He also points out the pitfalls and pratfalls of English. A few chapters read like the comedy bits of George Carlin or Jerry Seinfeld, having fun with puns and homophones. This book will punish you, not reward you, for reading it. I especially enjoyed his column dealing with all of the words Shakespeare added to our language and the essay paying tribute to books and reading is one I'll re The book jacket information promises us that author Richard Lederer has penned a love letter to the English language. Mencken and discovered a world,for the son who never felt himself native to the country of his birth, and for the boy who struggled out of the depths to speak for those who remained behind. The author is brilliant and funny. No purists need stop here.
The boundary between human and animal—between the most primitive savage and the highest ape—is the language line. He is the father of author and poet and poker players Howard Lederer and Annie Duke. You couldn't have gotten me out of books with a wedge. Language and languages—Quotations, maxims, etc. Richard, his mother, and his brother had to move from one community to another throughout the South so that he seldom remained in one school for an entire year. Michaelsen Sterling Publishing Company, New York, 1998 , and to Weather Facts and Fun 2009 , a children's book on weather, co-written by and Kathe Cussen and published by SciArt Media. This 1991 book has generally aged well, though an update would be in order to consider the effect of the Internet on language, especially email, and the coming of ebooks.
They tell us that we must never take for granted the miracle of language. The boundary between human and animal -- between the most primitive savage and the highest ape -- is the language line. I tore downstairs, jumped into my car, and sped toward the event. And a teacher is a compulsive sharer, which is what I do. The rooms became more suffocating than any prison one could imagine.
Anyone who likes to play with words will love this book which covers topics such as neologisms, redundancies, puns and the contributions to the English language of writers such as Shakespeare and Mark Twain. Cover design by John Fontana Printed in the U. He has been named International Punster of the Year and Toastmasters International's Golden Gavel winner. Welcome to Richard Lederer's beguiling celebration of language -- of our ability to utter, write, and receive words. Every contribution reminded me of just how much influence our language has had on the world and how truly remarkable English really is.
In it, he shares some of the most, well … , strange questions asked of librarians. Is there no stopping the man? Lederer is no linguistic sheriff organizing posses to hunt down and string up language offenders. A book cannot be a Richard Lederer book without a good dose of silly fun. I'm not big on the afterlife. He also points out the pitfalls and pratfalls of English. It's a matter of simple math. Predictably, he fails at everything, and cheapens every subject he touches.
Again, for the lover of the English language, a very interesting read. Frank survived the ensuing horrors of the concentration camps. He continues broadcasting through regular guest appearances on several major market public and Clear-Channel commercial radio stations. A couple of the later chapters are list-like in their presentation of quotes that the author likes on books and words. .
In some tribes in Africa, a baby is called a kuntu, a thing, not yet a muntu, a person. A book that has been read but is in good condition. Bookmobility A Celebration of Libraries Ya Got Any Good Books Here? All I know is what I have words for. Why did you stop me, officer? Welcome to Richard Lederer's beguiling celebration of language -- of our ability to utter, write, and receive words. Scholars now know that William Shakespeare did just that! In fact, up to then, I had never been so truly free in my life.
If you read this, you will dog-ear, underline, and maybe even memorize pieces of this to go back and reread. Ours is a language that reveals its secrets in winks, allusions, sighs, and giggles. I did not know that I knew aught, or that I lived or acted or desired. They tell us that the world we perceive is the world we see through words. Actually the dictionary is like a miniature encyclopedia. If you are a genuine wordaholic, an authentic logolept, and a certifiable verbivore, you are in for a lifetime of joy.
Can a single word or letter completely alt ar the intended communication? I left the well-house eager to learn. As Holmes said, 'Language is the skin of living thought. For this reader, it's another that has been added to my personal favorites. Every contribution reminded me of just how much influence our language has had on the world and how truly remarkable English really is. Seizing on the oxymoron, I fixed him with a steely gaze. Archived from on April 7, 2014.