Secret Language

Secret Language

[codes, Tricks, Spies, Thieves, and Symbols]

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Baker & Taylor
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.

Oxford University Press
With revelations on every page, and sample codes and puzzles for the reader to crack,Secret Language will entertain everyone with an urge to know more about the most arcane and curious uses of language. From backmasking to the Enigma Machine, from magic words to literary symbols, here is a lively, engaging tour of languages that hide their meanings from all but a chosen few. Blake explains the difference between ciphers and codes and shows how secret messages have been written--and broken--for almost two thousand years. He explores the history and uses of the slang and argot of schools and trades, tracing the stories of centuries-old cants such as those used by sailors and criminals--among them polari, the mix of Italian, Yiddish, and slang once spoken among strolling players and circus folk and most recently adopted by the gay community. He examines the sacred languages of ancient cults and religions, uncovers the workings of onomancy, spells, and gematria, considers the obliqueness of allusion and parody, and celebrates the absurdities of euphemism and jargon.

Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2010
ISBN: 9780199579280
Branch Call Number: 417.7 BLA
Characteristics: xi, 328 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm.


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jordan1994 Jan 26, 2012

Quite a good book. Easy to read and comprehend yet comprehensive. Unrelated to content but also important: Nice beefy book of the right size and paper, but not too heavy to carry around (always the best kind of book).

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