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Title:
The word play almanac
ISBN:
9780806989419
Edition:
Rev. ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Sterling Pub. Co., c2002.
Physical Description:
128 p. ; 21 cm.
General Note:
Rev. of: Words at play. 1997.

Includes index.
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Summary

Dip into the most intriguing collection of word wit, wisdom, and amusement ever--served up by a former puzzle columnist for the Mensa International Journal. Language lovers will find plenty of entertainment in these riddles and rhymes, unusual names and titles, oxymorons, anagrams, palindromes, and other sly linguistic games. See what happens when good words "go awry" and turn into puns and malaproprisms--like "pair off in groups of threes" (from former Florida State football coach Bill Peterson) and film mogul Samuel Goldwyn's "When I want your opinion, I'll give it to you." Try to figure out which of the contradictory proverbs to believe: Should you "look before you leap" or "go full speed ahead" because "he who hesitates is lost"? Compare Brit- and Amerispeak, try out some words we should coin, and do a "spellcheck." Laugh at some delicious trivia, too, like a man called Luther Knox who ran for office in Louisiana after legally changing his name to "None of the Above"!


Table of Contents

1. Riddles & Rhymesp. 9
The Best of Rhymes, The Worst of Rhymesp. 9
Riddles, Relatives & Dubious Praisesp. 10
2. When Words Go Awayp. 12
The Best of the Worst, Fictive Musesp. 12
Puns & Malapropismsp. 12
Mondegreensp. 15
Silver Spoonerismsp. 16
Poor Translationsp. 18
British Broadcast Blundersp. 19
3. Unusual Names & Titlesp. 20
Peoplep. 20
Business as Usualp. 22
Place Namesp. 22
What's in a Name?p. 23
Books & Authorsp. 24
Country Song Titlesp. 24
Ludicrous Acronymsp. 25
4. Oxymoronsp. 28
Classic Oxymoronsp. 28
Stage & Screenp. 30
Politics & Diplomacyp. 31
Literary Oxymoronsp. 32
Oxymorons in Title & Songp. 33
5. Proverbs & Advicep. 35
Contradictory Proverbsp. 35
Revised Proverbsp. 35
Original Aphorismsp. 37
6. Words to Fearp. 38
Other Phobiasp. 38
Would-Be Phobia Wordsp. 39
7. Britspeak, Amerispeak & What?p. 40
Commonly Mispronounced Wordsp. 40
Misnomersp. 41
Words We Should Coinp. 41
Accidental Injuryp. 41
As I Was Saying ...p. 42
Kidspeakp. 42
8. Where's Your Grammar?p. 43
Five Tips to Better Grammarp. 43
Joan Rivers, on Grammarp. 43
Junior Prepositionp. 43
Write Advicep. 43
Ride & Walkp. 44
Misdemeanorsp. 44
9. Spellcheckp. 45
Vowel Searchp. 45
Chemical Symbols & Elementsp. 45
Words in Numbersp. 46
Numbers in Wordsp. 46
Words in Numbers & Lettersp. 46
Words & Letters in Wordsp. 46
Sound Spellingp. 47
10. Contradictory Termsp. 48
Pro & Conp. 48
Contranymsp. 48
Pseudo-Antonymsp. 48
Quasi-Antonymsp. 49
Pseudo-Synonymsp. 49
Seeing Doublep. 49
11. A Miscellanyp. 50
Reverse Parallelismsp. 50
Word Laddersp. 50
In Shortp. 51
Illogical Englishp. 51
Twisted Sentencesp. 51
Idiotmaticp. 52
12. Anagrams in the Major Leaguesp. 53
By Definitionp. 53
Finding the Bestp. 53
Fifty Choice Anagramsp. 57
Honorable-Mention Anagramsp. 58
Anagram Varietiesp. 60
13. Sense & Nonsense Anagramsp. 67
Anagram Musingsp. 67
Chronological Liarp. 67
"Related"p. 67
Cheaters' Anagramsp. 67
Anagrammatic Cross-Referencesp. 68
Hurry to the Rearp. 68
Diabolical Transformationsp. 68
Anagram Puzzlesp. 68
A Few by the Numbersp. 69
A Year in Rhymep. 69
Unite-Untie in Versep. 69
The Long & Short of Itp. 70
On Hearstp. 70
Solutions to "Anagram Puzzles"p. 70
14. Palindromesp. 72
Running Back Wordsp. 72
A Palindrome Collectionp. 73
Creating Palsp. 81
Foreign-Language Palindromesp. 82
15. Playful & Bewitching Palsp. 90
More Palindrome Amusementsp. 90
Palindromic Namesp. 91
Word-Unit Palindromesp. 93
Line-Unit Palindromesp. 94
16. Word Reversals & Their Palsp. 96
Composed in Reversep. 96
Drop-Letter Reversalsp. 101
Anchored Reversalsp. 101
In a Word, Singular Palindromesp. 101
Call Backp. 103
Vertical Palindromesp. 104
Phonetic Pals & Reversalsp. 104
In Reversep. 105
Words Reconsideredp. 105
Key to Abbreviationsp. 107
Shortened Book Titlesp. 107
Periodicals & Popular Puzzle Columnsp. 109
Organized Puzzlersp. 112
Puzzlers & Their Pseudonymsp. 113
Acknowledgmentsp. 122
Indexp. 124