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The Revenge of Anguished English

Richard Lederer has been called Attila the Pun, Conan the Grammarian, and the Viceroy of Verbivores. In "The Revenge of Anguished English"," " Lederer leaves us limp with laughter at how the innocent, the negligent, and the pompous mangle the English language. Lederer loves a good verbal blooper: Unfortunate typos, misplaced modifiers, unintended double-entendres, downright stupidity---it's all here, collected and celebrated by the most popular anguished language expert of them all. As a bonus, not a single blooper, blunder, or boo-boo has been made up or fiddled with. Consider these bloopers: In an essay, a student wrote, "The ship that brought the first settlers to the new world was the "Cauliflower.""Many gas stations equipped with snack stores display the sign "Eat Here and Get Gas."A classified ad offered "antique desk suitable for lady with thick legs and large drawers.""Another""student blooper: " The four gospels are written by John, Paul, George, and that other guy."A science blooper: "Elephants eat roots, leaves, grasses, and sometimes bark. "In a church bulletin: "Attend and you will hear an excellent speaker and heave a healthy lunch. "On a baby stroller" Remove child before folding.
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About the Author

Richard Lederer, Ph.D., is the author of more than thirty books on the English language, including "Anguished English, A Man of My Words, Comma Sense, "and, most recently, "Word Wizard." His syndicated column "Looking at Language" appears in newspapers and magazines nationwide, and he frequently appears on radio as a language commentator. He lives in San Diego with his wife, Simone van Egeren.


"Richard Lederer is the true King of Language Comedy. His "Anguished English" books are the funniest books I have ever read." - Sidney Sheldon"Someone should declare Richard Lederer a national treasure."- Anne Merriman, "Richmond Times-Dispatch""Only Richard Lederer could make the complete decline of the English language so entertaining."- Mike Reiss, Emmy Award-winning writer and producer of "The Simpsons""Richard Lederer's delight in English is itself delightful--and contagious!"- Edwin Newman, author of "I Must Say""Richard Lederer has done it again--another delightful, witty, and hugely absorbing celebration of the English language. Is there no stopping this man?"- Bill Bryson, author of "A Walk in the Woods"

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