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Viva la Repartee

Clever Comebacks and Witty Retorts from History's Great Wits and Wordsmiths

Author: Dr. Mardy Grothe

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780061758447

Category: Reference

Page: 304

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For most of us, that perfect retort or witty reply often escapes us when we need it most, only to come to mind with perfect clarity when it's too late to be useful. The twentieth-century writer Heywood Broun described this all-too-common phenomenon when he wrote "Repartee is what we wish we'd said." In Viva la Repartee, Dr. Mardy Grothe, author of Oxymoronica, has lovingly assembled a collection of masterfully composed -- and perfectly timed -- replies that have turned the tables on opponents and adversaries. This delightful volume is a celebration of the most impressive retorts, ripostes, rejoinders, comebacks, quips, ad-libs, bon mots, off-the-cuff comments, wisecracks, and other clever remarks ever to come out of the mouths -- and from the pens -- of people throughout history. Touching on all areas of human endeavor, including politics, the arts, literature, sports, relationships, and even the risqué, the book features contributions from Oscar Wilde, Mark Twain, Dorothy Parker, Mae West, Groucho Marx, Winston Churchill, Dolly Parton, and scores more. As entertaining as it is intellectually enriching, Viva la Repartee is sure to capture the attention of language lovers and is the perfect antidote for anyone who's ever thought I wish I'd said that!


Paradoxical Wit and Wisdom from History's Greatest Wordsmiths

Author: Dr. Mardy Grothe

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061978337

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 272

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ox-y-mor-on-i-ca (OK-se-mor-ON-uh-ca) noun, plural: Any variety of tantalizing, self-contradictory statements or observations that on the surface appear false or illogical, but at a deeper level are true, often profoundly true. See also oxymoron, paradox. examples: "Melancholy is the pleasure of being sad." Victor Hugo "To lead the people, walk behind them." Lao-tzu "You'd be surprised how much it coststo look this cheap." Dolly Parton You won't find the word "oxymoronica" in any dictionary (at least not yet) because Dr. Mardy Grothe introduces it to readers in this delightful collection of 1,400 of the most provocative quotations of all time. From ancient thinkers like Confucius, Aristotle, and Saint Augustine to great writers like Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, and G. B. Shaw to modern social observers like Woody Allen and Lily Tomlin, Oxymoronica celebrates the power and beauty of paradoxical thinking. All areas of human activity are explored, including love, sex and romance, politics, the arts, the literary life, and, of course, marriage and family life. The wise and witty observations in this book are as highly entertaining as they are intellectually nourishing and are sure to grab the attention of language lovers everywhere.

Elements of Wit

Mastering the Art of Being Interesting

Author: Benjamin Errett

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698153863

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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Got wit? We’ve all been in that situation where we need to say something clever, but innocuous; smart enough to show some intelligence, without showing off; something funny, but not a joke. What we need in that moment is wit—that sparkling combination of charm, humor, confidence, and most of all, the right words at the right time. Elements of Wit is an engaging book that brings together the greatest wits of our time, and previous ones from Oscar Wilde to Nora Ephron, Winston Churchill to Christopher Hitchens, Mae West to Louis CK, and many in between. With chapters covering the essential ingredients of wit, this primer sheds light on how anyone—introverts, extroverts, wallflowers, and bon vivants—can find the right zinger, quip, parry, or retort…or at least be a little bit more interesting.


A Quotation Lover's Guide to Things You Should Never Do, Never Say, or Never Forget

Author: Dr. Mardy Grothe

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780062079398

Category: Reference

Page: 384

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From Mardy Grothe, the author of Ifferisms,Oxymoronica,and I Never Met a Metaphor IDidn’t Like, comes a new collection of witty and wise quotations about what never to do in life. Remember, “never let the fear of striking out get in your way” (BabeRuth), "never hit anyone if you can help it, but never hit soft"(Theodore Roosevelt); "never be afraid tosit awhile and think" (Lorraine Hansberry); and, of course, neverleave home without the perfect quote for any occasion from Dr. Mardy’s Neverisms.

