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The Game of Words [Hardcover]

Willard R. Espy
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April 1995
For language lovers who know that words are far too serious to be taken seriously, this book is an indispensable and entertaining survey of word games of all kinds, written by one of the mot successful words-gamesmen of our times. The book not only teaches us more than 200 ways to play with our words, but provides side-splitting examples of every game played well, including: Acrostics; Alliteration; Malapropisms; Acronyms; Euphemisms; Puns; Conundrums; Anagrams; Riddles; Cryptograms; Clerihews; Spoonerisms; Oxymorons; Lipograms; Rebuses; Parody; Palindromes; Pronounciations; Tongue-twisters
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  • Hardcover: 279 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Value Publications; 2nd Revised edition edition (April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517177846
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517177846
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.2 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,575,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Wordplay 3 Jan 2012
This has appeared in many editions and versions and is an absolute delight. It is educational but never dull, informative but never boring, interesting but never tiresome.
This tome covers everything from alphabetical poems to chronograms, acrostics to clerihews, anagrams to cumulative poems, acronyms to cryptograms - and that is just a selection from the two alphabetical sections of 'a' and 'c'.
A trio of brief samples from this excellent anthology:
Hush, hush,
Nobody cares;
Christopher Robin

A quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.

A man, a plan, a canal - Panama.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very positive review which laments the book's unavailability 29 July 1999
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I am terribly sorry that this marvelous book is out-of-print! Willard Espy has collected a fabulously fun collection of anagrams, tongue twisters, vocabulary stretchers and verbal brain busters in this splendid volume. I have been trying to replace my copy of this book ever since mine was "borrowed" by an acquaintance and never returned! Word to the publisher: REPRINT! I'd rate this one six stars!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the best of word games 2 Aug 1998
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An incredible compendium of every form of word play known to man and womankind. I love this book and wish it was still in print. Right now I have to check it out from the library.
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect gift for a man that loves words! 20 Jan 2013
By Melissa R - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this as a gift for my fiance based on the wonderful reviews. He loves it! He will walk around the house reading to me from it, it is a great book!
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