Viva la Repartee (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Mar 17, 2009 - Reference - 304 pages
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For most of us, that perfect retort or witty reply often escapes us when we need it most, only to come to mind with perfect clarity when it's too late to be useful. The twentieth-century writer Heywood Broun described this all-too-common phenomenon when he wrote "Repartee is what we wish we'd said."

In Viva la Repartee, Dr. Mardy Grothe, author of Oxymoronica, has lovingly assembled a collection of masterfully composed -- and perfectly timed -- replies that have turned the tables on opponents and adversaries. This delightful volume is a celebration of the most impressive retorts, ripostes, rejoinders, comebacks, quips, ad-libs, bon mots, off-the-cuff comments, wisecracks, and other clever remarks ever to come out of the mouths -- and from the pens -- of people throughout history. Touching on all areas of human endeavor, including politics, the arts, literature, sports, relationships, and even the risqué, the book features contributions from Oscar Wilde, Mark Twain, Dorothy Parker, Mae West, Groucho Marx, Winston Churchill, Dolly Parton, and scores more.

As entertaining as it is intellectually enriching, Viva la Repartee is sure to capture the attention of language lovers and is the perfect antidote for anyone who's ever thought I wish I'd said that!

  

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Review: Viva la Repartee: Clever Comebacks and Witty Retorts from History's Great Wits and Wordsmiths

User Review  - Aaron Wong - Goodreads

Grothe, M. (2005). Viva la repartee: Clever comebacks and witty retorts from history's great wits and wordsmiths. New York: Collins. Read full review

Review: Viva la Repartee: Clever Comebacks and Witty Retorts from History's Great Wits and Wordsmiths

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Contents

contents
1
Classic Retorts Ripostes Rejoinders
15
Classic Quips Adlibs
32
Laconic Repartee
50
Stage Screen Repartee
64
Written Repartee
123
Chiastic Repartee
211
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About the author (2009)

Dr. Mardy Grothe is a psychologist, management consultant, and public speaker. He is the author of five previous word-and-language books: I Never Metaphor I Didn't Like, Viva la Repartee, Oxymoronica, Ifferisms, and Never Let a Fool Kiss You or a Kiss Fool You. A lifelong quotation collector, Dr. Mardy—as he is known to his fans around the globe—is routinely described as a "quotation maven" and is well on his way to becoming America's most popular quotation anthologist. He lives with his wife, Katherine Robinson, in North Carolina.

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