The 2,548 Wittiest Things Anybody Ever Said

Author: Robert Byrne

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 145164891X

Category: Reference

Page: 672

View: 1184

A fresh selection of sharp, witty zingers gathered from both famous and utterly unknown (but very quotable) sources, by the editor of the popular The 2,548 Best Things Anybody Ever Said Robert Byrne’s quote books are widely praised as authoritative and accessible sources of sayings for any and all occasions. Byrne’s own wit, diligent research, and creativity combine to form a fresh go-to reference that serves readers better than Google—no Wi-Fi required. The 2,548 Wittiest Things Anybody Ever Said is an all-new collection of clever quips and laugh-out-loud punch lines from Gracie Allen to Frank Zappa, on such topics as sex, divorce, religion, fashion, animals, and money: STEVE MARTIN: “I’d do anything for a good body except exercise and eat right.” JON STEWART: “War is God’s way of teaching Americans geography.” NORA EPHRON: “Successful parents have adult children who can pay for their own psychoanalysis.” This compilation, to be enjoyed by generations young and old, deserves a place of honor on every language lover’s bookshelf.


An Anthology of Aphorisms That Begin with the Word "IF"

Author: Dr. Mardy Grothe

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780061959585

Category: Reference

Page: 336

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Perfect for linguaphiles and lovers of quotes, Ifferisms is a lively compendium of wit, wisdom, and wordplay from Dr. Mardy Grothe, author of I Never Metaphor I Didn’t Like, Viva La Repartee, and Oxymoronica. A collection of aphorisms—pithy observations that communicate some kind of truth about the human experience—Ifferisms contains those that begin with “if.” From “If life hands you lemons, make lemonade” to “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” the sayings in Ifferisms demonstrate how hypothetical thinking helps people contemplate their lives.

Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar

Author: Thomas Cathcart,Daniel Klein

Publisher: Oneworld Publications

ISBN: 1786070197

Category: Philosophy

Page: 224

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Here’s an accusation – Sherlock Holmes never deduced anything. When it comes to language, it all depends on what your definition of ‘is’ is. And one for the existentialists – you haven’t lived until you think about death all the time. Daniel Klein and Thomas Cathcart take philosophy to task with flair and gusto in this wise and hilarious treasure of a book. Lively, original, and powerfully informative, Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar... is an irreverent crash course through the great thinkers and traditions. It’s philosophy for everyone, from the curious layperson to the professor who’s seen it all. Klein and Cathcart have the knack of getting to the core of an issue in a crystal clear line, meaning there’s more room for jokes – good jokes, clever jokes, jokes that’ll have you laughing so hard the people nearby will shoot you strange looks. It’s the philosophy class you wish you’d had and finally, it all makes sense!

Metaphors Be With You

An A to Z Dictionary of History's Greatest Metaphorical Quotations

Author: Dr. Mardy Grothe

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062445359

Category: Reference

Page: 528

View: 887

Respected quotation anthologist and author of Oxymoronica and Viva la Repartee Dr. Mardy Grothe is at his best in Metaphors Be with You, an A to Z dictionary of 2,750 of history’s greatest metaphorical quotations, meticulously curated for writers, readers, and quotation lovers everywhere. In Metaphors Be with You, Dr. Mardy Grothe has created the definitive reference on English’s finest metaphors, sourced from literature, politics, philosophy, Hollywood, religion, sports, comedy, history, religion, pop culture, and more. Arranged into two sections—"The Ten Best Things Ever Said" and "The Single Best Thing Ever Said"—Metaphors Be with You includes quotations on five hundred human interest topics and an introduction to the nature, importance, and sheer joy of metaphorical language. Essential for writers, readers, and language aficionados, this breathtaking, beautifully designed sourcebook also contains elegantly integrated digital access to Dr. Mardy’s Dictionary of Metaphorical Quotations, the world’s largest online database of quotations containing metaphors, similes, and analogies. This one-of-a-kind synergy between print and technology offers a comprehensive look at the diversity of words and phrases we use to relate to, understand, and describe our world by providing access to detailed source information, innumerable "Error Alerts," and fascinating quotation backstories that will engage readers as they delve into metaphorical language and discover their own favorites. Whether you’re crafting a speech, writing a novel, or simply searching for new ways to express yourself, this remarkable compendium is sure to inspire you with the perfect metaphor every time.

