The Play of Words: Fun and Games for Language Lovers by Richard Lederer is a 274-page hardcover published by Pocket Books, A Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., stated first Pocket Books hardcover printing of October, 1990. The dust jacket has minimal shelf wear. The book has light bumping to the spine. Inside, the previous owner's name in stamped on the end page. The rest of the book is crisp and clean.
The Play of Words lets you horse around with the animal metaphors that make poetry of everyday speech--as well as with the wheezy cliches that are all too conspicuous in out daily prose. Romp with the rhythms and rhymes of "Inky Pinky," and see if you can "Name that Bunch"--a prickle of porcupines? a rash of dermatologists? But beware: you can lose points for laughing in "Fictionary."
Take a jaunt back to the different ages and stages of English, to the roots of words and the origins of phrases. Find out why we say "happy as a clam," making merry a mollusk otherwise noted for clamming up. Test your knowledge of "What's in a Name"--and who's in a name, for the famous and forgotten have left their traces everywhere. (Who inspired Melba toast? Why do we call cheap finery tawdry?) Take on logic puzzles ancient and modern, and then invent your own.ISBN: 0-671-68908-8