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Kathryn Petras

Teoksen Very Bad Poetry tekijä

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Tietoja tekijästä

Kathryn Petras was diagnosed with premature menopause at age 38. She wrote this groundbreaking book to help other sufferers.

Includes the name: Kathy Petras

Image credit: via Workman Publishing


Tekijän teokset

Very Bad Poetry (1997) — Toimittaja — 213 kappaletta
The 776 Stupidest Things Ever Said (1993) 207 kappaletta
The Lexicon of Stupidity (2005) 119 kappaletta
The 776 Nastiest Things Ever Said (1995) — Tekijä — 40 kappaletta
Stupid Sex (1998) 38 kappaletta
Mummies : gods & pharaohs (2000) 25 kappaletta
Stupid Celebrities (1998) 18 kappaletta
The Over-40 Job Guide (1993) 6 kappaletta
100 Stupidest Things Ever Done (1997) 6 kappaletta
Jobs '92 (Jobs) (1991) 2 kappaletta
Jobs '91 (1991) 1 kappale
Estúpidos made in U.S.A (2004) 1 kappale

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Muut nimet
Petras, Kathy
Granada, Spain
Petras, Ross (brother)



Better than average bathroom reading.
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harryo19 | 4 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 14, 2023 |
Not really deep, but it is entertaining, informative, and thought-provoking. The list of resources at the end is a wonderful addition for those looking to explore further.

Received via NetGalley.
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amanda4242 | 1 muu arvostelu | Oct 15, 2022 |
A History of the World Through Body Parts by Kathryn Petras and Ross Petras is a fun and informative romp through history, using famous body parts as a guide.

This is an almost ideal blend of entertaining and informative. Enough is given about each person/body part to understand the historical significance but is told in a conversational voice that keeps even the most history-averse reader engaged. If any of the stories make you want to know more there are references in the back for each chapter.

I think they had to make a choice (or a compromise) between being just an annotated list of items or go into the kind of detail that, while interesting, would have made the book unwieldy. They managed to find that happy middle ground where they offer enough information, both historical and scientific background, while still keeping each chapter brief and accessible to those more interested in the larger story than the smallest detail.

Highly recommended for readers who like the "history through stuff" types of books as well as those who simply like the parts of history that don't always make it into history books.

Reviewed from a copy made available by the publisher via NetGalley.
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pomo58 | 1 muu arvostelu | Aug 30, 2022 |
My 'discovery' of this book is a perfect example for the argument of using a continuity of style on book covers. A year or two ago, I bought and read You're Saying it Wrong, a book about commonly mispronounced words, and loved it (I've been saying Turmeric and Van Gogh wrong all. my. life.) I recognised the similar cover on this, the authors' newest, and immediately snatched it up.

I should really rate this 4.5 stars, because in retrospect, I can recall several typographical and at least 1 grammatical error in the text, which seems especially egregious in a book about grammar. But I suppose perfection is an unreasonable expectation even for a grammar book. Actually, I don't believe that, but I am too lazy to adjust my rating.

Other than that, it's an excellent reference for word pairs that are often confused with each other, including the obvious affect/effect as well as some I'd never thought about before but were obvious when I saw them, like trooper/trouper, flair/flare and flout/flaunt. Also included are words/terms that are just used wrong, like epicentre and ambivalent.

Scattered throughout the list are a few spreads that cover when to use who/whom, the correct usage of lay/lie (I found their explanation for this the most useful I've ever read), and a general guide for latin and greek plurality: when to use 'i', 'a', 'ae', and 's'. This one sort of cleared up a running debate MT and I have had concerning the plural of 'platypus' - while we both favoured 'platypi' on aesthetic grounds (it sounds better than 'platypuses', which is what the local sanctuary has settled on), it would seem logical to follow the same rule used for 'octopus', which is 'octopodes'. I find this a happy compromise (MT is stubbornly sticking to the incorrect but more melodious platypi).

Each entry includes an example of the incorrect usage, the etymological history of the word/words, and most of the time, examples of correct usage for each word as well as basic definitions of each (nb: the author's state upfront that this is based on the North American dialect of English). It's well written, not dry, and informative. It will be a handy reference in the future when I'm unsure which word to use.
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murderbydeath | 1 muu arvostelu | Jan 29, 2022 |


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