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A fun and frolicking book of wordplay.
- Hundreds of acrostics, anagrams, palindromes, puns, riddles, and spoonerisms
- Presented in lively prose and light verse
- Features a chapter of skill-testing word games
Hardcover, 295 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by Merriam-Webster
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This book is not ony tremendously informative, but FUN to read. It is filled with many morsels of facts about words and language, but also anagrams, palindromes, riddles and MUCH more!This is the type of book which one usually reads periodically, rather than straight through.
Lederer has style, humor and wit.
Here is a neat example: "I am here to tell you that English is the only major language to capitalize its first-person singular pronoun.Some observers believe that such capitalization brings a
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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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