Denise Graham was born and raised in Long Beach, California. She has always had an affinity for writing. Since elementary school, Denise has dabbled in poetry and short stories. Her biggest ambition was to write a novel one day and her dream finally came true with this book. She currently resides in Fort Wayne, Indiana with her husband Bob and her two cats, Tasha and Ollie.
We use them every day, some of us more than others. They make our conversations colourful and interesting, loud and bright, rich and rare… and sometimes seemingly foreign or incomprehensible to visitors to our shores.They derive from a variety of cultural, historical and ethnic sources, and have adapted and evolved over time into a collection of truly original 'Australian-isms'.<br /> <br />They underline and emphasise the linguistic imprint of who we are as Australians. Some call them 'Strine'. Others, simply slang or idiom. We like to think of them as Australian 'Slang-uage' – Sayings, Slang and Idiom, the Aussie way. Here are some Aussie sayings to ponder:<br /> <br />'Hello, here's trouble', 'How are you me old china?', 'Howzit garn?' 'Saw your light on, thought I'd drop in', 'We have to stop meeting like this'.
The ever popular and thoroughly entertaining <b><i>Aussie Slang Dictionary</i></b> is back to help you decipher and speak the true local language. Full of dazzling definitions from true-blue Aussies, you'll never be lost for words with this collection of colourful sayings. From 'aerial ping-pong' (AFL) to 'on the wrong tram' (to be following the wrong train of thought) and finishing up with some 'verbal diarrhoea' (never-ending blather), your mind will be brimming with useful (and not so useful!) sayings for your next run-in with a true Aussie character.
Renowned as a novelist, journalist, and humorist, Mark Twain is not only one of the most widely read and admired American writers, he is also among the most quoted. Wit and repartee permeate his work — from the short, light pieces to his great novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and even later, in dark meditations on the human condition where his humor takes on a cynical, satirical twist. This remarkably inexpensive volume gathers together hundreds of Twain's most memorable quips and comments on life, love, history, culture, travel, and a diversity of other topics that occupied his thoughts over 50 years of writing and lecturing.An invaluable, ready reference for writers, speakers, and others in search of amusing and insightful quotes, this entertaining and thought-provoking compilation is also an ideal introduction to Twain's inimitable style and thought.
In this great philosophical essay, Henri Bergson explores why people laugh and what laughter means. Written at the turn of the twentieth century, Laughter explores what it is in language that makes a joke funny and what it is in us that makes us laugh.One of the functions of humor, according to Bergson, is to help us retain our humanity during an age of mechanization. Like other philosophers, novelists, poets, and humorists of his era, Bergson was concerned with the duality of man and machine. His belief in life as a vital impulse, indefinable by reason alone, informs his perception of comedy as the relief we experience upon distancing ourselves from the mechanistic and materialistic. «A situation is always comic,» Bergson notes, «if it participates simultaneously in two series of events which are absolutely independent of each other, and if it can be interpreted in two quite different meanings.» The philosopher's thought-provoking insights (e.g., «It seems that laughter needs an echo. Our laughter is always the laughter of a group.») keep this work ever-relevant as a thesis on the principles of humor.
"It's no disgrace to be poor," observed Sholom Aleichem, «but it's no great honor, either.» «Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city,» remarked George Burns, while Marc Chagall noted that «Art is the unceasing effort to compete with the beauty of flowers and never succeeding.» These and many more classic examples of Jewish wit and wisdom — sometimes hilarious, frequently profound, almost always incisive — enliven the pages of this entertaining and practical little volume.Some 500 aphorisms include observations and remarks from statesmen, writers, artist, philosophers, jurists, musicians, and celebrities — from the prophets of the Old Testament, the Talmud, and Maimonides to Joey Adams, Barbra Streisand, and Woody Allen. Here also are memorable quotes from Louis Brandeis, Martin Buber, Fanny Brice, Heinrich Heine, Sam Goldwyn, Golda Meir, Karl Marx, Groucho Marx, Herman Mankiewicz, Albert Einstein, and many others.Arranged alphabetically by author, these thought-provoking pronouncements will not only serve as a handy resource for speech writers and public speakers but will also amuse and inspire all readers.