Oxford Dictionary of Reference and Allusion

Author: Andrew Delahunty,Sheila Dignen

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199567468

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 416

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Previous ed.: Oxford dictionary of Allusions, 2nd ed., 2005.

Great Quotes from Great Leaders

Author: N.A

Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.

ISBN: 160810009X

Category: Self-Help

Page: 159

View: 3378

If you like history and great quotes, you'll love this book which combines a brief biography of 32 world famous leaders with photographs and powerful quotes. You and your family will learn from this collection of wisdom-echoing the integrity, strength of character, and passion of extraordinary men and women. Makes the perfect, unique gift. Some of the highlighted leaders include: Abraham Lincoln, Ben Franklin, Eleanor Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Winston Churchill.

Wise Words and Quotes

Author: Vernon K. McLellan

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

ISBN: 9780842336710

Category: Reference

Page: 296

View: 3868

Many great things have been said since the beginning of time. Many are wise, many are fun, and some are both. "Wise Words and Quotes" presents some of these classic sayings that encourage, inspire and entertain.

Comebacks at Work

Using Conversation to Master Confrontation

Author: Kathleen Kelley Reardon,Christopher T. Noblet

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062083686

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

View: 5576

A stimulating, thought-provoking book that lets you know how to break free of negative behavior, take control of office politics, and prevent difficult, repetitive, and avoidable situations. Reardon—a frequent HuffingtonPost contributor and professor at the Marshall School of Business—arms readers with the tools they need to take control of conversations in the workplace. Comebacks at Work combines the best qualities of Deborah Tannen's Talking from 9 to 5, Kerry Patterson's Crucial Conversations, and Douglas Stone's Difficult Conversations, a perfect workplace guide to getting what you deserve.

Never Cry "Arp!" and Other Great Adventures

Author: Patrick F. McManus

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0805046623

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 134

View: 4364

A zany collection of misadventures follows young Pat and his experiences with Crazy Eddie, the friend kids love and mothers dread; Rancid Crabtree, a malodorous woodsman; Pat's skunk dog, Strange; and his buddy, Retch Sweeney.


Author: Des MacHale

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

ISBN: 9780740733307

Category: Humor

Page: 320

View: 7678

So begins Wit, a collection of hilarious quotes from the famous and infamous by author Des MacHale. MacHale has been collecting quotes over the past 20 years from books, magazines, newspapers, radio, television, film, and any other source imaginable. His criteria for "quotable" quotes is stringent: They must be fresh, concise, and above all, funny! Categorized into 20 chapters such as Food; Politics; Religion; Social Behavior and Manners; Love, Sex, Marriage, Men, and Women; and Lawyers and other Professions, Wit is guaranteed to double up any reader with laughter. The list of hundreds of celebrities' uproarious, provocative, and sometimes downright dim-witted words includes such quips as: "For some reason, a glaze passes over people's faces when you say Canada." -Sondra Gottliebo. "If it sells, it's art." -Frank Lloydo "I owe a lot to my parents-especially my mother and father." -Gary Player. Wit is refreshingly honest and funny and is sure to become a best-seller!

The Quotable John Wayne

The Grit and Wisdom of an American Icon

Author: Carol Lea Mueller

Publisher: Taylor Trade Publications

ISBN: 1589794982

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 88

View: 5312

Perhaps best known for his classic movie lines, such as Fill your hands, you sons-a-bitches from True Grit, the late actor John Wayne often displayed a spontaneous and biting wit away from the screen as well. This gem of inspiration contains Wayne anecdotes on God and country, the old West, friends and family, acting, and quotes from others about John Wayne the actor, and John Wayne the man.

