- Paperback: 279 pages
- Publisher: St Martins Griffin; 1st edition (July 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312155808
- ISBN-13: 978-0312155803
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,795,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Making the Alphabet Dance: Recreational Wordplay Paperback – July, 1997
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This is the most mesmerizing book on wordplay to come along in years. Ross Eckler examines such eternal logological favorites as anagrams, palindromes, and word squares, as well as words that play in other ways. Here are words with all letters in alphabetical order, novels written without the letter "e," and dozens of ways to transform one word into another. Take "heathery," for example. How many times can you delete one letter and have a new word remaining? Or consider "add." What happens when you shift each letter one place down the alphabet? How about eight places? If you love words, this masterpiece is irresistible.
From Library Journal
Eckler, a Ph.D. in mathematics, who with his wife, Faith, edits Word Ways magazine, has written a marvelous book for anyone who loves words and word play. Eckler includes explanations of acrostics, palindromes, anagrams, word squares, and word worms. There are pages of examples of each type of word play. A sample from the section on transforming one word into another through a word ladder changes less into more in five moves: less-loss-lose-love-move-more. The field of recreational linguistics has made great use of computer technology in the last few years, leading to more and more complicated word relationships, and the author expects great things to come in the future. Anyone who writes, does crossword puzzles, or plays Scrabble will find this book a gem. Recommended for public libraries.?Lisa J. Cihlar, Winfield P.L., Ill.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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a) Exquisite 'e-less' texts, i.e. texts without the letter 'e'
b) Phenomenally palindromic dialogues (e.g.
ADAM: Madam, I'm Adam.
EVE: Name of a foeman?
ADAM: O, stone me! Not so.
EVE: Mad! A maid I am, Adam.
This goes on for two pages with every sentence by Adam and Eve being palindromic)
c) Amazing acrostics
d) Challenging 'chain-link' sentences. (e.g. tHE HElicoptER ERneST SToLE LEavES EScaPE PErilous etc.)
e) Tantalizing transpositions (e.g. five transpositions of an eight letter word; alerting, altering, integral, relating, triangle)
f) Transpositional poetry (e.g. there is a beautiful sonnet about 'Washington crossing the Delaware' and each line of the sonnet uses the alphabets in the phrase above)
g) Appropriate anagrams (e.g. DORMITORY, dirty rook; A GENTLEMAN, elegant man etc.)
There are two similar books that readers may find interesting.
1) A pleasure in words by Eugene T. Maleska, published by Hamish Hamilton, 1983
2) The play of words by Richard Lederer, published by Pocket Books, 1990
Thank you Mr. Eckler and Happy Reading to all.