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The Dictionary of Wordplay 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0915924978
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How many different ways can you play with words? More than 1,200, according to Dave Morice (The Adventures of Dr. Alphabet) in what he claims is the first Dictionary of Wordplay. Everyone's heard of the rebus and the palindrome, but what about the megallege and the word worm? In an informative and frisky introduction, Morice describes the history of wordplay including the golden age, which started around 1960 and continues to this day and the many books dedicated to the subject over the years. Fans of Will Shortz's National Public Radio word games will love this quirky reference book.

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"Infomative and frisky...fans of word games will love this quirky reference book." -- Publishers Weekly, March 19, 2001

"The Dictionary of Wordplay is an act of naming the creatures in a beautiful universe."--Richard Lederer. -- Maine Sunday Telegram, April 8, 2001

"The most ingenious publication of the century so far." -- Times Literary Supplement, March 23, 2001
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Teachers & Writers Collaborative; 1st edition (January 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0915924978
  • ISBN-13: 978-0915924974
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,113,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dave Morice's latest book, The Dictionary of Wordplay (Teachers & Writers), is his seventeenth published effort to paint the alphabetic rainbow of the amazing English language. Previous works include eleven volumes of poetry, four books on wordplay and writing, three on cartooning, and a book on computers.
Why a dictionary of wordplay?
"Wordplay is always just a word or two away from the words we speak, hear, read, and write," Morice writes in the introduction to his dictionary. "It is present in the home, the school, the office, the store, the streets. It's on television all the time, especially on ABC."
He got the idea for a wordplay dictionary while editing the "Kickshaws" column for Word Ways magazine. The more familiar Morice became with contemporary wordplay, the more it seemed inevitable that he should write a dictionary. Surprised none had been compiled, he morphed the appendix to his doctoral dissertation-"Wordplay in Children's Picture Books"-into an appendix of wordplay terms that eventually grew into a full-blown dictionary.
With the recent publication of The Dictionary of Wordplay, Morice has given life to an astounding work. Indeed, The Times Literary Supplement of London, in a rare burst of approval, calls it "The most ingenious publication of the century so far" (TLS, March 23, 2001).
The Dictionary of Wordplay is for all lovers of language. For die-hard crossword puzzle workers, jumble fanatics, or Scrabble players as well as writers, educators, and linguistics, it's a "must-have" for the home or office reference shelf.
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This is the world's first dictionary of wordplay terms. It covers everything from abbreviated rhyme to z times 43. Do you want to know what superultramegalosesquipedalia is? Look it up here. Hint: it's longer than you might think. Learn about the famous zzyxjoanw hoax. I highly recommend this book for anyone who treasures words and likes to play with them.
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A Kid's Review on July 19, 2001
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The dictionary of wordplay is a totally different kind of dictionary. You can read it at any point and discover something you didn't know about language. It's more fun to jump around in it instead of gulping it down all of it at once. It is like a smorgasbord with many, many different types of food. You will get to sample such delicacies as bananagrams, flip-flop definitions, hyperhyphenation, Kangaroo words, no-word alphabets, Romantic numbers, sex change charades, stinky buzzwords, truthful numbers, and zazzification. I specially enjoyed searching for other kinds of palindromes ( my favorite since I first heard about them from a teacher in grade school), because they appear in different places as well as under a palindrome.
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too often in teaching or learning "rules" of writing people forget that language, in its double meanings, in its sound, pad plays on words in like a school yard game of the Dozens played by Mensa members. This book revels in the various ways language is play and encourages readers to skim though and enjoy select passages just for their love of language. This book makes a more delightful approach to language primary and leaves readers with the pleasure of looking at the fun of words. A great gift for all readers, punsters, and etymologists. For poets, essayists, and lyricists. For all those in your life who make words their vocation and avocation. A delight.
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Reading a dictionary may not sound like a lot of fun, but this is a book you can pick up & start reading anywhere. Morice appeals on many levels, but behind it all is the way that he is thoroughly enjoying himself & his work. The perfect book to read during lunch hour on an impossible day or to keep on hand as a mental pick me up. A reference book written by a gifted story teller.
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