How to Keep a Secret

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Overview

This book contains everything a kid needs to have fun making and breaking all kinds of codes and ciphers. With humor and clarity, the authors show how to use everything from Pig Latin to Morse code to invisible writing to mystify such enemy spies as younger siblings. A funny mystery message is mixed in throughout the book, and for those who get stumped, all the answers are in the back.

Presents various methods of writing, speaking, and signaling secret messages.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688162771
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/1998
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.65 (w) x 7.99 (h) x 0.46 (d)

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Secret Spoken Languages


How would you like to share your secrets with your friends right out loud? If you could speak a secret language, you wouldn't have to whisper-other people might hear you but they wouldn't know what you were saying'

Pig Latin is one kind of secret language. Here's how it works.

1. For words that begin with a single consonant, move the the beginning consonant to the end of the word and add "ay" at the end.

"Tom needs help" becomes "Omtay eedsnay elphay."

2. For words beginning with more than one consonant, move the whole beginning consonant group to the end of the word and add "ay" at the end.

"Spies bring trouble!" becomes "lesspay ingbray oubletray!"

3. For words beginning with a vowel (or vowel sound) leave the word as is and add "way" to the end of it.

"Emergency action! I am alone" becomes "Emergencyway actionway! Iway amway aloneway."

The trouble with Pig Latin is that an awful lot of people can understand it. The only way to keep Pig Latin messages secret is to practice it all the time with your friends-then you'll be able to speak it too fast for other people!



See how fast you can say this Pig Latin message. Then decode to find out what Tom is supposed to do.

"Omtay, elltay usway ouryay ocationlay."

Here's what Tom replies:

"I'mway idinghay inway away Inesechay estaurantray!"

Then Poppy radios new instructions to Tom from the clubhouse:

"Avesay ecretsay essagemay! On'tday eatway ortunefayookiecay!"

Did you notice how peculiar Pig Latin sounds? This is partly because all the words begin with vowels and also because ofthe repeated "ay" sound.

If too many people around you know Pig Latin, try one of the other secret languages. Have you ever heard of "Egg" or "Opp"? They work a little differently from Pig Latin. And they sound even sillier. You just add an extra syllable ("egg" or "opp") before each vowel sound of every word.

In "Egg," Peggy would be Peggeggeggy. Poppy would be Peggoppeggy.

But in "Opp," Peggy would be Poppeggoppy. And Poppy would be Poppoppoppy.

And now back to our story.

Teggom's geggot beggad neggews. "Peggeggeggy steggole thegge feggorteggune ceggookeggie!"

"Stoppop hopper!" shoppouts Poppoppoppy.

To keep your secrets really safe, make up your own secret language using the rules of Egg and Opp. You can use any new syllable you want. For an Egg language, use a vowel followed by a consonant sound-how about "ick"?

Decode the rest of Poppy's message to Tom:

"Quickick! Ickafticker hicker! Fickollickow thicke fickortickune cickookickie!"

You can also use the rules of Pig Latin to make up a new secret language. Choose a vowel sound for the ends of the words. Just be sure to use an extra consonant for words that begin with vowel sounds.

See if you can figure out how Tom's new secret language works:

Omtoo, andzoo, Oppypoo aysoo, "Eesoo ouyoo inzoo, Apterchoo Otwoo."

(Did you figure out that the secret sounds are "oo" and 4&7M%t?)

Secret languages like Pig Latin, Egg, and Opp are just ordinary English words rearranged, so it's pretty easy for out:siders to catch on to what you re saying. If you were a SPYyou wouldn't want to take this chance! A good way to solve this problem is to use code words. The best part about this is that you and your friends can choose any code words you like and decide what you want them to mean. Then the only way your code can be broken is if one person tells what the code words stand for.

Here's how code words can baffle an unwanted eaves dropper. Suppose you suspect that your bratty little brother or sister is listening in on your phone call to your friend. If you and your friend have agreed on this code:

bratty little brother or sister = math book

going to the movies = doing special homework your conversation might sound like this:

You: What time are we meeting to do our special homework tonight?

Friend: Seven o'clock. Are you supposed to bring your math book?

You: No. Luckily I don't have to drag that along.

Your sister or brother would never suspect a thing!

Of course, you could always use words like "you know what" and "you know who" to disguise your meaning. But then your brother or sister would know right away that something fishy was going on. The whole point of code words is to choose natural-sounding ones so that other people won't realize you don't mean what they think you do. That's really keeping a secret!

Sometimes it may not matter if other people know you're talking in code. Then your code words can be as crazy as you want. You and your friends may go around talking about a purple elephant and sticky green monsters instead of your gym teacher and the members of another secret club. Or you could make up your own words. Try using an acronym-a word formed from the first letters of a group of words. A very well-known acronym is:

SNAFU = Situation normal, all fouled up.

You could use an acronym of club members' initials for the name of your secret club; Kathy, George, Robert, Allan, Linda, and Sue might form a club called the GLARKS. (You may need to stick in extra vowels if all the words start with consonants! If your mother calls you and your buddies The Terrible Three, your club could be called TOTOT.)

Then how about a secret password acronym for your club? Only open the door for people who knock three times and whisper "HAND"! (Did you guess that HAND is an acronym for "Have a nice day"?)

Think up some really wild ideas; try making an acronym of your favorite song or any expression your group uses all

the time. Do you constantly say "What a weird idea" or "Tough luck on you!"? These would make great passwords WAWI and TLOY.

You can change your password or the secret language you use as often as you want. Just be sure your pals all get the secret message. Then you'll always be able to talk to each other out loud, on the bus or in the halls, without checking beforehand for spies!

HAND!

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