Get Thee to a Punnery: An Anthology of Intentional Assaults Upon the English Language Paperback – 25 Aug 2006
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About the Author
Richard Lederer is the author of more than 35 books about language, history, and humor, including his best-selling Anguished English series. He is founding cohost of A Way with Words on public radio and his syndicated column, "Looking at Language," appears in newspapers and magazines throughout the United States. He lives in San Diego.
Top Customer Reviews
I can see a potential use of this book, however, in helping advanced students of English as a foreign language, in getting to grips with the nuances of English wordplay, which can be a little baffling to those who are not native speakers.
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I thought that Get Thee To A Punnery would be more of the same, except with puns.
Instead I got a book full of blank spots where you guess the best word to make the sentence a pun.
It might be fun for some people, but I really just kind of wanted a joke book of sorts for myself. There are some good puns in there actually listed, and it appears to be a good way to make yourself more aware of how to have pun with the language.
But if you're already good at making people groan, then you probably won't need it for this purpose.
Instead, Lederer takes a middle ground of sorts and breaks puns down into a number of categories. Strange, but I had never thought of puns as being anything but a low form of humor before. It's like finding out your crazy old uncle who was forever trying to get you to "pull my finger" had once been the Royal Court Jester.
I could have probably done without some of the exercises in the book which seemed like unnecessary padding. But that's just my preference. The rest of the book made for an enjoyable and fairly quick read.