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The Play of Words
Do you know the connection between the expression A HARROWING EXPERIENCE and agriculture, between BY AND LARGE and sailing, between GET YOUR GOAT and horses, or between STEAL YOUR THUNDER and show business? You probably have heard the comparisons HAPPY AS A CLAM, SMART AS A WHIP, PLEASED AS PUNCH, DEAD AS A DOORNAIL - but have you ever wondered why a clam should be happy, ...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published May 11th 2010 by Pocket Books
(first published September 1st 1991)
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Nov 15, 2013 Homeschoolmama rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Came across this at a used and rare book store yesterday- what a gem! I just started looking at this one. I love Richard Lederer. I remember growing up reading his columns in the newspaper. His writing is witty, clever, full of interesting etymology, word plays, and as someone said, semantic antics. .. And of course puns! Anyone interested in linguistics, etymology, word plays, etc., should read this book! It's lots of fun.
Richard Lederer is the author of more than 35 books about language, history, and humor, including his best-selling Anguished English series and his current book, The Gift of Age. He has been profiled in magazines as diverse as The New Yorker, People, and the National Enquirer and frequently appears on radio as a commentator on language. He has been named International Punster of the Year and Toast ...moreMore about Richard Lederer...