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Petras, Kathryn

Overview
Works: 66 works in 138 publications in 1 language and 7,269 library holdings
Genres: Handbooks and manuals  Directories  Humor  Quotations  Case studies  Popular works  Anecdotes  Bathetic poetry  History  Dictionaries 
Roles: Author, Editor, Compiler
Classifications: HF5382.7, 082
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Kathryn Petras
The only job hunting guide you'll ever need : the most comprehensive guide for job hunters and career switchers by Kathryn Petras( Book )

5 editions published between 1989 and 1995 in English and held by 769 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explains job hunting to fit your unique circumstances and personality
The only retirement guide you'll ever need by Kathryn Petras( Book )

3 editions published between 1991 and 1995 in English and held by 443 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The comprehensive guide to every aspect of retirement"--Cover subtitle
Inside track : how to get into and succeed in America's prestige companies by Ross Petras( Book )

3 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The premature menopause book : when the change of life comes too early by Kathryn Petras( Book )

3 editions published between 1999 and 2002 in English and held by 311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provides information on health and emotional issues for women in their twenties and thirties experiencing early menopause
Unusually stupid Americans : a compendium of all-American stupidity( Book )

3 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A hilarious collection of lists, statistics, news items, quotations, and facts detailing stupid acts of Americans from all walks of life---by the authors of the bestselling The 778 Stupidest Things Ever Said
Wretched writing : a compendium of crimes against the English language by Kathryn Petras( Book )

3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Wretched writing is the lowest of the low; it is a felonious assault on the English language. Exuberantly excessive, it is a sin committed often by amateurs and all-too-frequently by gifted writers having an off day. In short, it's very bad writing. Truly bad. Appallingly bad. It's also very funny. A celebration of the worst writing imaginable, Wretched Writing includes inadvertently filthy book titles, ridiculously overwrought passages from novels, bombastic and confusing speeches, moronic oxymorons, hyperactive hyperbole, horribly inappropriate imagery in ostensibly hot sex scenes, mangled cliche muddled metaphors, and unintended double entendres. Sit back and enjoy these deliciously dreadful samples, and try not to cringe too much"--
The 776 stupidest things ever said by Ross Petras( Book )

5 editions published between 1993 and 2001 in English and held by 252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A connoisseur's compendium of Freudian slips, spoonerisms, double-talk, and utter bosh from famous and infamous figures past and present -- a complete course in anti-eloquence by the foot-in-mouth champions of all time. From the Trade Paperback edition
The whole world book of quotations : wisdom from women and men around the globe throughout the centuries( Book )

3 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 246 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

World Access : the handbook for citizens of the earth by Kathryn Petras( Book )

5 editions published between 1984 and 1996 in English and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents information on the culture, history, and politics of the world outside the United States, with lists, charts, chronologies, and biographies discussing people and events from ancient times to the twentieth century
Jobs by Kathryn Petras( )

in English and held by 202 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The over-40 job guide by Kathryn Petras( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 197 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Very bad poetry( Book )

3 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Writing very bad poetry requires talent. It helps to have a wooden ear for words, a penchant for sinking into a mire of sentimentality, and an enviable confidence that allows one to write despite absolutely appalling incompetence. The 131 poems collected in this first-of-its-kind anthology are so glaringly awful that they embody a kind of genius. From Fred Emerson Brooks' "The Stuttering Lover" to Matthew Green's "The Spleen" to Georgia Bailey Parrington's misguided "An Elegy to a Dissected Puppy", they mangle meter, run rampant over rhyme, and bludgeon us into insensibility with their grandiosity, anticlimax, and malapropism. Guaranteed to move even the most stoic reader to tears (of laughter), Very Bad Poetry is sure to become a favorite of the poetically inclined (and disinclined). From the Trade Paperback edition
Here speeching American : a very strange guide to English as it is garbled around the world by Kathryn Petras( Book )

4 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

THE STRANGEST (AND FUNNIEST) TRAVEL GUIDE YOU'LL EVER READ The celebrated authors of the perennial bestseller The 776 Stupidest Things Ever Said set the typical travel guide squarely on its head'taking you from the airport to the hotel, from sightseeing to dining out'by using 100 percent real examples of fractured English as spoken and posted abroad: - Feel like shopping' We have no good things to sell. 'shop sign, Lovina Beach, Bali - Feeling sick' Are you haunted by the horribles' Do you run after your own nose' 'Japanese medical form - Wondering what to wear' A sports jacket may be worn to dinner, but no trousers. 'in a French hotel brochure - Wondering where to eat' Grill and Roast your clients! Open for lunch, dinner and Sunday Brunch. 'slogan of the Hibiscus restaurant in the Jakarta Hilton International But don't take our word for it, come see for yourself. And if that's too much to ask, remember the sage advice from the staff of a Taipei hotel: "If there is anything we can do to assist and help you, please do not contact us."
Age doesn't matter unless you're a cheese : wisdom from our elders by Kathryn Petras( Book )

