Words Gone Wild: Puns, Puzzles, Poesy, Palaver, Persiflage, and Poppycock

Words Gone Wild: Puns, Puzzles, Poesy, Palaver, Persiflage, and Poppycock

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by Jim Bernhard
     
 

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Chock-full of jokes and entertaining twists of the tongue, this lighthearted but scholarly guide to humorous language is a sure?re hit with word lovers. The examples are entertainingly bawdy, with a delightful narrative voice in word sleuth and author, Jim Bernhard. He provides examples and puzzles, teaching a smidgen of historical and etymological scholarship,

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Chock-full of jokes and entertaining twists of the tongue, this lighthearted but scholarly guide to humorous language is a sure?re hit with word lovers. The examples are entertainingly bawdy, with a delightful narrative voice in word sleuth and author, Jim Bernhard. He provides examples and puzzles, teaching a smidgen of historical and etymological scholarship, but above all, amusing his audience.

Puns from Greek dramatists, Shakespeare, the Bible, George S. Kaufman, and Groucho Marx vie for attention with comical spoonerisms, droll malapropisms, witty anagrams, and humorous palindromes—plus original material by the author—including limericks, clerihews, crossword puzzles, acrostic puzzles, tonguetwisters, and other kinds of word play. Some examples:

  • Why does a match box? Because it sees a tin can.
  • Time ?ies like an arrow. Fruit ?ies like a banana.
  • The pony was unable to talk because he was a little hoarse.
  • Two peanuts went into a bar. One was a salted.
  • The chicken that crossed the road was pure poultry in motion.
  • As the gardener said when asked why he was cutting grass with a pair of scissors: “That’s all there is; there isn’t any mower.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781616080143
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date:
06/01/2010
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)

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Meet the Author

Jim Bernhard's books include the acclaimed
Porcupine, Picayune, & Post: How Newspapers Get Their Names and
Stars in Your Eyes. His puzzles have been published in the New York
Times, Performing Arts Magazine, and Simon & Schuster puzzle books. He lives in Houston, Texas.

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Words Gone Wild: Puns, Puzzles, Poesy, Palaver, Persiflage, and Poppycock 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not really a game
MignonFogarty More than 1 year ago
I adored this book, and if you love words, you will too. Bernhard fills each chapter with fascinating facts about different kinds of poetry and word games, and the examples and puzzles make it fun. It still sits on my desk with lots of dog-eared pages. What will I try myself first? Lipograms? Tom Swifties? Limericks? I can't decide, but the book was an inspiration.