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101 Weird Words (and Three Fakes)

From Ambidextrous to Zugzwang

LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES

144 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: EPUB

EPUB, $8.99 (US $8.99) (CA $11.99)

Publication Date: November 2018

ISBN 9781760870102

Rights: US & CA

Allen & Unwin (Nov 2018)

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Overview

101 Weird Words (and Three Fakes) is a mini-dictionary jam-packed with unusual or interesting words, followed by a fun and descriptive definition for each one. Filled with silly pictures and strange wordy facts, this is a book to sweep the reader through the alphabet from AMBIDEXTROUS (no repeated letters) to ZUGZWANG (not a place you want to visit), with a generous sprinkling of riddles, puzzles and bonus facts. For an extra challenge, try to spot the three fakes in the collection. Is it YARG - the cheese that turned its maker backwards? Or maybe JUFFLE - the semi-jig, semi-shuffle you do on a zebra crossing? Only a true word detective will crack the case!

Author Biography

David Astle is a full-time word nerd. Many will know him as the dictionary man on the TV show Letters and Numbers, or maybe just as DA, the devious crossword-setter in the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age. David also looks at language on ABC TV's News Breakfast, and devises a weekly 'Wordplay' newspaper column. Between puzzles, he writes wordy-nerdy books such as Wordburger and David Astle's Gargantuan Book of Words for kids, and Riddledom, Cluetopia and Puzzled for adults.