Crazy English 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 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.
 

About Richard Lederer

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Richard Lederer is the author of more than thirty books on the English language, including Anguished English, which is one of the best-selling language humor books in print. His syndicated column, "Looking at Language," appears in newspapers and magazines nationwide, and he co-hosts a weekly show on San Diego and Wisconsin public radio. He lives with his wife Simone in San Diego.
 
Published May 11, 2010 by Pocket Books. 224 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Lederer, a New Hampshire schoolteacher and ""Grammar Grappler"" columnist for Writer's Digest, loves the language and here pays humorous honor to its oddities and beauties, from the longest word (a 1,913-lettered amino acid) to why ""-ash"" verbs (bash, clash, gash, etc.) invariably define violen...

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A journalist, teacher at St. Paul's School in Concord, N.H., and public-radio commentator, Lederer ( Anguished English ; Get Thee to a Punnery ) again adroitly mixes instruction with hilarity by showi

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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 anagr

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