The Dictionary of Wordplay, by Dave Morice
Teachers & Writers Collaborative, 320
pages. Paperback, $19.95.
Published: September 12, 2001
|A language lover's guide to fun|
If the Internal Revenue Service questions you for claiming Dave Morice's The Dictionary of Wordplay as a business expense, here are some defenses you can use:
-"I'm a scholar of French literature writing a book on the Oulipo writers group."
- "I'm a cryptography analyst for the National Security Agency."
- "I'm a poet who wants to add a little pizzazz to her pentameters."
This unusual reference book is suitable for two kinds of people: those who love playing with words, letters and sentences; and those who have become so serious about writing that they need a refreshing dip in the spirit of play that underlies the work of creation.
A poet, writer and illustrator, Morice has written several books for Teachers & Writers Collaborative on ways of helping children create poetry. He's also a contributor to Word Ways, a quarterly journal of logophilia and alphabetic mayhem.