibly the only book that makes me laugh out loud while reading it.
bexaplex on LibraryThing 11 months ago
The examples of mixed-up diction are funny; Lederer's hammy introductions to each chapter are not.
Argonaut15 on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Personally, the best of the collection of bad, but funny grammar mistakes. I never tire reading this book over and over again. A must own for anyone, not just grammar experts (I'm sure this review certainly shows that I am not one).
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"Sits down on her old bed"
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PatFay More than 1 year ago
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.