Fry's English Delight
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    Fry's English Delight: The Complete Series | Stephen Fry

    Fry's English Delight: The Complete Series

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 43 mins)
    • By Stephen Fry
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    Stephen Fry hosts four programmes on the joys of the English language - as heard on BBC Radio 4, including 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?

    Good, but could have been better

    I love Stephen Fry and I love etymology, so there was a good bit for me to love, here. The overall package was a little lacking, though. The basic fo..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 20 2010 by W. Doug Bolden (Huntsville, AL United States)
  • 2
    Fry's English Delight - The Complete Series 2 | Stephen Fry

    Fry's English Delight - The Complete Series 2

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen Fry
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    A second BBC Radio 4 series of Stephen Fry's witty and incisive programmes looking at the oddities of the English language. Includes four 30-minute Radio 4 programmes presented by Stephen Fry indulging his delight in the English language. So Wrong It's Right - Stephen Fry examines how 'wrong' English can become right English, such as more people use the word 'wireless' in a computer context than in a radio one. With help from a lexicographer, an educationalist a Times Sub Editor and a judge,

    An amusing way to spend a journey

    Funny, clever, curious

    Reviewed on January 02 2012 by sioux (durban, South Africa)
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    Fry's English Delight - Series 3 | Stephen Fry

    Fry's English Delight - Series 3

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 51 mins)
    • By Stephen Fry
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    Stephen Fry explores the highways and byways of the English language in these four programmes, as heard on BBC Radio 4. 'The Trial of Qwerty' The ‘Qwerty’ keyboard faces charges of conspiracy to obstruct the English language. But who was Mr Qwerty? 'He Said, She Said' Do men and women really say what they mean? Also Stephen investigates sex, domination, gender, power, and sex changes (as only he can).

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    Fry's English Delight: Series 4 | Stephen Fry

    Fry's English Delight: Series 4

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 51 mins)
    • By Stephen Fry
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    Stephen Fry explores the highways and byways of the English language in these four programmes, as heard on BBC Radio 4.

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  • 5
    Fry's English Delight: Series 5 | Stephen Fry

    Fry's English Delight: Series 5

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 50 mins)
    • By Stephen Fry
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    A fifth series from BBC Radio 4, in which Stephen Fry examines, with the help of experts, the highways and byways of the English language. In these four episodes he tells 'The Story of X': a letter holy and profane, sexy and chaste; discusses intonation, the "song" of English, and how cadence affects meaning; muses on the art and craft of conversation - and whether true conversation can happen on TV and radio - and ponders the meaning of meaning and the gap between brain and mouth that means language can never truly represent thought.

    Delightful

    Fry's English Delight is both informative and entertaining, and therefore supremely enjoyable.

    Reviewed on October 12 2014 by AK ()
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    Fry's English Delight - Series 6 | Stephen Fry

    Fry's English Delight - Series 6

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    • By Stephen Fry
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    Presented by Stephen Fry, as heard on BBC Radio 4. 1. Rhetoric: It was once a noble oratorical art. Now, rhetoric means the misleading language of politicians and dictators. Stephen tries to restore its original meaning, with the help of three very different speeches. 2. Spelling: English spelling is famously irregular. As Stephen puts it: 'I before e except after c. Weird!' The history of spelling is strewn with attempts to simplify it. How did it get so difficult?

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  • Fry's English Delight - Call Me for a Quotation | Stephen Fry

    Fry's English Delight - Call Me for a Quotation

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    • By Stephen Fry
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    Stephen Fry hosts this programme on the joys of the English language - as heard on BBC Radio 4. The uses and misuses of quotations are revealed, and there is also a frank confession from a quotation compiler, which we cannot divulge here.

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  • Fry's English Delight - Cliches | Stephen Fry

    Fry's English Delight - Cliches

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    Stephen Fry hosts this programme on the joys of the English language - as heard on BBC Radio 4. 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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  • Fry's English Delight: Word Games | Stephen Fry

    Fry's English Delight: Word Games

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    • By Stephen Fry
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    Is English an innately playful language? Are word games good for you? Do we divide into number and word players? And could Scrabble have been invented in any other language?

    boring

    I expected a much funnier tale. I am glad it was relatively cheap. Boring, boring, boring!

