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

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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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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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DR. MARDY GROTHE is a retired psychologist, management consultant, and platform speaker; the author of six “word and language” books, including Oxymoronica and Viva la Repartee; and the creator of Dr. Mardy’s Dictionary of Metaphorical Quotations. Dr. Mardy—as his many fans worldwide know him—is one of America’s most beloved quotation anthologists. He lives in Southern Pines, North Carolina, with his wife, Katherine Robinson.

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