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Get Thee to a Punnery: An Anthology of Intentional Assaults Upon the English Language Paperback – 25 Aug 2006

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Wyrick & Co ,U.S.; Rev., Expanded, and Updated edition (25 Aug. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 094171182X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0941711821
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1.1 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 480,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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I find it astonishing that the publisher Gibbs Smith allowed this book to be printed with the subtitle "An Anthology of Intentional Assaults Upon The English Language". This is NOT an anthology of puns. Rather, it is a sort of text book, explaining in incredibly patronising terms what a pun IS (and not always getting it right, by the way) with 'fill in the blanks' sections, reminiscent of begginers' foreign language textbooks. If you already know what a pun is, then this book is not for you. If you don't, then I can't imagine you'd want to buy a book about puns in the first place.

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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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Puns from the Pun Pundit himself 21 May 2004
By Joanna Daneman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The only thing more fun than reading Richard Lederer's book about puns and wordplay is going to one of Richard's lecturers and watching the words fly fast and furious. Sometimes, Richard appears on NPR, but until you can hear him live, "Get Thee to a Punnery" will be the best way to sample his intellectual brand of zany humor. This is one of those books that is just great for reading and laughing outloud, grabbing the arm of the nearest person and pointing to some really funny stuff. If you like word play and puns, this is the Mother Lode.
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite like his other books 20 Dec. 2010
By Professor Q - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I read this guy's other book, Anguished English, and had a lot of fun with it. It was a collection of situations where bad English was used in hilarious ways.

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.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The punniest book you can find 31 Oct. 2002
By Bruce Morrison - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've had this book for 10 years and everytime I'm with a new crowd of people I bring it out, and soon after people are rolling on the floor. The funniest sections are "Prinderella and The Cince" and "Ladle Rat Rotten Hut". If you practice enough to read these aloud everyone will be amazed and entertained. The only down side is that there are alot of "un-funny" sections, but there are jewels sprinkled within, and for the price I would definitely recommend this.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Practically worthy of a 21-pun salute 18 Jan. 2012
By W. V. Buckley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Sorry, but I couldn't resist that title. Richard Lederer's Get Thee to a Punnery: An Anthology of Intentional Assaults Upon the English Language is neither a footnote-heavy treatise on literary puns through the ages (although he quotes a few from Shakespeare). Neither is it a collection of groan-inducing puns (although it has a few of those as well).

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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pun little book. 14 Jan. 2014
By Sue J - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
A wonderful book for every logophile, full of information on the different types of puns, followed by 'exercises' to test your brain. Fun, fun book. I'll be keeping this one open, working on it between other reads. (works great on Kindle - I just write my answers in a notebook and I'll check them when I'm finished.
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