September 20, 2007

Play with words!

A Learical Lexicon from the works of Edward Lear
"A glossary of humorous and nonsense words featuring unusual spellings, hidden meanings, transposed letters, and onomatopoeic sounds, selected from the letters and other witty writings of the English author/artist."

Funny You Should Ask: How to Make Up Jokes and Riddles with Wordplay by Marvin Terban
"Offers an abundant cache of ideas about using words and wordplay to create engaging riddles and jokes."

Ounce, Dice, Trice by Alastair Reid with drawing by Ben Shahn
"A collection of old and new words, including those to be said in singing moods, words for times of day, and rude names for nitwits. Defines such words as gongoozler, tantony, and oosse."

Follow this link to a wild world of Word Play! More in depth exploration of this site will follow.

Or enjoy a reference book; always at the library!

The Oxford Dictionary of New Words: a Popular Guide to Words in the News

Brewer's Dictionary of 20th-Century Phrase and Fable

Test your skill at word scrambling:

DORMITORY:When you rearrange the letters:DIRTY ROOM

ASTRONOMER:When you rearrange the letters:MOON STARER

THE EYES:When you rearrange the letters: THEY SEE
THE MORSE CODE:When you rearrange the letters:HERE COME DOTS

SLOT MACHINES:When you rearrange the letters:CASH LOST IN ME

ANIMOSITY:When you rearrange the letters:IS NO AMITY

SNOOZE ALARMS:When you rearrange the letters:ALAS! NO MORE Z 'S
A DECIMAL POINT:When you rearrange the letters:I'M A DOT IN PLACE

ELEVEN PLUS TWO:When you rearrange the letters:TWELVE PLUS ONE