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

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St. Martin's Publishing Group, 2007 M04 1 - 272 pages

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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Contents

The Loom of Language
37
Crazy English
99
The Write Way
139
The Joys of Lex
179
Making the Alphabet Dance
219
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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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