Literally Billions of Quips,” in the World’s First Quip Thesaurus title has to be the most preposterous claim in history, excepting, of course, claims that Obamacare will reduce costs, etc. What’s shocking, is that the Quip Thesaurus explains how to create “literally billions of quips” in the first two dozen pages, coupled with another dozen pages in an appendix. Even with a “mere” two billion, that’s an average in excess of 55.5 million per page.
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Atwood distinguishes quips from jokes on the basis of their objectives. The difference between them, he maintains, is that the objective of jokes is to get laughs while the objective of quips is to express opinions. He advocates employing alliteration and rhyme in quips because, they are the “music of language” that increase the likelihood that opinions will make impressions, have staying power and be repeated.
Insofar as the sub-title “Resource for writers when good enough isn’t” is concerned, extensive lists of verbs, adverbs and adjectives sans, definitions listed alphabetically in Quip Thesaurus appendices for creating quips, are convenient resources for anyone looking for the most effective words to express themselves – or anxious to confirm those they have in mind are the most effective. All such words are in dictionaries, of course, but wading hundreds of thousands of definitions in tiny print to find them can be a tedious, tiresome and time-consuming task.