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The 776 Nastiest Things Ever Said by Ross Petras
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Dec 28, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: history, reference, humor
Recommended for: Malcontents & people who need filters.
Read in December, 1998

"You don't take a sausage roll to a banquet." The previous sentence was spoken by Sir Winston Churchill, when asked why he hadn't brought his wife with him on a trip to Paris. The 776 Nastiest Things Ever Said is filled with gems like this. For anyone looking for more vindictive, spiteful curmudgeons to admire and mimic, this is the ultimate reference book. It ranges in reference points from the shallowly brutal ("A bag of tattooed bones in a sequined slingshot." - fashion critic Mr. Blackwell, describing Cher) to handy advice on what to say to former lovers when you run into them years later ("I thought I told you to wait in the car." - Tallulah Bankhead). There are reminders of better times, like when presidents were honest ("I didn't fire MacArthur because he was a dumb son-of-a-bitch, although he was, but that's not against the law for generals. If it was, half to three-quarters of them would be in jail." - President Harry S. Truman). And even the artists behind some of the brilliantly cold verbal assaults in this book are targets of other wits themselves. "Winston Churchill would go up to his Creator and say he would very much like to meet his son, about whom he has heard a great deal." David Lloyd George was probably more acquainted with Sir Winston's ego than even Winston's wife. A wonderful collection.

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message 1: by Natalie (new)

Natalie Boise Public Library has this but it is a reference book so I can't check it out - and I certainly can't sit there next to the reference desk reading it and snickering and being creepy all day. grrr!

Nathan It's actually in the reference section?! Brilliant!


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