"She smokes like a fish"
Absolutely fantastic, well written and incredibly funny, Enjoyed that book very much! (Sylwia)
A very clever and funny book. Imaginative and in many ways innovative.Not just a list of funny sayings, etc. (L G Rayner)
Rex Last has shared a wealth of faux pas and verbal blunders he has collected over the years from newspapers and from overheard conversations.
Together with his witty style of writing he has created a hugely enjoyable read, and prompted many a 'laugh out loud'. I eagerly await more from him.
Extract from the Introduction
Little gems like that tend to cause a fleeting smile then vanish without trace, but I decided to try and preserve some of them for posterity without any clear idea of what I might do with them.
To this end, I began collecting press cuttings and other material which disappeared into a cardboard box many years ago and which I have only recently unearthed. Fast forward to the new technological era of the eBook, and that offered me the opportunity to bring these fading yellowing flowers out into the harsh light of day.
Extract from the "Typos" chapter
Princess Beatrix PregnantOr perhaps that should be Royal Co-respondent? - and when President Reagan was shot, a foreign English language newspaper reported that he was 'under the surgeon's wife'. Which reminds me of the reporter who allegedly asked Abraham Lincoln's widow, 'Apart from that, Mrs Lincoln, what did you think of the play?' To end this brief chapter, the following bizarre item from the 1960s is entirely genuine and it was quoted in the original Spanish. I believe it appeared in the The Guardian. Here is an English translation:
To compensate for a deficit in its finances, the Society for the Protection of Animals of Barcelona has organised a bullfight.
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