Fry's English Delight : Fry's English Delight

  • by Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by Stephen Fry
  • Series: Fry's English Delight
  • 1 hrs and 43 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

Stephen Fry hosts four programmes on the joys of the English language - as heard on BBC Radio 4. Current Puns
Why does our language groan with the weight of puns? What exactly is a pun? And who, or what, is the Thief of Bad Gags?Metaphor
The English language is chock-full of maritime metaphors: cock up, taken aback, chip on your shoulder, and show a leg. And, with the help of a Greek removals firm, we also find the origin of the word 'metaphor'. Quotation
The uses and misuses of quotations are revealed, and there is also a frank confession from a quotation compiler, which we cannot divulge here.Cliché
Featuring sick parrots and the cliché crisis that affected the writing of Flaubert, Joyce, and Eliot, and helped shape modern language and culture.

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Stephen Fry never lets you down

Yet another piece of genius from Mr Fry. This was educational, funny, entertaining. Finding out the origins of everyday phrases and sayings was an eye-opener in many cases. Fans of Stephen Fry and of the English language will enjoy this.
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- Anne

The Title Rings True- Fry hits the Right Notes

I seem to be going through a 'Fry phase' at the moment, as I've just finished the entire series of 'Stephen Fry in America', watched many episodes of 'Jeeves And Wooster' & have listened to his excellent 'Stephen Fry Presents - Short Stories by Anton Chekhov'. I've even watched his videos debating alongside Christopher Hitchens & have yet to find him annoying, snobbish or arrogant, but rather the model of a renaissance man.

Overall I found this lived up to expectations & moves me one stage closer to wanting to explore his books again (which initially put me off his work). As yet, I'm still to find anything from Fry's second-wind that hasn't appealed & educated in equal measure. Here's hoping the sequel is as good...

P.S. If you want to see reviews of the individual sections, please do a search for 'Fry's English Delight' & it should bring them up on page two. The sections are (in order):
1. 'Current Puns'
2. 'Metaphor'
3. 'Quotation'
4. 'Cliche'
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- Tim

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-07-2009
  • Publisher: Audible Studios