    Reviewed on October 23 2011 by Pam (MONTGOMERY, MINNESOTA, United States)
  • Fry's English Delight - Current Puns | Stephen Fry

    Fry's English Delight - Current Puns

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    • By Stephen Fry
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    Stephen Fry hosts this programme on the joys of the English language - as heard on BBC Radio 4. 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?

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  • Fry's English Delight - HMS Metaphor | Stephen Fry

    Fry's English Delight - HMS Metaphor

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    • By Stephen Fry
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    Stephen Fry hosts this programme on the joys of the English language - as heard on BBC Radio 4. 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'.

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  • 2.1
    Fry's English Delight: Series 2 - The Joy of Gibberish | Stephen Fry

    Fry's English Delight: Series 2 - The Joy of Gibberish

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    • By Stephen Fry
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    Stephen Fry investigates the phenomenon of gibberish - what it is, why we write and speak and sing it, and why we enjoy it so much. Words like 'awaopbopbaloobop awop bam bam' and Bill and Ben's contemporary sounding catchphrase 'blogalog'.

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  • 2.2
    Fry's English Delight: Series 2 - Speaking Proper | Stephen Fry

    Fry's English Delight: Series 2 - Speaking Proper

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    Speaking Proper. It may be that elocution classes for children are being replaced with "Presentation Skills" courses for adults, but we still see effective communication as the key to success. Stephen Fry announces a field day for pedants in his investigation into what nowadays counts as speaking proper. As heard on Radio 4 in August 2009.

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  • 2.3
    Fry's English Delight: Series 2 - So Wrong It's Right | Stephen Fry

    Fry's English Delight: Series 2 - So Wrong It's Right

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    • By Stephen Fry
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    This episode is part of a second BBC Radio 4 series of Stephen Fry's witty and incisive programmes looking at the oddities of the English language.

    So Wrong It’s Right. Stephen Fry demonstrates, with the help of a Judge, a lexicographer, a computational linguist, five buffalo, and a strawberry how wrong English can become right English, by dint of usage. As heard on Radio 4 in August 2009.

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  • 2.4
    Fry's English Delight: Series 2 - Hello | Stephen Fry

    Fry's English Delight: Series 2 - Hello

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    • By Stephen Fry
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    This episode is part of a second BBC Radio 4 series of Stephen Fry's witty and incisive programmes looking at the oddities of the English language.

    Hello! Stephen Fry says goodbye for the time being with a programme about Hello, and how it came to be one of the world’s favourite words. As heard on Radio 4 during in August 2009.

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  • 3.1
    Fry's English Delight - Series 3, Episode 1: The Trial of Qwerty | Stephen Fry

    Fry's English Delight - Series 3, Episode 1: The Trial of Qwerty

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    • By Stephen Fry
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    The ‘Qwerty’ keyboard faces charges of conspiracy to obstruct the English language. But who was Mr. Qwerty?

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  • 3.2
    Fry's English Delight - Series 3, Episode 2: He Said She Said | Stephen Fry

    Fry's English Delight - Series 3, Episode 2: He Said She Said

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    • By Stephen Fry
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    Do men and women really say what they mean? Also Stephen investigates sex, domination, gender, power, and sex changes (as only he can).

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  • 3.3
    Fry's English Delight - Series 3, Episode 3: Accentuate the Negative | Stephen Fry

    Fry's English Delight - Series 3, Episode 3: Accentuate the Negative

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    • By Stephen Fry
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    Contradiction is an addiction - from philosophical dialectic to the verification of scientific and mathematical hypotheses, and from religious controversy to traditional pantomime exchanges with the audience. Oh No It Isn't, you may think. Oh, yes, it very much is....

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  • 3.4
    Fry's English Delight - Series 3, Episode 4: Future Conditional | Stephen Fry

    Fry's English Delight - Series 3, Episode 4: Future Conditional

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    • By Stephen Fry
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    Stephen looks to the future of the English language with some predictions. Will robots be able to read novels? How much will our computers be able to understand us? Will English rule – or change? And then there’s a question about a duck….

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