Gyles n.pl. an obsolete spelling of guiles Brandreth n. a framework for support In The Joy of LEX, Gyles Brandreth lives up to his name by constructing a beguiling book with a framework of chapters ably supporting his contention that 'Words and the way we use them are what make us human animals unique. Or, to quote Bertrand Russell, 'No matter how eloquently a dog may bark, he cannot tell you that his parents were poor but honest.' And words and what we can do with them are what The Joy of Lex is all about. It is a wideranging and light-hearted celebration of our language - the richest, most diverse, most exciting and most entertaining language in the world.' For word buffs, for puzzle lovers, for anagram addicts, for crossword enthusiasts, for Scrabble players, for readers with an eye for the eccentric, and an ear for the unusual, this is the ultimate guide to the lighter side of the English language, written by a seasoned wordsmith and self-confessed verbaholic.