Crazy English Author:Richard Lederer In his previous volumes, master wordsmith Richard Lederer has delighted and instructed with his lighthearted looks at our amusing and abusing adventures with the English language. Now this "colunnist extraordinaire" (The New Yorker), this "one-man department of linguistic ludicrousness" (Chicago Tribune), this "abbot of absurdity" ... more »(Boston Globe) delivers his tour de farce: a rollicking tour through the oddities of the mother tongue.
In Crazy English, Dr. Lederer demonstrates that logic is "conspicuously absent" from the "standard deviations" of our language, an "open secret" that is anything but "old news." In what other language, asks Lederer, do people drive on a parkway and park in a driveway, or play at a recital and recite at a play? We may speak and write English in a discombobulated manner, but it is unlikely we'll ever do itor anything elsein a combobulated manner.
If the crazy randomness, inconsistent spelling, and logic-boggling structure of English prove the stuff on which Lederer's dreams are made, so does the evolving, accommodating capacity of the language. In this volume you will find a list of names for phobias you didn't know you could havefears not only of marriage, daylight, and being stared at, but also of mothers-in-law, the number 13, and peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth. Here is a bird's eye view of our beastly language (lame ducks who rule the roost in this rate race of a dog-eat-dog world) as well as a veritable banquet of mushrooming food metaphors that you'll want to savor and relish; here are both the longest words in our dictionaries and the shortest sentences that contain every letter of the alphabet. Watch the re-nouned Farmer Pluribus try to rid his "henhice" of "foxen," and meet the self-reflecting Doctor Rotcod, destined to speak only in palindromes.
Full of stories, poems, interviews, quizzes, and other edifying challenges, Crazy English is perfect laugh-out-loud entertainment, guaranteed to keep you figuratively glued to your seat while you fall heels over head in love with our loopy language.« less