Viva la Repartee: Clever Comebacks and Witty Retorts from History's Great Wits and Wordsmiths

Hardcover | November 1, 2005

byMardy Grothe

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For most of us, that perfect retort or witty reply often escapes us when we need it most, only to come to mind with perfect clarity when it's too late to be useful. The twentieth-century writer Heywood Broun described this all-too-common phenomenon when he wrote "Repartee is what we wish we'd said."

In Viva la Repartee, Dr. Mardy Grothe, author of Oxymoronica, has lovingly assembled a collection of masterfully composed -- and perfectly timed -- replies that have turned the tables on opponents and adversaries. This delightful volume is a celebration of the most impressive retorts, ripostes, rejoinders, comebacks, quips, ad-libs, bon mots, off-the-cuff comments, wisecracks, and other clever remarks ever to come out of the mouths -- and from the pens -- of people throughout history. Touching on all areas of human endeavor, including politics, the arts, literature, sports, relationships, and even the risqué, the book features contributions from Oscar Wilde, Mark Twain, Dorothy Parker, Mae West, Groucho Marx, Winston Churchill, Dolly Parton, and scores more.

As entertaining as it is intellectually enriching, Viva la Repartee is sure to capture the attention of language lovers and is the perfect antidote for anyone who's ever thought I wish I'd said that!

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For most of us, that perfect retort or witty reply often escapes us when we need it most, only to come to mind with perfect clarity when it's too late to be useful. The twentieth-century writer Heywood Broun described this all-too-common phenomenon when he wrote "Repartee is what we wish we'd said."In Viva la Repartee, Dr. Mardy Grothe...

For most of us, that perfect retort or witty reply often escapes us when we need it most, only to come to mind with perfect clarity when it's too late to be useful. The twentieth-century writer Heywood Broun described this all-too-common phenomenon when he wrote "Repartee is what we wish we'd said."In Viva la Repartee, Dr. Mardy Grothe...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 7.12 × 5.5 × 1.01 inPublished:November 1, 2005Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from excellent repartee I bought this as a Christmas present, and it's a fun read. It is not as good as "I never metaphor I didn't like", but I enjoyed it anyway. One cannot browse through it and read the boldface quips and comebacks without reading the text to go with it, so you have to delve into the full reading for the meaning of the repartee. There are chapters on politics,stage and screen and sports. And then there are others on written, inadvertent, and oxymoronic repartee, so it's a wide assortment that suits all tastes. Lots of laughs, giggles, and chortles!
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“Ever wish you could wow people with your wit? Viva la Repartee, by Mardy Grothe, tells you how. ”