Word Hero

A Fiendishly Clever Guide to Crafting the Lines that Get Laughs, Go Viral, and Live Forever

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Author: Jay Heinrichs

Publisher: Three Rivers Press

ISBN: 0307716376

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 352

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Yes, it’s true: you can learn how to be a verbal wizard! Ever hear someone utter an unforgettable phrase and feel yourself reacting with with…well, awe? Ever read a great quote and think I could never come up with anything that clever? Daunting as it may seem, there’s nothing mystical about witcraft. Crafting memorable lines doesn’t require DNA-encoded brilliance. What it does require is some knowledge of the tricks and techniques that make words stick. In Word Hero, Jay Heinrichs rescues the how-to of verbal artistry from cobwebbed textbooks and makes it entirely fresh– even a little mischievous. Fear not: on offer here are not dry, abstract ideas couched in academic jargon. Rather, Heinrichs takes you on an amusing – and amazingly helpful – tour of the mechanisms that make powerful language work. You’ll learn how to slyly plant your words in people’s heads and draw indelible verbal pictures by employing such tools as “crashing symbols,” “rapid repeaters,” “Russian Dolls” and even the powers of Mr. Potato Head. With those tools and others tucked in your utility belt, you might not immediately achieve “wordsmith immortality” but you will become a better speaker, writer, and raconteur…and long after people have forgotten everything else, they’ll remember your priceless lines.

The Germanic Hero

Politics and Pragmatism in Early Medieval Poetry

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Author: Brian Murdoch

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1441174656

Category: History

Page: 188

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In this study, the author looks at the role the warrior-hero plays within a set of predetermined political and social constraints. The hero if not a sword-wielding barbarian, bent only upon establishing his own fame; such fame-seekers (including some famous medieval literary figures) might even fall outside the definition of the Germanic hero, the real value of whose deeds are given meaning only within the political construct. Individual prowess is not enough. The hero must conquer the blows of fate because he is committed to the conquest of chaos, and over all to the need for social stability. Even the warrior-hero's concern with his reputation is usually expressed negatively: that the wrong songs are not sung about him. The author discusses works in Old English, Old and Middle High German, Old Norse, Latin and Old French, deliberately going beyond what is normally thought of as "heroic poetry" to include the German so-called "minstrel epic" and a work by a writer who is normally classified as a late medieval chivalric poet, Konrad von Wurzburg, the comparison of which with "Beowulf" allows us to span half a millennium.

Sometimes a Hero (Sometimes Not)

Glimpses into my life as an EMT, Paramedic, Firefighter, and Cancer Survivor

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Author: John Jacobson

Publisher: Dorrance Publishing

ISBN: 1480944009

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 276

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Sometimes a Hero By: John Jacobson They come from around the world each year, over 1,800 firefighters, to race up 69 floors of the Columbia Center in Seattle. Carrying over fifty pounds of firefighting gear and breathing only the air they carry on their backs. Some race for the fastest time, others for the challenge. All do it to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I did it hoping for a cure.

The GERMAN HERO: POLITICS & PRAGMATISM

Politics and Pragmatism in Early Medieval Poetry

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Author: Brian Murdoch

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1852851430

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 188

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In The Germanic Hero Brian Murdoch looks at the role the warrior-hero plays within a set of predetermined political and social constraints. the hero is not a sword-wielding barbarian, bent only upon establishing his own fame; such fame-seekers (including some famous medieval literary figures) might even fall outside the definition of the Germanic hero, the real value of whose deeds are given meaning only within the political construct. Individual prowess is not enough. The hero must conquer the blows of fate because he is committed to the conquest of chaos, and over all to the need for social stability. Brian Murdoch discusses works in Old English, Old and Middle High German, Old Norse, Latin and Old French, deliberately going beyond what is normally thought of as 'heroic poetry' to include the German so-called 'minstrel epic', and a work by a writer who is normally classified as a late medieval chivalric poet, Konrad von Wurzburg, the comparison of which with Beowulf allows us to span half a millennium.

The Epic Hero

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Author: Dean A. Miller

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 080187792X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 520

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The Epic Hero provides a comprehensive and provocative guide to epic heroes, and to the richly imaginative tales they inhabit.

MediaSport

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Author: Lawrence Wenner

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134826036

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 352

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MediaSport is a comprehensive introduction to the ways in which sport and the media interact. It is written by leading experts from around the world in the field of sports studies, sports journalism and leisure studies. Among the subjects covered are: * sports ethics * sport and race * sport and gender * sport and violence on television * the globalization of sports * marketing sports on the Internet.

The Great Blame Game Escape

Breaking Free from Victimhood and Claiming Your Independence with Personal Responsibility

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Author: Joseph E. Mcguire

Publisher: Joseph E McGuire

ISBN: 1461184940

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 60

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The biggest problem with productivity in any organization or your own personal life is self-victimization. Have we lost all sense of personal responsibility in our society? Do you or others in your organization play "the blame game" like so many others? The Great Blame Game Escape examines how crazy we have become with shirking responsibility and acting like victims. Reclaim your life and independence through the empowerment of personal responsibility and laugh along the way. It's a fun and inspiring look at how we can all change for the better.

New Heroes in Antiquity

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Author: Christopher P. Jones

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674035867

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 123

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Heroes and heroines in antiquity inhabited a space somewhere between gods and humans. In this detailed, yet brilliantly wide-ranging analysis, Christopher Jones starts from literary heroes such as Achilles and moves to the historical record of those exceptional men and women who were worshiped after death. This book, wholly new and beautifully written, rescues the hero from literary metaphor and vividly restores heroism to the reality of ancient life.

The Sanskrit Hero

Karṇa in Epic Mahābhārata

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Author: Kevin McGrath

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004137297

Category: Religion

Page: 260

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At the hand of the hero Karna this book offers a model for 'heroic religion', having to a large extent shaped not only the Indic epics, but also cognate Indo-European epics, such as Homer's Iliad.