Friday, 19 June 2015

Review: 'The Weird World of Words' by Mitchell Symons

The Weird World of Words: A Guided Tour by Mitchell Symons, 2015, Zest books, $11.99, softbound, 192 pages. Cover: like it. Category/Genre: Trivia, Reference. Where we got it: publisher. Where you can get it: AmazonBarnes and NobleBooks-A-Million

For wordsmiths and trivia fans, The Weird World of Worlds opens up all manner of peculiarities and quirks in the English language. From palindromes to oxymorons and pangrams, acronyms, mnemonics, and the origins of words, this book has it all. There's a list of the most beautiful words in the English language (according to a poll of 7,000 people in 2004), Scrabble facts, the meaning behind the days of the week, words invented by Shakespeare, a note on proper word use (valuable for any sort of writer), and 'kangaroo' and 'anti-kangaroo' words. (Kangaroo words contain synonyms for that word; for instance, the word masculine has in it the words male and man. Anti-kangaroo words contain antonyms.)

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