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The Utterly Ultimate "My Word!" Collection (A Methuen humour classic) Paperback – 5 Nov 1998


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  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Methuen Publishing Ltd; New edition edition (5 Nov 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0413564207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0413564207
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 3.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The stories which Frank Muir and Denis Norden have been telling for many years on the "My Word!" radio programme, offering complicated explanations for simple and well-known phrases, could be said to have created new literary genre. This volume brings together the five "My Word!" books.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 May 2002
Format: Paperback
How do I love this compilation of books?
Let me ...
Shout its praise.
Flout a phrase.
Oh, well. All right. I’ll count the ways: 147.
That’s how many stories make up the complete collection of tales from the “My Word!” panel game devised by Edward J. Mason and Tony Shrayne, and written, brilliantly, by Frank Muir and Denis Norden. There’s something, and oftentimes some several things, to be delighted by in each of the distinct entries that make up “The Utterly Ultimate ‘My Word!’ Collection.”
This tome encompasses the contents of five separate collections of “My Word!” stories:
• “You Can’t Have Your Kayak and Heat It”
• “Upon My Word!”
• “Take My Word For It”
• “Oh, My Word!”
• “You Have My Word”
The point of the game show, if point there had to be, involved a literary quiz in which contestants were encouraged to contrive some astonishing tale leading to an even more astonishing -- sometimes outright blood-curdling -- pun of a famous phrase, title, proverb -- what have you. And what you had when Norden or Muir were done was something familiar that can never again be looked upon in quite the same way.
How to gain strength from the assurance, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way,” when Denis Norden has explained to us the greater truth, that “Where There’s a Whale, There’s a Y?” How can one chance upon “Many are called, but few are chosen” in the Bible and not recall that Frank Muir has told us that “Many are cold, but few are frozen?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lance Mitchell on 8 Aug 2008
Format: Paperback
I used to listen to the radio show "My Word!" when I was a teenager living in Hong Kong in the early seventies.

The most popular and most talked about part of the show was when Frank Muir and Dennis Norden were asked to make up stories which culminated in an expression that was something close to a well known phrase or proverb.
I remember marvelling at the way that these two extremely clever, and funny, gentlemen managed to derive the expression that they revealed at the end of their stories. I tried to work it out before they arrived at their destination, which was fun, and very occasionally I felt the ecstasy of being right!

Having the privilege of being able to revisit these most enjoyable puzzles by being able to read through a book consisting 147 of them, is just too wonderful to describe. I have read through the book from front to back two or three times. However, it sits on my bookshelves and is frequently brought down so that I may just randomly enjoy a few of these stories at my leisure.

This is a book that you should obtain both for your personal pleasure and to leave lying around your house so that your friends and family can open it at any page and share your enjoyment.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Fiction Fan on 26 Nov 2009
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Seemingly out of print - and perhaps another victim of the dumbing down of modern Britain - this is comic wordplay of an advanced order.
Frank Muir and Denis Norden took it in turns to write each chapter - it was originally a radio show - with the sole aim in each case of fitting an aphorism, everyday expression or literary quote (stated at the outset of the chapter) into the punchline of the most absurd, contrived and utterly hilarious stories imaginable. The really funny part was trying to see the punchline coming (even when you knew what it was!)
Read this (if you can still find it) and understand why Muir and Norden were among the funniest writers of their day (and their day lasted several decades). Should be on prescription for depressives everywhere.
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By Gibbo on 4 July 2013
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I remember this from my childhood - and it's just as witty as I remembered! Pleased with my purchase, recommend :-)
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Really complete. 1 Jun 2005
By Kate A. Pitrone - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is the final and complete collection of the "My Word" stories. I believe there are five My Word books and at least one other compilation. This is the one you want to get if you can find it.

The My Word stories are an entirely new and unique form of humorous prose. At the end of every My Word program, Muir and Norden were each assigned a famous line or title. They then told a story that ended with a pun based on the line.

Sometimes the stories went into bizarre fantasies designed to set-up the pun. Other times the story was loose collection of elaborate puns.

If you enjoy puns and British humor in general, you will love this book. It has some of the funniest ideas I have ever read. It's often reminiscent of the best of Wodehouse.

The personae Muir and Norden develop for themselves over the years are classic. They will be familiar to you in a few pages.

I can't recommend this book too highly.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I wish that I were this clever! 9 Aug 2008
By Lance Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I used to listen to the radio show "My Word!" when I was a teenager living in Hong Kong in the early seventies.

The most popular and most talked about part of the show was when Frank Muir and Dennis Norden were asked to make up stories which culminated in an expression that was something close to a well known phrase or proverb.
I remember marvelling at the way that these two extremely clever, and funny, gentlemen managed to derive the expression that they revealed at the end of their stories. I tried to work it out before they arrived at their destination, which was fun, and very occasionally I felt the ecstasy of being right!

Having the privilege of being able to revisit these most enjoyable puzzles by being able to read through a book consisting 147 of them, is just too wonderful to describe. I have read through the book from front to back two or three times. However, it sits on my bookshelves and is frequently brought down so that I may just randomly enjoy a few of these stories at my leisure.

This is a book that you should obtain both for your personal pleasure and to leave lying around your house so that your friends and family can open it at any page and share your enjoyment.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Very Punny!!! 10 Jan 2010
By Robert Dunn - Published on Amazon.com
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These are very clever stories. If you've never listened to My Word! on the radio, you might think that some of the stories are lame. However, surf the web a little and find a few of the old broadcasts, and you will quickly discover that Frank and Dennis's stories are lighthearted and original. A must have for lovers of BBC radio programs.
Best Of British Humour. 2 Sep 2013
By Ian A. Ferris - Published on Amazon.com
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Absolutely thrilled to find a copy of this great compilation from Muir and Norton, timeless humour, and inimitable turn of phrase .
good value. Thanks 23 July 2014
By R M Fore - Published on Amazon.com
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Quick shipment, good value. Thanks!
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