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Tyrannosaurus Lex: The Marvelous Book of Palindromes, Anagrams, and Other Delightful and OutrageousWordplay Paperback – June 5, 2012


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade; 1 edition (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039953749X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399537493
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 4.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #704,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Rod L. Evans is a professor of philosophy at Old Dominion in Norfolk. He is the author of Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge, The Artful Nuance, Sorry, Wrong Answer, and Thingamajigs and Whatchamacallits.

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Dr. Rod L. Evans is an author, lecturer, and philosopher who writes and speaks on language,trivia,popular misconceptions,ethics,practical political philosophy,and personal responsibility. He graduated from Old Dominion University, and earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Virginia. He is Lecturer of Philosophy at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

Dr. Evans has published eighteen books in several subjects, including English usage, recreational linguistics, lexicography, trivia, political philosophy, and religion.His latest book,a wordplay book called "Tyrannosaurus Lex," was praised by author Richard Lederer,who said,"No one makes the alphabet dance as brilliantly and entertainingly as Rod Evans." The following persons have written introductions or forewords for Dr. Evans's books: Isaac Asimov, William F. Buckley, Paul Simon (the late U.S. senator), Linus Pauling, Hugh Downs, Steve Allen, and Betty White. The following persons have endorsed his books: Milton Friedman, Walter Williams, Dr. Thomas Szasz, Albert Ellis, Ken Jennings (Jeopardy! champion), Joe Edley (Scrabble champion), and Tyler Hinman (Crossword puzzle champion).

He has won two teaching awards, has earned an entry in Who's Who in America, and is a member of Mensa and the Triple Nine Society.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Mayer on July 31, 2012
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Evans has done more than a great job of introducing people to a large cross-section of wordplay: He has produced one of the wittiest wordplay books I have ever read. His declared goal was to introduce readers to wordplay that is particularly funny, clever, or irreverent, and he has succeeded admirably. Even when Evans covers material found elsewhere, as in his chapter on insane real book titles, he plays with the material and adds his own wordplay. For example, he says that the book The Joy of Uncircumcising "has raised quite a flap, especially among our male members." Indeed, his entire section on insane real book titles contains his own hilarious, and often bawdy, wordplay.

What's more, he has sprinkled his personal touch throughout the book, as when he points out what others hadn't realized, such as that "n-sane policy" is an anagram of "Nancy Pelosi" and that "nice parasitic role" is an anagram of "career politicians." I particularly like his appendix, consisting of more than 400 homophones of real names listed on Zabasearch.com. Although I've seen some lists of people's funny names, I had never seen hundreds of hilarious homophonic names taken from real phone directories, yielding such sequences as "Anita Bath," "Anita Beaver," "Anita Beer," "Anita Bohn," "Anita Break," "Anita Carr," "Anita Doctor," and so on. Evans points out that some of the names become even funnier when one adds their locations; for example, "Dixie Normous" in Washington, D.C.

As to any critic who would say that much of the material in the book is available elsewhere (if one spends months reading books, articles, and websites), I'd defy anyone to point to any single book that is as comprehensive as Tyrannosaurus Lex.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mike Grant on June 14, 2012
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The focus of this book is what's known as recreational linguistics, or Logology. Basically, this is an introductions to the different forms of wordplay possible in the English language. This is a work of scholarship that's meant to be accessible to the masses. Therefore, the theory is minimal, and the simple explanations and examples are maximal.

This is not a guide to doing your own wordplay. It's descriptive rather than prescriptive. It tells you what's there -- and describes the flexibility of our language -- rather than giving you rules of how to play with language yourself. It's not a book of word games like games scholar David Parlett's excellent THE Book of Word Games.

Highly recommended to anyone who is interested in how our language can fold back on itself and logically contradict itself, or who enjoy how several layers of opposing meaning can coexist in a single phrase or statement. Anyone who enjoys learning about such things should enjoy this book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Crow on July 27, 2012
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"Tyrannosaurus Lex" is a mildly interesting collection of woefully abbreviated lists of examples of various types of word-play, the components of which could easily be dragged from cyberspace given an afternoon's creative Googling. For the price, I had expected better. If you are new to the field of Logology, you may be rewarded with a few chuckles. If you have been a long-time fan of writers such as Richard Lederer and Willard R. Espy, there's nothing here you haven't seen before.
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