Richard Lederer is the true king of language comedy. Anguished English is the funniest book I have ever read.”—Sidney Sheldon. Fourth in the Anguished English series (The Bride of Anguished English, Richard Lederer, Author, Jim McLean, Illustrator St. Martin’s Press. Anguished English is the impossibly funny anthology of accidental assaults upon our common language. From bloopers and Richard Lederer. Gibbs Smith.

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More fun with discombobulated English! Like Richard Lederer’s Get Thee to a PunneryAnguished English will have you chuckling and grinning, if not rolling on the floor as you read examples of mangled English written not only by children, but by adults who you think would have learned better in school. Many of these have been on the email circuit, but having them all together makes for just plain fun!

My numerically- rather than verbally- oriented husband had difficulty listening to some of th. My numerically- rather than verbally- oriented husband had difficulty listening to some of them that involved homophones sound-alike words, i. He enjoyed them more by reading them.

It’s a great party pumper that can soon have people warmed up and in a good mood! Don’t forget to provide extra eats — laughter increases the appetite!! For me, this book is best taken in small bites, letting a few sink in and then waiting a while perhaps a day to return for a few more. And, for whatever it is worth, I bought this at Amazon. The book is also available in print format.

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Lists with This Book. Lederdr 17, Becky rated it liked it Shelves: I have learned so much from this book. Most importantly, I’ve learned that what I thought was a regional dialect of Northeastern Pennsylvania called Heynabonics is actually a nation-wide sub-language called “Slurvian. This was ledderer cute, though disturbing, read. I laughed until I cried in the beginning section, reading through students’ essays and seeing their mutilation of facts, but towards the middle of the book, it just kind of lost me.

Yes, there wer I have learned so much from this book. And some of them, despite all disclaimers to the contrary, seemed faked. Or slightly modified to increase the irony and make them funnier, at the very least.

Still, this was a quick read, and most of it was amusing even if I didn’t spend the entire book in tears of laughter, so it wasn’t a complete waste of time.


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View all 9 comments. As a teacher, I began to gather linguistic jewels many years ago, mainly from my students’ compositions and tests, but sometimes from media or overheard conversations in the street. I intended, just like Richard Lederer, to make someday a book out of them, but I never imagined this book as a mere anthology — at the end of the day, how long can you laugh while reading page after page of jokes?

How many spoons of honey can you eat before becoming sick? In other words, the real challenge is to seek As a teacher, I began to gather linguistic jewels many years ago, mainly from my students’ compositions engkish tests, but sometimes from media or overheard conversations in the street. These are my two main complaints regarding Anguished English: Malaprop apart from the obvious French one. After all, people badly need to be reminded there is always someone anguisehd can help them, someone like the author of the following generous offer: Write today for free help!

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Anguished English: An Anthology of Accidental Assaults Upon Our Language

A man who marries twice commits bigotry. The British governor lives there. Perfect for antique lover. And last but not least, from translations: The lift is being fixed for the next day. During that time we regret that you will be unbearable.

To stop the drip turn cock to right. View all 7 comments. An okay depiction of various language mistakes. Perfect for people who like to post a lot of status updates. It made me laugh a couple of times, so it gets a pass. It didn’t leave me ‘roaring with laughter’ the way it promised though. I can’t put my finger on it, but I didn’t like the tone of the book if that makes any sense.

I didn’t see this as a benign humorous mocking. Occasionally it was a bit condescending. Still, some of the mistakes are hilarious. Others were trying too hard. That might have been my mistake. Jan 26, Manybooks rated it liked it Shelves: You can’t go home again: I read this when it was first released, in 19mumblemumble, and laughed until I cried.

Now I find Lederer condescending and annoying. I hate the sections with grammatical errors from “citizens applying for payments from a state welfare agency” and “actual [school] excuse notes”.

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Listen to Lederer snicker because “an astonishing number of grownups blithely go about murdering the King’s English without any inkling they are committing a serious crime. Sep 10, Jess Candela rated it it was amazing Shelves: I was a teenager living at home when I read this book for the first time. My mother expressed concern at all the howling noises she’d been hearing from my room since she got home.

I tried to explain to her, but was laughing elderer hard to speak, tears streaming down my face. I finally handed her the book, and she understood immediately.


I’ve pared my bookshelves down a bit over the years and moves, but this is one book that is always guaranteed a spot. Znguished all 5 comments. I still laugh outloud all these years later at the “defeat of the Spanish Armadillo. Dec 25, Matt rated it it was amazing.

I laugh just thinking about this book. The chapter on history of the world according to student bloopers alone is worth the price of the book.

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Jul 19, Melody rated it really liked it. Hilarious, and what’s more, consistently hilarious. My high school English teacher and I bonded over this book. Mar 31, Jan Ackerson rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Every time I read it or any other book by LedererI laugh until I weep.

Aug 29, Danielle rated it it was ok Shelves: It really isn’t this book’s fault that I didn’t like it. If I had read it when it was first released I’m sure I would have appreciated it more. However, I was disappointed because 1 I was expecting a humorous take on grammar abuses a la Eats, Shoots, and Leaves and instead it turned out to be a collection of language “bloopers” of every ilk.

I’m giving credit to e-mail lists and one-liners at the end of Reader’s Digest articles. At any rate, the novelty was gone, and they weren’t all that clever or amusing to begin with. Those complaints being registered, it’s a quick read, and you’re sure to laugh in at least a few places, even if you have heard them before, so if you go for anghished kind of thing ya know, like the church bulletin gaffes such as: Dec 26, Nancy rated it really liked it Recommends it for: My numerically- rather than verbally- oriented husband had difficulty listening to some of th More fun with discombobulated English!


Nov 08, David rated it it was amazing Shelves: The perfect bathroom book, provided you can sit on the can while laughing uncontrollably. Lederer has collected the most rihcard misuses of the English language from student papers “The sun never set on the British Empire because the British Empire is in the East and the sun sets in the West”newspaper advertisements “Stock up and save.

To avoid overdosing, I recommend a day-long pause after each chapter. Mar 10, Lynette rated it really liked it.

I needed a couple of slender books with light topics. This fit the bill, but had the added benefit of making me laugh until my sides ached.