Secret Language




    Language: history

    Secret Language

    Codes, Tricks, Spies, Thieves and Symbols

    Barry J Blake

    Oxford University Press 2009

    Hardback 352pp

    9780199579280   Product Code: 86803

    Focusing on arcane and curious aspects of language, Blake's intriguing book 'explores the reasons for obscurity and secrecy, and touches on some of the fascinating beliefs that underlie the constraints on using language freely'. He begins with word games and the former uses of anagrams and palindromes, then discusses topics including riddles, ciphers and codes, secret language in the Bible, allusion, and the 'everyday oblique' such as euphemism and oxymora.

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