The Word Snoop

By Ursula Dubosarsky

Meet the observe Snoop. She?s speeding and bold and witty as can be?and not anyone is familiar with extra concerning the evolution of the English language than she does. fortunately, she?s spilling her secrets and techniques during this gem of a ebook. From the 1st alphabet in 4000 BC, to anagrams, palindromes, and modern day textual content messages, readers will examine all in regards to the interesting twists and turns our reasonable language has taken to develop into what it really is today.

With playful black-and-white illustrations, riddles to resolve, and codes to wreck, The notice Snoop is definitive evidence that phrases can spark the mind's eye and are whatever yet uninteresting. this can be a publication for each aspiring author, and each actual reader.

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V. T. R. Polonius: What do you learn, my lord? Hamlet: phrases, phrases, phrases. HAMLET through WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE expensive Readers, you could now not recognize me, yet i do know you. i'm— the observe SNOOP! The be aware Snoop? permit me to give an explanation for . . . You see, i admire phrases. Ever considering that i will be able to consider, I’ve been hearing, talking, examining, writing, and yes—snooping on phrases. I stick with phrases each- the place. I creep down darkish hallways, roam large highways, and sneak alongside nation lanes. I take heed to conversations, learn over people’s shoulders, turn via books, click web content, and faucet out textual content messages . . . however the time has come eventually for me to emerge from undercover and proportion with you a number of the many, many stuff i've got discovered. Why don’t you return and be a be aware Snoop with me? All you might want to do is open this e-book, take a deep breath, and dive inside of. the glorious international of phrases awaits! yet shhh! Someone’s coming! i will not remain. See you very quickly, i am hoping. Don’t hold up, my snoops, I’m awaiting you . . . Bye-bye! needs to fly! Yours ever, The note Snoop P. S. Oops, I virtually forgot! There’s a mystery message for you hidden within the pages of this e-book. you'll find part of the message on the finish of every bankruptcy, and every half is written in its personal distinctive code. See when you can decipher all of them. Farewell, my snoops . . . and sturdy good fortune! Timeline expensive Snoops, I’m writing to you from a mystery position. Don’t inform somebody the place i'm, ok? Oh, that’s correct, you don’t really recognize the place I am—do you? besides, something you do recognize is your ABCs. That’s correct, the alphabet. Now, perhaps the alphabet seems like a good looking traditional factor to you, yet really it’s no longer. the single approach you're in a position to learn this booklet, or have it learn to you, is as a result of invention hundreds of thousands of years in the past of that mysterious factor we name— The Alphabet. It’s humorous, whilst whatever is as standard as the alphabet you'll imagine it have been there because the starting of time. however it hasn’t . . . learn on, my pals! And have in mind, hold snooping. Your abecedarian pal, The note Snoop 1. the way it all started . . . the 1st Alphabet think your self again should you have been studying the alphabet for the first actual time. Twenty-six diverse letters—you most likely suggestion you’d by no means have the ability to take note all of them. yet have you puzzled the place these unusual shapes got here from within the first position? The very earliest writing on this planet began within the sector referred to now as Iraq in approximately 4000 BC. It’s referred to as cuneiform, this means that “wedge-shaped. ” you recognize if you happen to play with putty or clay, and also you dig your fingernails into it to make shapes? Cuneiform used to be just like that—it used to be a manner of writing by means of urgent wedges into smooth clay to make indicators for phrases and sounds. It appeared like this: In historical Egypt they did anything a piece assorted. They carved or drew little images to teach sounds or rules. this type of writing is termed hieroglyphs, this means that “holy writing” since it was once in most cases utilized by clergymen. Here’s an instance of a hieroglyph: are you able to wager what the notice ability?

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