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The Play of Words

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    Richard Lederer(Author)

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Offers a collection of word games--from the easy to the mind-boggling--designed to entertain, challenge, and inform language lovers

Fun & Games For Language Lovers. Some of these games are as easy as rolling off a log, while others may leave you stumped (until you peek at the answers). But whether you play alone or with friends, this collection of matchless semantic antics will bring you hours of lexicological pleasure. --This text refers to the Paperback edition. Richard Lederer is the author of more than 30 books about language, history, and humor, including his best-selling Anguished English series and his current book, Presidential Trivia. 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. Dr. Lederer's syndicated column, "Looking at Language," appears in newspapers and magazines throughout the United States. He has been named International Punster of the Year and Toastmasters International's Golden Gavel winner. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Book details

  • PDF | 274 pages
  • Richard Lederer(Author)
  • Atria; First Edition edition (October 1, 1990)
  • English
  • 2
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  • By A customer on April 20, 1998

    This book is full of great ways to have fun with the English language. I have used it during my teaching practicum to teach my students (grade 8 & 12) basic poetic terms. The games are great fun and a wonderful way to start class everyday! The kids keep asking for more & I don't think there's anything better than that. Lederer spans the language from sound devices, to metaphors, to names, to language logic. It's one book I wouldn't want to teach without!

  • By A customer on January 6, 1999

    You don't need to have a sophisticated vocabulary to play these games. It's wonderful with children. We play in the car, at the dinner table, as a homework break. This book goes on vacation with us. I highly recommend it!

  • By K. Mars on October 28, 2013

    It's ok I just expected more from the format of the book and maybe more information overall especially because he's a Harvard grad.

  • By Dianna Collins Orea on September 30, 2016

    We purchased this and other Richard Lederer books as a supplement to our Language Arts curriculum for homeschool. This particular title offers fun while learning a variety of skills and increases vocabulary. I highly recommend this for anyone who loves language or wants to enrich their knowledge of language.

  • By Heather Fatany on September 12, 2012

    The description for the condition of the book did not meet my expectations. It said there may be some writing, in fact, almost every single "word play" was completed! BOO! I didn't get to think for myself on this one. I think it would be a great book if anyone can find one with most of the activities still blank. There are lots of old sayings I never heard of, so it was interesting to see how words have been used in the past compared to phrases I use now.

  • By Mike Grant on June 20, 2012

    This is an outstanding book with a very reasonable structure. It's broken up into wordplay types. Then, each type is broken down into subjects, with numerous examples and fill-in-the-blank games. For example, the chapter on metaphors defines the term. Then it explores some basic examples. Following this, the author examines some themes: for example, building metaphors, food metaphors, etc. The reader then has the opportunity to fill-in-the-blanks for many metaphor "exercises." And so on for each chapter.The writing is fresh and friendly, with a definitely playful tone. Wordplay abounds in the text, not just in the examples. Which makes reading the book an endeavor in wordplay itself. Highly recommended for word game fiends. This book is highly educational, with a ton of information for budding "word players." Great for teachers as well.

  • By Guest on December 28, 2012

    If you like English & find yourself trying to help someone understand the English language (particularly American English), you will love the humor of "The Play of Words".You will find yourself laughing out loud & probably looking on Amazon for more of his hysterical musings about the English language.

  • By Howellingwolf5 on December 26, 2012

    I personally really liked this book! I got it as a gift for my boyfriend and I'm sure he would have rated it 5 stars. It has games, stories, definitions, root words, and history of so many common phrases and words. Totally worth every cent and a lot of fun.

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