Picks and Pans Review: The Joy of Lex

UPDATED 11/10/1980 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 11/10/1980 at 01:00 AM EST

by Gyles Brandreth

"If you are a typical American, by the time you die you will have uttered a total of not less than 860,341,500 words." Most of them, however, will not be as funny as those collected in this odd compilation, subtitled "How to Have Fun with 860,-341,500 Words." In a chapter on the best graffiti, the author includes examples such as "Support wildlife—vote for an orgy!" and "Give your child mental blocks for Christmas." There are sections on the gags of Groucho Marx, tongue twisters, insomnia cures, mnemonics and amusing spelling mistakes. The book is not for lexicon lovers only. It is utter nonsense, and sometimes that's the best kind. (Morrow, $10.95)

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