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The Joy of Lex: How to Have Fun with 860,341,500 Words

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For word buffs, for puzzle lovers, for anagram addicts, for crossword enthusiasts, for Scrabble players, for readers with an eye for the eccentric, and an ear for the unusual, this is the ultimate guide to the lighter side of the English language, written by a seasoned wordsmith and self-confessed verbaholic.
Paperback, 310 pages
Published March 1st 1983 by William Morrow & Company (first published 1980)
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Dec 28, 2012 Rod rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
However painful we may be to the general populace, it's a simple fact that those of us whose humor tends toward puns are very, very much enthralled by language -- especially the sound, flow, and rhythm of words. This is an excellent book for anyone with a love of the English language and its many possibilities. I wanted it the instant I found it on a bookshelf, and though it took me a few years I was thrilled to eventually own it AND its sequel, More Joy of Lex.
Elisa Ward
Fun book, but the author desperately needed a proofreader for the paperback edition. I've found several typos already. This is unfortunate, especially for some of the quiz answers as those less read may take these as fact. I just took a quiz in which "snagfroid" was the correct answer. One would need some amount of sangfroid not to take out a pencil and correct it themselves. I admit outright that I could not control myself and made the correction in cold lead. (At least Mr. Brandreth would appr ...more
Jun 16, 2012 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reference
Somewhat dated, but still a funny look at language. You get some anecdotes, aphorisms, and a few puzzles thrown together, addressing the oddity that is the hodge-podge English of today. If you're an English teacher (and I am), I'd recommend it for classroom fodder. With some minor adjustments you can use some of the material for a laugh or two.
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Jun 18, 2012 Alyce Rocco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Joy of Lex by Gyles Brandreth: Light reading, fun, the kind of book that I returned to picking and choosing my favorite chapters to re-read.

As with the rest of my personal library, no longer have the book, but may just have to get another one.
Informative, witty, funny, absolutely interesting.....
Mar 06, 2008 Ruby rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: word whores
Shelves: non-fiction
Interesting, but dated. Lots of lists, some of which weren't my favorite topics. Would have made a great website, but it was written in 1980, so the technology wasn't available.
Jul 15, 2008 Cait rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people I like
I read this book to tatters when I was a kid. Which, you know, probably explains a lot.
Nov 01, 2008 Ufozoey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hilarius! They should so make this our English textbook. It actually teaches you more! (By the way, I made level 4 on the quiz about how many words that you know!)
Jan 17, 2008 Severine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Logophiles
For logophiles everywhere - a great read and re-read
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Full name: Gyles Daubeney Brandreth.
A former Oxford Scholar, President of the Oxford Union and MP for the City of Chester, Gyles Brandreth’s career has ranged from being a Whip and Lord Commissioner of the Treasury in John Major’s government to starring in his own award-winning musical revue in London’s West End. A prolific broadcaster (in programmes ranging from Just a Minute to Have I Got News f
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