Book of Words

Price: $19.95

Author: research/ compilation Michelle O'Regan
ISBN: 9781864763638
Binding: Thread sewn
Pages: 276
Size: 210mm x 148mm


How the BOOK OF WORDS was born:

We were sitting around the kitchen table. Dad was reading the paper and remarked on this quirky headline: HEADLESS BODY FOUND IN TOPLESS BAR

Which made us all chuckle. The momentum built when each of us recalled something playful or beguiling about word plays.

Mum said she’d seen a dentist’s sign reading: DR MELISSA MOLLER

Fiona remembered a tombstone: ‘Here lies Johnny Yeast, forgive me for not rising.’

Gertie, who has a logical bent, chirruped: ‘What is it with plurals anyway? If man becomes men, then why doesn’t pan become pen? And if goose becomes geese, then why doesn’t moose become meese?”

Billy, into mysteries and conspiracy theories, pondered: ‘Why isn’t phonetic spelt fonetikli? Why is long shorter than short? Why is abbreviation such a long word?’