Henry Beard attended Harvard University and was a member of the Harvard Lampoon. He went on to found the National Lampoon with Douglas Kenney and served as its editor during the magazine's heyday in the 1970s. He has written numerous bestselling humor books. Christopher Cerf is an American author, composer-lyricist, voice actor, and record and television producer. He was a founding contributor to National Lampoon and is known for his musical contributions to Sesame Street, for co-creating and co-producing the award-winning PBS literacy education television program Between the Lions, and for his humorous articles and books.
"A definitive (and often hilarious) guide to affect-transformative truth-obfuscatory locutions (that is, euphemisms and other deceptive language)." --Steven Pinker, author of The Language Instinct and The Sense of Style "I never thought I'd say that a dictionary is a must-read, but Spinglish is a must-read. There, I've said it. It's also, brilliant, funny, sophisticated and subtle (although it made me laugh out loud)." --Victor S. Navasky "This statement is one hundred percent free of spin: Spinglish proves, once again, that Henry Beard and Christopher Cerf are two of the funniest people in the world." -Andy Borowitz "[Spinglish] is one of those perfect bathroom books....all our worst neologisms from the worlds of politics, advertising, the military and whatever other industries have need for terminological subterfuge...lovingly footnoted so that curious readers can flips to the back of the book for sourcing." --Michael Ian Black, The New York Times Book Review "A serious, comprehensive, and informative lexicon of terms and phrases that "spin doctors" have used to gloss over real meaning...enlightening and often just plain funny." --Library Journal