Welcome to the website woven for wordaholics, logolepts, and verbivores. Carnivores eat meat; herbivores eat plants and vegetables; verbivores devour words. If you are heels over head (as well as head over heels) in love with words, tarry here a while to graze or, perhaps, feast on the English language. Ours is the only language in which you drive in a parkway and park in a driveway and your nose can run and your feet can smell.

 

Richard Lederer is to wordplay what John Philip Sousa is to marches.   Rod L. Evans, author of Tyrannosaurus Lex

 

Is there anyone alive who has more fun with words than Richard Lederer? In dozens of books, from Crazy English to The Word Circus, he has continually entertained and amazed us with his boundless knowledge of and enthusiasm for all things linguistic. Now, in Amazing Words, Lederer puts on yet another dazzling display, elucidating the wondrous stories and secrets that lie hidden in the language. There’s an ooh! and an ah! and a hearty ha-ha-ha! on every page.   Charles Harrington Elster, author of The Accidents of Style

 

Richard Lederer has outdone Richard Lederer. Amazing Words is clever, compelling, and totally captivating. This book is for anyone and everyone who loves the English language. It is one of a dozen books I would select to take along if I were exiled to a desert island.   Paul Dickson, author of Words

 

This is not simply a book about Amazing Words, it is also an amazing book about words—and one that could have only been written by the inimitable Richard Lederer. Enjoy, word lovers, enjoy!  Dr. Mardy Grothe, author of I Never Metaphor I Didn’t Like

 

Amazing Words is chock full of constant surprise. Each entry is a font of delight and knowledge. I had to keep reading because I unfailingly wanted to see how the next word would bedazzle, beguile, and bewitch me.  Caroline McCullagh, author of American Trivia

 

Words are wonderfully interesting, yes, but only Richard Lederer makes them amazing.  –Robert Hartwell Fiske, editor of The Vocabula Review and author of The Best Words

 

Richard Lederer is the true King of Language Comedy. His Anguished English books are the funniest books I have ever read!  Sidney Sheldon

 

If I had been given this book [Crazy English] to be read in high school or college while suffering through English classes, I would have grown up thinking of my own language as a magic moving sea of possibilities and not a corset for my mind. The final paragraph ought to be read in every English class in the land and the book ought to be set alongside The Elements of Style by Strunk and White as an equal classic.  Robert Fulghum

 

Richard Lederer’s delight in the English language is itself delightful — and contagious.  Edwin Newman

 

Richard Lederer’s new book [The Miracle of Language] will remind many readers of a good after-dinner speech. It combines one part meat and potatoes with four parts salad and dessert. It rests easily upon the reader’s eye. Lederer is a serious teacher of English who does not take himself too seriously.  James J. Kilpatrick

 

Richard Lederer has done it again — another delightful, witty, and hugely absorbing celebration of the English language. Is there no stopping the man?  Bill Bryson

 

Nowadays, plenty of writers tackle the subject of our national tongue, but Richard Lederer’s explorations are especially engaging.  Philadelphia Inquirer

 

America’s Wittiest Verbalist.  Book of the Month Club

 

The Wizard of Idiom. The first name in popular linguistics.
Denver Post

 

The Abbot of Absurdity  Boston Globe

 

Columnist Extraordinaire  The New Yorker

 

Someone should declare Richard Lederer a national treasure.  Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Lederer beguiles and bedazzles.  Lost Angeles Times

 

 America’s Top Pun.  Chicago Tribune