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The Play of Words

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Do you know the connection between the expression A HARROWING EXPERIENCE and agriculture, between BY AND LARGE and sailing, between GET YOUR GOAT and horses, or between STEAL YOUR THUNDER and show business? You probably have heard the comparisons HAPPY AS A CLAM, SMART AS A WHIP, PLEASED AS PUNCH, DEAD AS A DOORNAIL - but have you ever wondered why a clam should be happy, ...more
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Published May 11th 2010 by Pocket Books (first published September 1st 1991)
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Came across this at a used and rare book store yesterday- what a gem! I just started looking at this one. I love Richard Lederer. I remember growing up reading his columns in the newspaper. His writing is witty, clever, full of interesting etymology, word plays, and as someone said, semantic antics. .. And of course puns! Anyone interested in linguistics, etymology, word plays, etc., should read this book! It's lots of fun.
Wonderful book by a funny and erudite guy. Love words? Love this!
Fun book. Witty and humorous. I use parts of it for my music students as an interdisciplinary unit involving music and metaphors.
A fun & challenging book with plentiful of games. Included are metaphors, sound devices, language logic...

Feb 12, 2011 Robert rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Robert by: Mom
Shelves: language, usage, games
Lederer is a master with words. He was involved with S.P.E.L.L. My mother is the one who purchased this book.
Lederer is so good with words. My 11th grade Omnibus enjoys playing the games when we have a few extra minutes.
Dec 19, 2009 Lisa marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Richard Lederer is the author of more than 35 books about language, history, and humor, including his best-selling Anguished English series and his current book, The Gift of Age. He has been profiled in magazines as diverse as The New Yorker, People, and the National Enquirer and frequently appears on radio as a commentator on language. He has been named International Punster of the Year and Toast ...more
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