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Secret language

Author: Barry J Blake
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
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Tours languages that hide meanings from all but a chosen few, explains the difference between ciphers and codes, and shows how secret messages have been written and broken for years.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Barry J Blake
ISBN: 9780199579280 0199579288
OCLC Number: 465364155
Notes: Subtitle on dust jacket: Codes, tricks, spies, thieves, and symbols.
Description: xi, 328 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Contents: On being mysterious --
From anagrams to cryptic crosswords : Anagrams ; Palindromes ; Semordnilaps ; Acronyms and acrostics ; Word squares ; Lipograms and univocalics ; Cryptic crosswords --
Talking in riddles : Riddles ; The rebus ; The charade ; Equivocation and prevarication ; Riddles for the reader --
Ciphers and codes : Steganography ; Substitution ciphers ; Transposition ; Codes ; Towards a random key ; One-time pad ; Secret communication in the computer age ; Final word ; Ciphers to solve --
Biblical secrets : Kabbalah ; Anagrams ; Ciphers ; Notarikon ; Gematria ; Onomancy --
Words of power : Beliefs about language ; Letters and symbols ; Magic words and formulas ; Texts of power ; Iconicity --
Words to avoid : Names of humans ; In-laws ; Other avoidance --
Jargon, slang, argot, and 'secret' languages' : Jargon ; Slang ; Argots and 'secret languages' --
The everyday oblique : Politeness and the like ; Deliberate obscurity ; Humour ; Euphemism ; Abusive language ; Speaking in opposites ; Oxymora and other contradictions --
Elusive allusions : Literary allusions ; Allusive names ; Parody and satire ; Allusive brainteasers --
Finale.
Other Titles: Secret language
Responsibility: Barry J. Blake.
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This book is about language designed to mean what it does not seem to mean. Codes protect secrets. Symbol and magic hide meanings to imperil or delight. Languages made to confuse let insiders talk  Read more...

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'Secret Language' will delight anyone willing to while away a lazy afternoon, crossword in hand. Kerstin Hoge, Times Literary Supplement An enthralling survey. Jonathan Sale, The Independent What we Read more...

 
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