2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

You're saying it wrong : a pronunciation guide to the 150 most commonly mispronounced words and their tangled histories of misuse by Ross Petras( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For word nerds and grammar geeks, an illustrated guide to the most commonly mispronounced words, along with their correct pronunciations and pithy forays into their fascinating etymologies and histories of use and misuse. With wit and good humor, this handy little book not only saves us from sticky linguistic situations but also provides fascinating cocktail-party-ready anecdotes. Entries reveal how to pronounce boatswain like an old salt on the deck of a ship, trompe l'oeil like a bona fide art expert, and haricot vert like a foodie, while arming us with the knowledge of why certain words are correctly pronounced the "slangy" way (they came about before dictionaries), what stalks of grain have to do with pronunciation, and more. With bonus sidebars like "How to Sound like a Seasoned Traveler" and "How to Sound Cultured," readers will be able to speak about foreign foods and places, fashion, philosophy, and literature with authority"--
Stupid movie lines : the 776 dumbest things ever uttered on the silver screen by Ross Petras( Book )

4 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The creme de la crud of screen history "War! War! That's all you think of, Dick Plantagenet! You burner! You pillager!"--Virginia Mayo as Lady Edith to George Sanders in King Richard and the Crusaders (1954) "Visits' That would indicate visitors."--Army captain learning of alien visits in Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959) "When I'm sitting here with you, I don't even think about the slime people."--Hero to heroine in The Slime People (1962) "Suck the coffin mushroom now." --The Ultimate Vampire (1991) "This is bad." --Leonardo DiCaprio as the you-know-what hits the you-know-what in Titanic (1997) From the Trade Paperback edition
The anthology of really important modern poetry : timeless poems by Snooki, John Boehner, Kanye West, and other well-versed celebrities by Kathryn Petras( Book )

5 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"With their great gift for curating the inane public utterances of celebrities, politicians, and other self-important loudmouths, Kathryn and Ross Petras offer a timeless collection of “found” poetry—real quotes formatted as verse for hilarious and surprising effect. The quotes are inherently addictive and funny—but turning them into verse intensifies the effect, making the words even more ridiculous, parodies to revel in. And the Petrases take it one step further: organizing the poems by themes, introducing each work with a Norton Anthology mock seriousness, discussing “schools,” and larding the text with footnotes, The Anthology of Really Important Modern Poetry is pure deadpan pleasure. A whiff of Emily Dickinson in Ann Coulter? It’s literary treasure, right under our noses."--Publisher description
The stupidest things ever said : book of all-time stupidest top 10 lists by Kathryn Petras( Book )

4 editions published between 1998 and 2011 in English and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Not just stupidity, but obsessive stupidity! Not just random stupidity, but organized stupidity! Here, from the celebrated collectors of the stupidest things ever said, its the cre'me de la cre'me of stupidities, made even funnier and more compelling in an irresistible top 10 list format
'Don't forget to sing in the lifeboats' : uncommon wisdom for uncommon times( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Uncommon times call for uncommon wisdom. It's inspiring to hear from people who've graduated from the school of hard knocks, yet kept a sense of humor. People like Twain, Voltaire, Oscar Wilde. People who've said the thing so well that we all wish we'd said it. People who've been there, done that, and refuse to sugarcoat what they've learned. People who know, as Sherry Hochman puts it, that Every day is a gift--even if it sucks. From Kathryn and Ross petras, curators of craziness (and surprising smarts), comes a timely collection of reassuring reality: Why is there so much month left at the end of the money?--John Barrymore October. This is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in stocks in. The others are July, January, September, April, November, May, March, June, December, August, and February. --Mark Twain I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish he didn't trust me so much.--Mother Teresa When one burns one's bridges, what a very nice fire it makes.--Dylan Thomas If you think you have it tough, read history books.--Bill Maher And Voltaire: Life is a shipwreck but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats
It always seems impossible until it's done : motivation for dreamers & doers by Kathryn Petras( Book )

4 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Here, from philosophers and rappers, social activists and jazz muscians, poets, scientists, athletes, and comedians are hundreds of pithy words, thoughts, and ideas to stoke our fires, dispel self-doubt, and inspire us with confidence."--
 
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The only job hunting guide you'll ever need : the most comprehensive guide for job hunters and career switchers
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The only retirement guide you'll ever needThe premature menopause book : when the change of life comes too earlyUnusually stupid Americans : a compendium of all-American stupidityThe 776 stupidest things ever saidThe whole world book of quotations : wisdom from women and men around the globe throughout the centuriesWorld Access : the handbook for citizens of the earthVery bad poetryHere speeching American : a very strange guide to English as it is garbled around the world