Oxymoronica

Paradoxical Wit and Wisdom from History's Greatest Wordsmiths

Author: Dr. Mardy Grothe

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061978337

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 272

View: 8946

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.
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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

View: 4403

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!
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An Index to African-American Spirituals for the Solo Voice

Author: Kathleen A. Abromeit

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313305771

Category: Music

Page: 199

View: 7222

An index to the printed music of African-American spirituals scored for solo voice.
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Euphemania

Our Love Affair with Euphemisms

Author: Ralph Keyes

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 0316121959

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

View: 2955

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.
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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: 5590

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.
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Ifferisms

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

Author: Dr. Mardy Grothe

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780061959585

Category: Reference

Page: 336

View: 2917

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.
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Nobody Told Me

From Basement Band to Jack and the John Lennon Sessions

Author: Ken Geringer

Publisher: Hipway PressInc

ISBN: 9780970712608

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 260

View: 9179

The former music company executive documents his life and career, from his misspent youth in Rockland County, New York, during the 1970s to his rise as a successful businessman, and collaboration with record producer Jack Douglas.
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Neverisms

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

View: 6424

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.
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Music Radio

The Great Performers and Programs of the 1920s Through Early 1960s

Author: Jim Cox

Publisher: McFarland Publishing

ISBN: 9780786420476

Category: Music

Page: 369

View: 4694

"This work encompasses the range of musical programming from the early 1920s to the early 1960s. Jazz, country, classical, gospel, pop, big band, western, and semi-classical forms are covered, as are the vocalists, instrumentalists and disc jockeys who made them available to listeners"--Provided by publisher.
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Advice to Writers

A Compendium of Quotes, Anecdotes, and Writerly Wisdom from a Dazzling Array of Literary Lights

Author: Jon Winokur

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307554155

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 240

View: 2863

In Advice to Writers, Jon Winokur, author of the bestselling The Portable Curmudgeon, gathers the counsel of more than four hundred celebrated authors in a treasury on the world of writing. Here are literary lions on everything from the passive voice to promotion and publicity: James Baldwin on the practiced illusion of effortless prose, Isaac Asimov on the despotic tendencies of editors, John Cheever on the perils of drink, Ivan Turgenev on matrimony and the Muse. Here, too, are the secrets behind the sleight-of-hand practiced by artists from Aristotle to Rita Mae Brown. Sagacious, inspiring, and entertaining, Advice to Writers is an essential volume for the writer in every reader. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Never Let a Fool Kiss You Or a Kiss Fool You

Author: Mardy Grothe

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780142000571

Category: Reference

Page: 126

View: 8192

An entertaining selection of quotations that demonstrate the classic linguistic trick of chiasmus presents a rich variety of wit and wisdom from Winston Churchill, Oscar Wilde, Ben Franklin, William Shakepeare, George Bernard Shaw, and Samuel Johnson, among others. Reprint.
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Ultimate Guide to Tae Kwon Do

Author: John Little

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

ISBN: 9780809228317

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 208

View: 998

Characterized by high-flying kicks and punches that easily shatter thick boards, Tae Kwon Do is one of the world's most popular martial arts and exhibition sports. This Korean system of self-defense offers its students improved cardiovascular fitness, strength, flexibility, balance, self-confidence, and peace of mind. Inside Kung-Fu's Ultimate Guide to Tae Kwon Do offers all Tae Kwon Do students--from white belts to black belts--a wealth of insightful, reliable, hard-to-find information from world-renowned experts in every aspect of the art. Inside, you'll find chapters that inform and inspire, addressing such topics as: The history and traditions of Tae Kwon Do Mastering the ten basic movements that are the foundation for all advanced techniques One-step sparring, stretching, competing, and performing great demonstrations Finding and evaluating schools, classes, and instructors Streetwise self-defense applications of Tae Kwon Do techniques In the Ultimate Guide to Tae Kwon Do, you will find everything you need to know to get started and advance through the ranks of this immensely challenging, rigorous, and rewarding martial art. John R. Little is the author of The Warrior Within, Bruce Lee: Words from a Master, and other books on Bruce Lee. He is also the author of numerous published articles on martial arts philosophy and practice. Curtis F. Wong is the publisher of Inside Kung-Fu and other highly respected martial-arts magazines.
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The Yale Book of Quotations

Author: Fred R. Shapiro

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300107982

Category: Reference

Page: 1067

View: 9889

More than twelve thousand famous quotations are featured in a reference volume that includes items not only from literary and historical sources, but also from popular culture, sports, computers, science, politics, law, and the social sciences.
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The Book of Celtic Wisdom

Author: Michael Scott

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

ISBN: 0446562998

Category: Philosophy

Page: 112

View: 3875

The Book of Celtic Wisdom is a collection of the poems, proverbs, and aphorisms of the Celtic people that have been passed down from generation to generation for thousands of years. These are the proverbs and blessings that bring the wisdom of the ancient Celts to life. Their thoughts on charity ("Stretch out your hand in giving, and you will never stretch it out in need"), aging ("The older the fiddle, the sweeter the tune"), and work ("The lazy young man and the poor old man; two sides of the same coin") are as relevant today as they were thousands of years ago. A thoughtful and reflective compilation, this book is bound to inspire, enlighten, and entertain readers every-where.
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Great Quotes from Great Leaders

Author: N.A

Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.

ISBN: 160810009X

Category: Self-Help

Page: 159

View: 7538

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.
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Crazy English

Author: Richard Lederer

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 143913894X

Category: Education

Page: 224

View: 2625

In what other language, asks Lederer, do people drive on a parkway and park in a driveway, and your nose can run and your feet can smell? In CRAZY ENGLISH, Lederer frolics through the logic-boggling byways of our language, discovering the names for phobias you didn't know you could have, the longest words in our dictionaries, and the shortest sentence containing every letter in the alphabet. You'll take a bird's-eye view of our beastly language, feast on a banquet of mushrooming food metaphors, and meet the self-reflecting Doctor Rotcod, destined to speak only in palindromes.
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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: 788

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.
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Crimes of the Future

Theory and Its Global Reproduction

Author: Jean-Michel Rabate

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1441146342

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 280

View: 7126

"Crimes of the Future sees one of the world's leading literary theorists exploring the past, present and potential future of Theory"--
Posted in Literary Criticism

Kafka and the Universal

Author: Arthur Cools,Vivian Liska

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 311045811X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 333

View: 7262

Kafka’s work has been attributed a universal significance and is often regarded as the ultimate witness of the human condition in the twentieth century. Yet his work is also considered paradigmatic for the expression of the singular that cannot be subsumed under any generalization. This paradox engenders questions not only concerning the meaning of the universal as it manifests itself in (and is transformed by) Kafka’s writings but also about the expression of the singular in literary fiction as it challenges the opposition between the universal and the singular. The contributions in this volume approach these questions from a variety of perspectives. They are structured according to the following issues: ambiguity as a tool of deconstructing the pre-established philosophical meanings of the universal; the concept of the law as a major symbol for the universal meaning of Kafka’s writings; the presence of animals in Kafka’s texts; the modernist mode of writing as challenge of philosophical concepts of the universal; and the meaning and relevance of the universal in contemporary Kafka reception. This volume examines central aspects of the interplay between philosophy and literature.
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Little Oxford Dictionary of Quotations

Author: Susan Ratcliffe

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199654506

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 496

View: 1930

Covering more than three hundred topics, including "Children" and "Last Words," and more than five thousand entries, this amusing reference tool provides witticisms for all occasions for writers, students, and business people alike.
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