"The editors have performed a task for addicts will be grateful. There is nothing for the faithful to do but to sit down and fall to the banquet." — The New York TimesThis is the largest collection of Lewis Carroll's verse ever compiled. It contains almost every poem that Carroll ever wrote. It includes every prose appearing in his books published during his life, privately printed poems, ephemera, poems from manuscripts found among his papers, and from «The Rectory Magazine,» Collingwood's «Lewis Carroll Picture Book,» «Life and Letters of Lewis Carroll,» and rare 19th century periodicals. This is the only place of publication for much of this verse.This volume contains 150 different poems, offering perhaps the finest whimsy ever written. There are parodies, burlesques, riddles, whimsies, ballads, songs (one with Carroll's own music), extravaganzas, acrostics, and other types, including several of his serious poems. Many poems are annotated to explain contemporary allusions, and this edition retains 130 original illustrations by Tenniel, Frost, Holiday, Furniss, and Carroll himself.
Linda Bowles employs caustic satire skillfully to advocate a return to the principles of common sense and human decency. The fable takes place in 2046 when political correctness has developed a chokehold on all American institutions. The Constitution-determined to be hopelessly outdated–has been banished to a museum. Fulfilling quotas of racial, gender, sexual-preference, and assorted other categories is the primordial function of every aspect of public policy. Religion is virtually outlawed. The Democrat and Republican parties have converged into one self-perpetuating organization–the Demopubs, and all that made America great is abased, ridiculed, or obliterated. So removed from rectitude has the nation become that God appears to the President with a warning to get back on the right track.<br><br>Those who seek out symbolism will find many characters named after Biblical players. The President's name is Moses Jones, the first lady is Sheba, and the vice-president who faces a few figurative giants is given the first name of David. No allegorical appellation is as humorously utilized as Judith Ischcarot who serves as a de facto atheism czar in the cabinet.<br><br>Much of this short work is risibly sapient, but late in chapter eight, it takes a major detour into stirring eloquence. When President Moses Jones addresses his cabinet and admits that he experienced a Theophany, his remarks are profound. Were this peroration a genuine speech delivered by a real president, it would take its place not too far beneath George Washington's farewell or the Gettysburg Address. The penetrating sinew is constant throughout the nearly two page soliloquy and is represented by lines like "we decided sin and guilt are burdens we don't have to carry. In effect, the rules governing our behavior can be whatever we want them to be…In an environment permissive of uninhibited expression, we did not find the inherent wisdom within our souls; we found the inherent barbarism."<br><br>Although the parable takes place 40+ years in the future, most of it is applicable today. When President Jones declaims, " we used to fight our demons…now we embrace them, " his words ring as true in 2001 as the do in the era of Demopubs. Perhaps "The Remnant" can serve as a much needed wake-up call. It is far less drastic that a visit from above conveying divine displeasure.
We women like to talk.<br><br>We talk to the tune of around 20,000 words per day, if current science is to be believed. We talk to commune with our girlfriends, sisters and mothers, we talk to issue directives to our kids and families, we talk to share our feelings (ad nauseum, if you ask our husbands and partners), we talk at work, we talk at play, sometimes we even talk in our sleep.<br><br>Words are kind of our thing. We should be word experts. So why is it that certain words send us over the edge?<br><br>The words that take others to their happy place often make us miserable. Words like "vacation," "dinner," and "holidays" can leave us breathing into a paper bag with our head between our knees. But it doesn't have to be that way. Join Mary Fran Bontempo and redefine the "dirty words" that make women cringe. You'll laugh, learn, make some changes and trim your "dirty words" list down to size!
How to Write a Winning Humorous Speech, offers you an easy and fun way to write a funny and potential winning speech even though you have never written one before. In fact, it is the perfect guide for all new and seasoned toastmasters. It is written in a fun and enjoyable manner with lots of exercises to unleash the creative juice inside you and get the words and sentences out of your head and onto paper. <br><br>With this book, you will never complain that you have no ideas for a humorous speech topics and you canât write a funny line. This book is a no nonsense guide that gives you the results you always wanted! Stop giving yourself the excuses and start writing your winning humorous speech now! Written by an experienced toastmaster and a humorous speech contest winner, this essential guide will teach you how to be funny even if you think you are not!STOP Worrying! This book will unclog your brain and unleash the funny juice inside and let your funny ideas and words flow like water!How to Write a Winning Humorous Speech is packed with everything you need to write a humorous speech to make your audience laugh. It covers:<br><br>How to find ideas for your speech topics<br>How to make anything funny using 12 humor techniques<br>How to self-edit your speech and give it the punch<br>How to rehearse, deliver, and win<br>Humorous speech checklist<br>Speech videos, sample speeches, and speech analysis<br><br>In fact, I should not call this a book. Indeed, this is a humorous speech workshop, If you watch all the videos recommended inside, it will take you 90 minutes or more. Best of all, you can even retake this course as many times as you want. You really canât find this anywhere. Start learning now!