The Wicked Wit of England

The Wicked Wit of England

Author: Geoff Tibballs

Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books

ISBN: 9781789290318

Category: Humor

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The Wicked Wit of England is celebration of British humour, featuring a collection of stories, anecdotes, quips and quotes that capture the various idiosyncrasies of the English character. If there is one thing that first-time visitors to England find mystifying - along with our fondness for eating chips out of old newspapers, our nostalgia for the shipping forecast (even though most of us have never ventured out to sea in a trawler) and the fact that not all men wear bowler hats to work - it is our sense of humour. 'Ah, you English and your humour,' they will say, with an air of suspicion, unsure as to whether they have just been unexpectedly praised or routinely insulted. It is easy to sympathize with them, for English humour encompasses a number of different styles. It can be surreal or satirical, dark or sophisticated, bawdy or genteel. And nobody does irony or sarcasm like the English. If Olympic gold medals were awarded for sarcasm, we would top the leader board every time. The various idiosyncrasies of the English character - the social awkwardness, the constant need to apologize, the obsession with the weather, the stiff upper lip, and the love of queuing, to name but a few - are celebrated in The Wicked Wit of England, a collection of stories, anecdotes, quips and quotes featuring English people from all walks of life, from Quentin Crisp to Frank Skinner and Stephen Hawking to Thora Hird. This book might not help outsiders understand the English, but it might make them tolerate us a little more.
The Wicked Wit of England
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Geoff Tibballs
Categories: Humor
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-11-01 - Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books

The Wicked Wit of England is celebration of British humour, featuring a collection of stories, anecdotes, quips and quotes that capture the various idiosyncrasies of the English character. If there is one thing that first-time visitors to England find mystifying - along with our fondness for eating chips out of
The Wicked Wit of Queen Elizabeth II
Language: en
Pages: 160
Authors: Karen Dolby
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-11-14 - Publisher: Penguin

A charming collection of quotes and anecdotes celebrating England's Queen Elizabeth II, the incomparable British monarch. When we think of the queen, we probably picture a serious, dignified personage complete with majestic hat and matching handbag. But The Wicked Wit of Queen Elizabeth II reveals a side of the monarch
I Can Resist Everything Except Temptation
Language: en
Pages: 187
Authors: Maria Leach
Categories: Humor
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-04-04 - Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books

I Can Resist Everything Except Temptation is a celebration of the virtuoso of well-turned phrases and the master of the studied insult - Oscar Wilde. Indeed, so perfect were Wilde's verbal thrusts that his victims were often flattered to have been the cause of them. His needle-sharp rejoinders were repeated
The Wicked Wit of Ireland
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Myles Byrne
Categories: Humor
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-02-21 - Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books

'An Irishman will always soften bad news, so that a major coronary is no more than "a bad turn" and a near hurricane that leaves thousands homeless is "good drying weather".' Hugh Leonard The people of Ireland are renowned for their wit, and they have migrated from Ireland to most
The Wicked Wit of John F. Kennedy
Language: en
Pages: 161
Authors: John F. Kennedy, Dominique Enright
Categories: Humor
Type: BOOK - Published: 2003 - Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books

In spite of his tragic death in November 1963, John F. Kennedy remains one of the most popular American presidents. Aside from the great set-piece speeches that helped to define him as a world leader, he possessed a richly warm sense of humor and a ready wit honed both at