Essays About Words, Word Games and Other Related Topics


A Modest Defense of the Pun (Edgewise)

ABC-Books (Absey Zed)

Are Word Games Good for Your Brain?

Ben Jonson and the Palindrome (Jonson's Chain)

Commercial Advertising: Capitalism's Dirtiest Ramp

For Parents and Teachers

Humpty Dumpty and Redefining Words (Dumpty Drop)

In Praise of Libraries (Stacks)

Israel Zangwill's Writings (Zangwill's Zones)

Know the Words You Play

Little Things (Wee Words)

Long Words (Sesquipedal)

Muppin Asa Darby: Word-Game Creator (Asa's Blocks)

Myles na gCopaleen and Cliches (Myles' Race)

Peter Mark Roget and Thesauruses (Roget's Tree)

Prince Perkins -- Who He?

Print and Electronic Books (Gutenberg's Sub)

Property Rights (Meum et Tuum)

Shakespeare's Vocabulary (Will's Barricadoes)

The Origin of Crossword Puzzles (Wynne's Box)

The Origin of Sliding Puzzles (Kinsey's Slide & Sliders)

Thomas Hood: Humorist, Satirist, Punster (Hoodwink)

Two Lexicographers: Samuel Johnson and Noah Webster (Drudges Two)

Word Games Should Be Fun

The Word Lists