Word Wizard

Super Bloopers, Rich Reflections, and Other Acts of Word Magic

Richard Lederer

St. Martin's Griffin

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After a multi-decade career of stimulating readers to appreciate and laugh at the glories and oddities of our English language, beloved language maven Richard Lederer has collected his very best and most popular pieces in Word Wizard. In this career-capping anthology the reader will find essays that enlighten, inspire, and tickle the funny bone.

From his hilarious bloopers to his hymns of praise to the English language, these essays are the brightest gems of a storied career. Word Wizard includes a new introduction, prefaces for each essay, sprightly verse, and material never before published in Leader’s language books. With classic chapters such as “The World According to Student Bloopers,” “English Is a Crazy Language,” and “The Case for Short Words,” and shiny new essays such as “The Way We Word” and “Add Wealth to Your Vocabulary,” Word Wizard is sure to delight language lovers and Lederer fans everywhere.

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Word Wizard
Words at playIn the blunderful world of bloopers, crimes and misdemeanors against the English language go unpunished, but not unpublished, often in my Anguished English series. Although my name appears on the covers of those books, I am not truly their author. My anthologies of accidental assaults upon our language are really created by legions of bloopists who fabricate wacky words, lacerated lingo, ridiculous rhetoric, ditzy diction, fractured phrases, eviscerated expressions, idiotic idioms, mislocated modifiers, mixed-up metaphors, skewed and skewered syntax, and other verbal

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“Richard Lederer is the true King of Language Comedy. His Anguished English books are the funniest books I have ever read.”
---Sidney Sheldon

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Richard Lederer

Richard Lederer is the author of more than thirty books on the English language, including Anguished English and A Man of My Words. His syndicated column, “Looking at Language,” appears in newspapers and magazines nationwide, and he cohosts “A Way with Words” each week on public radio. He lives in San Diego with his wife, Simone van Egeren.

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Word Wizard
Super Bloopers, Rich Reflections, and Other Acts of Word Magic
Richard Lederer

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
April 2007
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429906456
ISBN10: 1429906456
272 pages
$7.99

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
March 2006
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312351717
ISBN10: 0312351712
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 272 pages
$18.99
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