The Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations

The Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations

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Now in Oxford Paperbacks, Ned Sherrin's dictionary of quotations is a collection of the sharpest, the wittiest, the wryest and wickedest in quips, put-downs, and one-liners from both humourists (Oscar Wilde, Dorothy Parker, Groucho Marx), and the "nouveaux droles", including Stephen Fry, P.J. O'Rourke, Victoria Wood, Bill Bryson, Douglas Adams, Roseanne Barr, Ian Hislop, and Julie more

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  • Paperback | 568 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 32mm | 340.2g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0192800450
  • 9780192800459

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This new collection, chosen by Sherrin, is organized by themes from 'Actors and Acting' through to 'Youth', stopping at many places in between. All the greats are here (Shakespeare, Shaw, Dickens, Coward) plus some brand-new quotes to illustrate that the art of the excellent quip is far from declining. Includes quotes on humour itself, like this from the brilliant Alan Bennett: 'Mark my words, when a society has to resort to the lavatory for its humour, the writing is on the wall' and quotes: 'it seems pointless to be quoted if one isn't going to be quotable... it's better to be quotable than honest' (Tom Stoppard). A great anthology. (Kirkus UK)show more

About Ned Sherrin

About the Editor: Ned Sherrin is presenter of BBC Radio 4's Loose Ends, a weekly satirical round-up of international news. He was the producer and director of the ground-breaking television comedy show, That Was The Week That Was, and has written extensively for stage and more

Table of contents

Introduction; List of Themes; Dictionary of Humorous Quotations; Indexes (Author Index, Keyword Index).show more

Review quote

"One liners, insults, puns, and all manner of clever, witty, and hilariously funny quotes are included in this book. It's a great source for public speakers, writers, trivia buffs, browsers, and anyone who loves a laugh."--School Library Journalshow more

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