The Word Circus: A Letter-perfect Book

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Merriam-Webster, 1998 - Reference - 295 pages
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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
 

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Contents

THE BANDWAGON
1
ANA GRAM THE JUGGLER
27
THE PALINDROMEDARY
49
BIGNAME ACTS
73
CLOWN CARS
91
THE SHRINKING SPOTLIGHT
109
KANGAROO WORDS
125
THE ACRO BAT
143
MARY HAD A LETTER LAMB
195
A LETTER PERFECT SIDESHOW
209
THE MIDWAY
243
AFTER WORD
269
Notes
271
Sources
285
ReSources and ReCreations
291
Index of Terms
292

WORDS ON A WIRE
163

Common terms and phrases

About the author (1998)

Richard Lederer, the well-known wordsmith, originally intended to practice medicine. He entered Haverford College as a pre-medical student, but when he realized that he was more interested in the textbooks' language than their substance, he switched his major to English. He next attended Harvard Law School, but again switched majors--this time entering Harvard's Master of Arts and Teaching program. After graduation, he taught English and media at St. Paul's School, in Concord, N.H., for 27 years. Upon earning his Ph.D. in English and Linguistics from the University of New Hampshire, he decided to pursue a career writing books on the English language. His first book, Anguished English, was a popular success and launched his career. His books, newspaper columns, and speaking engagements have allowed Lederer, in his own words, "to extend my mission of teachership." Lederer describes himself as a "verbivore" - one who consumes words. He says, "Carnivores eat meat; herbivores eat plants and vegetables; verbivores devour words." His fascination with word play (particularly, palindromes and puns) resulted in his nicknames--"Attila the Pun" and "Conan the Grammarian.

Poet and artist Dave Morice received his PhD in library science from the University of Iowa and continues to bring the magic of poetry to people of all ages through his work in senior centers and public schools. He is the author and illustrator of many books for children and adults, including The Dictionary of Word Play, The Adventures of Dr. Alphabet, and Poetry Comics: An Animated Anthology.

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