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A Man of My Words: Reflections on the English Language

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Popular author and speaker Richard Lederer is one of the foremost and funniest commentators on the pleasures and quirks of the English language. In this far-ranging collection of essays, Lederer offers readers more of the irrepressible wordplay and linguistic high jinks his fans can't get enough of, along with observations on a life in letters. From an inner-city classroom ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2003)
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Will Byrnes
Nov 12, 2014 Will Byrnes rated it really liked it
I do not really know how this book came to adorn my night table. It may have emerged from the glacier that is my apartment, picked up in a rush some years back then exposed by the movement of this or that piece of furniture, a shifting of this or that pile of stacked books. Or it may have arrived as one of over thirty in a frenzy of Barnes and Noble summer sale books. Yes, kids. Dad does use those gift cards. But alight it did, and served to make it even more difficult for me to get to sleep for ...more
Stewart
Jul 29, 2008 Stewart rated it really liked it
Richard Lederer is a favorite author of mine. He is the author of 30 books on the English language, several of which I have read. His wit and erudition make him a fun read. He is a master punster and has several chapters on word play. Lederer wrote a chapter on the ubiquity of "like" in the sentences of the under-30 crowd: "I fret that the permeating influence of 'like' makes imprecision the norm and keeps both speakers and listeners from coming to grips with the thoughts behind he words." He is ...more
Dan
Sep 26, 2015 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Much better than his Anguished English series. Best section: ". . . AND GLADLY TEACH."
Shannon
Jul 15, 2009 Shannon rated it really liked it
Great collection of essays. I had the pleasure of hearing Dr. Lederer speak at a conference I attended and he was very entertaining. He also has (or had) a montly spot on a local radio station that I used to listen to - his knowledge of words and where they came from and phrases and how they came about is asthonishing...and fun! I now want to read the rest of his works ... but there are so many. Yikes!
Trisha
Apr 26, 2009 Trisha rated it it was amazing
Happened across this book at the library and have been enjoying it every since. It's a laugh out loud look at the pleasures and intricacies of our amazing, fantastic, incredible, awesome, glorious, wonderful, astonishing, spectacular language and its many uses, abuses and misuses. Anyone who loves words and enjoys exploring the many ways we so casually throw them around will have fun reading this book!
Bayla
Dec 29, 2011 Bayla rated it really liked it
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I really enjoy books about words and language -- the only problem is that if you read too many of Dr. Lederer's books in a row, they get a bit repetitive. Also, he always demonstrates the linguistic peculiarity that he's discussing, and that can sometimes become a bit much. Overall, lots of fun though.
Mel
Sep 24, 2007 Mel rated it really liked it
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I love this book! Each chapter is a fun little nugget about language. I like to read one or two before bed because each is self-contained, so I don't get stuck staying up late because I can't put my book down.
Emily
Sep 12, 2007 Emily rated it really liked it
A very interesting little book for anyone interested in fascinating facts about word origins and language. Richard Lederer is fantastic and witty, and this is a really enjoyable read.
Jan Ackerson
Mar 31, 2008 Jan Ackerson rated it it was amazing
More of Lederer's reflections on his love of words than an actual book of wordplay, but still highly entertaining.
Bardi
Aug 14, 2007 Bardi rated it it was amazing
RIchard helps remind me how much fun language is.
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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 ...more
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