The Word Snoop (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Jul 9, 2009 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 272 pages
18 Reviews
Meet the Word Snoop. She?s dashing and daring and witty as can be?and no one knows more about the evolution of the English language than she does. Luckily, she?s spilling her secrets in this gem of a book. From the first alphabet in 4000 BC, to anagrams, palindromes, and modern-day text messages, readers will learn all about the fascinating twists and turns our fair language has taken to become what it is today. With playful black-and-white illustrations, riddles to solve, and codes to break, The Word Snoop is definitive proof that words can spark the imagination and are anything but dull. This is a book for every aspiring writer, and every true reader.




  

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User Review  - Edy Gies - Goodreads

This was a interesting book that broke down the way language has evolved and become what we use today in a way that young adults could read and find interesting. The only issue I had was the frequent ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rebecca Plaza - Goodreads

It is a book for browsing, putting down, picking up. Sharing bits in a book talk perhaps? Read full review

Contents

The First Alphabet
The English Alphabet
Lets Change the Alphabet
Invent your own Alphabet
Shorthand
Silent Letters
The Invention of Printing
American Spelling
Rhyming Slang
Puns
Homophones
Mondegreens
Onomatopoeia
Tongue Twisters
Portmanteau Words
Euphemisms

Plurals
Hooray for AngloSaxon
Shakespeare and the Bible
Punctuation
Punctuation in Other Languages
Do we Need it?
Anagrams
Pangrams
Lipograms
Acronyms
Palindromes
Mnemonics
Oxymorons
Pig Latin
The Rebus
Dont Mention It
Doublespeak
Clichés
Tautology
Nicknames
Eponyms
Spoonerisms
Tom Swifties
Malapropisms
Pen Names
Telegramese
Texting LOL Leet and More
Smileys
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2009)

Ursula Dubosarsky and Tohby Riddle live in Sydney, Australia.

Ursula Dubosarsky and Tohby Riddle live in Sydney, Australia.

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