A Man of My Words: Reflections on the English Language

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Macmillan, Dec 5, 2003 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 288 pages
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Popular author and speaker Richard Lederer is one of the foremost and funniest commentators on the pleasures and quirks of the English language. In this far-ranging and career-capping collection of essays, Lederer offers readers more of the irrepressible wordplay and linguistic high jinx his fans can't get enough of, along with observations on a life in letters. From an inner-city classroom to a wordy weekend retreat, from centuries-old etymological legacies to the latest in slang, dialects, and fadspeak, these essays transport, inform, and entertain as only wordstruck Richard Lederer can.

Iluminating everything from secrets of the writing life to the last word on the pronunciation of nuclear and offering his thoughts on "Sex and the Singular Pronoun" and an open letter to Ann Landers (signed "English Lover in San Diego"), along with games, quizzes, and a Declaration of Linguistic Independence, this collection has something for everyone who delights in our language.

Keen-eared and good-humored, A Man of My Words is sure to take its place next to Anguished English and The Miracle of Language as one of Richard Lederer's most popular and enduring works.
 

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Columnist, prolific language humorist, and radio-show host Lederer offers over 40 brief essays that illuminate wide-ranging aspects of the English language. The essays mix puns, anecdotes, poems ... Read full review

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Great collection of essays. I had the pleasure of hearing Dr. Lederer speak at a conference I attended and he was very entertaining. He also has (or had) a montly spot on a local radio station that I ... Read full review

Contents

A CELEBRATION OF ENGLISH
7
A Declaration of Linguistic Independence
39
Talking Turkey
45
A Nookyuhlur Nonproliferation Treatise
81
Writing Is
87
How Wise Is Proverbial Wisdom?
117
Etymological Snapshots
153
Haunted Words
159
Jest for the Pun of It
179
Pun Your Way to Success
185
Teachers Change Lives
207
Teaching in Ghettoburg
213
Happy Media
225
Conan the Grammarian
243
Took of the Trade
277
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Richard Lederer is the author of more than thirty books on the English language, including Anguished English, which is one of the best-selling language humor books in print. His syndicated column, "Looking at Language," appears in newspapers and magazines nationwide, and he co-hosts a weekly show on San Diego and Wisconsin public radio. He lives with his wife Simone in San Diego.

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