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Lederer, Richard. The bride of anguished English; a bonanza of bloopers, blunders, botches, and boo-boos.



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Richard Lederer has fashioned an enviable career--to the tune of some 2000 books and articles, if the cover blurb blurb  
n.
A brief publicity notice, as on a book jacket.



[Coined by Gelett Burgess (1866-1951), American humorist.]


blurb v.
 is to be believed--out of collecting puns, typographical errors, mangled metaphors, accidental double entendres, and other linguistic faux pas that are guaranteed to induce giggles in those of us inclined, whether by nature or nurture, to find such philological phi·lol·o·gy  
n.
1. Literary study or classical scholarship.

2. See historical linguistics.



[Middle English philologie, from Latin philologia, love of learning
 shenanigans shenanigans
Noun, pl

Informal

1. mischief or nonsense

2. trickery or deception [origin unknown]
 giggle-inducing. I'm sure there are certain people in this wide world of ours who fail to see the humor in a sports headline like "Grandmother of eight makes hole in one" or a restaurant sign announcing that "Shoes are required to eat inside" or the household hint that "Lettuce won't turn brown if you put your head in a plastic bag before placing it in a refrigerator," but why in the world would anyone want to associate with such people? For the rest of us (abuse) for The Rest Of Us - (From the Macintosh slogan "The computer for the rest of us") 1. Used to describe a spiffy product whose affordability shames other comparable products, or (more often) used sarcastically to describe spiffy but very overpriced products.

2.
, each new book by Lederer offers the delightful prospect of opening to any page at random and enjoying at least half-a-dozen hearty chuckles. Although a fair number of the supposedly genuine "bloopers, blunders, botches, and boo-boos" presented on these pages were probably penned long ago by some professional humor writer--e.g., "The American Revolution began because the English put tacks in their tea"--even the hoariest chestnuts in Lederer's collection are sure to seem fresh and new to some student who picks up one of his books and discovers for the first time that the English language can be a lot more fun than his excruciatingly dull eighth-grade English teacher may have led him to believe. And that, in my opinion, would be a lesson well worth learning. Jeffrey Cooper, Writer/Editor, Long Island, NY
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Author:Cooper, Jeffrey
Publication:Kliatt
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Sep 1, 2002
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