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Adventures of a Verbivore

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The author of Anguished English invites readers on another verbal adventure, in which he offers a plethora of palindromes, groan-inducing puns, malapropisms, and word quizzes, and is told off by a sixth-grader. Reprint.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 1st 1995 by Pocket Books (first published March 1st 1994)
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Jul 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, humor, words
Rather disorganized, but fun to read. He doesn't deal with grammar much, but he talks a lot about this love for words & language, and what sort of experiences that love has led him to. And he's much less rigid about ending sentences with prepositions and "hopefully" (as in "Hopefully, we won't get lost.") than many language folks. Yes!
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: local-library
Lederer is always insightful, and I appreciate his non-authoritarian take on language, but this volume suffers from being a bunch of different essays about a bunch of different things. It has good parts, but without a central theme, it just seems too disjointed.
Jan 17, 2011 rated it liked it
It's full of clever wordplay, but not really the kind of book you'd pick up and read all the way through. (In fact, doing that makes the book seem much more annoying than it would otherwise.)

Keep it around and look at it whenever you want to think about language.
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wordplay
I love Lederer's books, and this one gives the exact reason why: I am, indeed, a verbivore.
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Lovers of English and teachers everywhere.
Shelves: non-fiction
The author does his best to say that English is a dynamic and changing language when it comes to usage and pronunciation. This does not really help me deal with people who persist in misspelling, improper punctuation, and improper pluralization.
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Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Non-stop thrill ride of linguistic fun.
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love of words 1 4 Feb 17, 2009 01:49PM  
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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