My father recently went through his library (which is extensive). He came across a few old books he no longer wanted and offered them to me. Skimming through the pages, they looked interesting, so I carried the books home . . . and promptly put them on a shelf.
Last week, I finally started sifting through the books. One of them was published in 1940 and is titled The Fun Encyclopedia. Now you gotta up open a book that has the brass to be called THE Fun Encyclopedia. As it turns out, the book is chock full of hobbies, games, crafts, sports, music, magic, and party ideas. Some activities are outdated, but plenty are still worthy of the adjective “fun”!
Now I love fun games with language (e.g., Tom Swifties). So for today’s Amaze-ing Words Wednesday, I feature one of the alphabet games from the book written by E.O. Harbin 72 years ago. By the way, this book is subtitled — I kid you not! — “A Comprehensive, All-purpose, Entertainment Plan-book for the Home, Club, School, Church, and Playground.” Wow, that’s a mouthful, people.
The following is a quiz for which the answer is a word that can be expressed with a single letter. Here’s an example: A body part? I
See how you do with the rest of them. Answers are given below.
- A drink?
- A body of water?
- An exclamation?
- A female sheep?
- An insect?
- A bird?
- An actor’s signal?
- A query?
Answers: 1. T, 2. C, 3. O, 4. U, 5. B, 6. J, 7. Q, 8. Y
Now that you’ve got the hang of it, let’s try a few two-letter words! Example: Surpass? XL
Answers: 1. IC, 2. XS, 3. DK, 4. EZ, 5. NV, 6. TP, 7. SA
- A small boy has lots of?
- A foe?
Answers: 1. XTC, 2. NRG, 3. NME
Perhaps you aren’t as giddy as I am after that brief stretching of our brain’s language center, but try these out on your friends or kids. See if you can stump them (now that you know all of the answers).
How did you do? Can you think of any other examples of words represented by one, two, or three letters? (Wouldn’t you open up a book called The Fun Encyclopedia?)