The Word Circus: A Letter-perfect Book

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Merriam-Webster, 1998 - Reference - 295 pages
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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User Review  - rykey - LibraryThing

If you enjoy wordplay, this is one circus you won't want to miss! This aptly titled book is an amazing collection of fun with words, laid out with a circus theme (every section is treated as a different circus act). I can't believe one person came up with all these word tricks! Read full review

Contents

THE BANDWAGON
2
ANA GRAM THE JUGGLER
28
THE PALINDROMEDARY
50
BIGNAME ACTS
74
CLOWN CARS
92
THE SHRINKING SPOTLIGHT
110
KANGAROO WORDS
126
THE ACRO BAT
144
MARY HAD A LETTER LAMB
196
A LETTER PERFECT SIDESHOW
210
THE MIDWAY
244
Notes
272
Sources
286
ReSources and ReCreations
292
Index of Terms
293
Copyright

WORDS ON A WIRE
164

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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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