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Crazy English
     

Crazy English

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by Richard Lederer
 

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In what other language, asks Lederer, do people drive on a parkway and park in a driveway, and your nose can run and your feet can smell? In CRAZY ENGLISH, Lederer frolics through the logic-boggling byways of our language, discovering the names for phobias you didn't know you could have, the longest words in our dictionaries, and the shortest sentence containing every

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In what other language, asks Lederer, do people drive on a parkway and park in a driveway, and your nose can run and your feet can smell? In CRAZY ENGLISH, Lederer frolics through the logic-boggling byways of our language, discovering the names for phobias you didn't know you could have, the longest words in our dictionaries, and the shortest sentence containing every letter in the alphabet. You'll take a bird's-eye view of our beastly language, feast on a banquet of mushrooming food metaphors, and meet the self-reflecting Doctor Rotcod, destined to speak only in palindromes.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Lederer ``adroitly mixes instruction with hilarity by showing that English, though the richest and most widely used of all the world's languages, is `crazy.' The text is a dazzling collection of anagrams, alliterations, idioms, illogical spelling rules and larky oxymora,'' wrote PW. (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671023232
Publisher:
Gallery Books
Publication date:
06/01/1998
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,308,271
Product dimensions:
0.52(w) x 5.00(h) x 8.00(d)

Meet the Author

Richard Lederer is the author of more than 30 books about language, history, and humor, including his best-selling Anguished English series and his current book, Presidential Trivia. He has been profiled in magazines as diverse as The New Yorker, People, and the National Enquirer and frequently appears on radio as a commentator on language. Dr. Lederer's syndicated column, "Looking at Language," appears in newspapers and magazines throughout the United States. He has been named International Punster of the Year and Toastmasters International's Golden Gavel winner.

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Crazy English: The Ultimate Joy Ride Through Our Language 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My teacher made me read this. At first I thought it would be pretty dumb. When I read it, I burst out laughing several times during the course of the book. He points out many of the phrases and expressions that don't make sense. It really doesn't have much of a point, but I garauntee you'll get a kick out of it.