The Snark Handbook: Insult Edition

Comebacks, Taunts, and Effronteries

Author: Lawrence Dorfman

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1634503864

Category: Humor

Page: 200

View: 1714

The bestselling book on the art of the insult is back and it’s more blasphemous than ever. Author and snark connoisseur Lawrence Dorfman does his absolute worst, dishing out hundreds of clever insults for all situations and occasions. From careful instructions on how and when to throw a verbal punch to an expertly curated collection of the best insults in history, this uproarious little book has everything you need to become the ultimate slanderer. Every page is packed with delightfully mean one-liners for swiftly scorning your foes: “You’re not yourself today. I noticed the improvement immediately.” “You started at the bottom, and it’s been downhill ever since.” “His men would follow him anywhere but it was only out of morbid curiosity.” “Perhaps your whole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.” “You fill a much-needed gap.” Complete with charming black and white drawings that complement the book’s verbal spars, The Snark Handbook: Insult Edition proves that the pen truly is mightier than the sword, and will ensure you’re never again without the perfect quip or comeback.

Witty Words from Wise Women

Quips, Quotes, and Comebacks

Author: B.J. Gallagher

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

ISBN: 1449441742

Category: Self-Help

Page: 128

View: 1973

Where do women find inspiration? Often in the words of those who've been there. From creativity to careers, relationships to success, Witty Words from Wise Women provides a collection of quotes, one-liners, and colorful anecdotes that showcase the best and brightest female minds. Witty Words isn't just about inspiration, however. This book has attitude with a capital "A." "I base most of my fashion taste on what doesn't itch." -Gilda Radner "I love the male body, it's better designed than the male mind." -Andrea Newman "If you do things well, do them better. Be daring, be first, be different, be just." -Anita Roddick The gutsy, no-holds-barred tone creates a keepsake that's certain to make readers laugh, cry, and identify.


Our Love Affair with Euphemisms

Author: Ralph Keyes

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 0316121959

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

View: 831

How did die become kick the bucket, underwear become unmentionables, and having an affair become hiking the Appalachian trail? Originally used to avoid blasphemy, honor taboos, and make nice, euphemisms have become embedded in the fabric of our language. EUPHEMANIA traces the origins of euphemisms from a tool of the church to a form of gentility to today's instrument of commercial, political, and postmodern doublespeak. As much social commentary as a book for word lovers, EUPHEMANIA is a lively and thought-provoking look at the power of words and our power over them.

I Never Metaphor I Didn't Like

A Comprehensive Compilation of History’s Greatest Analogies, Metaphors, and Similes

Author: Dr. Mardy Grothe

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780061982934

Category: Reference

Page: 336

View: 1945

The murals in restaurants are on a par with the food in museums. America is an enormous frosted cupcake in the middle of millions of starving people. Critics are like pigs at the pastry cart. Describing something by relating it to another thing is the essence of metaphorical thought. It is one of the oldest activities of humankind—and one of the most impressive when done skillfully. Throughout history, many masters of metaphor have crafted observations that are so spectacular they have taken up a permanent residence in our minds. In I Never Metaphor I Didn't Like, quotation maven Dr. Mardy Grothe fixes his attention on the three superstars of figurative language—analogies, metaphors, and similes. The result is an extraordinary compilation of nearly 2,000 feats of association that will entertain, educate, and occasionally inspire quotation lovers everywhere. In this intellectual smorgasbord, the author of Oxymoronica and Viva la Repartee explains figurative language in a refreshingly down-to-earth way before taking readers on a tour of history's greatest word pictures. In chapters on wit, love, sex, stage and screen, insults, politics, sports, and more, you will find quotations from Aristotle and Maya Angelou to George Washington and Oprah Winfrey.

The Wit and Wisdom of Jane Austen (Text Only)

Author: Michael Kerrigan

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007476841

Category: Humor

Page: 128

View: 4912

A charming ebook full of Jane Austen’s wittiest and wisest thoughts and aphorisms.

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