Readership: General readers interested in how words and symbols are used to conceal messages, as well as linguists, lexicographers, philologists, anthropologists, historians.
Barry J. Blake
Barry Blake taught at La Trobe University for many years. He is an expert on all aspects of language and a well known authority on Australian Aboriginal languages. His most recent book, All About Language was published by Oxford University Press in 2008.
Review(s) from previous edition"'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 have here is a wonderful weekend read." - The Times
"A serious wolf of a book about linguistics wrapped in the sheep's clothing of frisky pleasure in the originality and versatility of words." - The Times
"The subtitle is both accurate and cryptic, and provides only a hint of just how intriguing and diverting a book this isPart of the fascination of the book comes from noticing how often these modes of concealment resemble one another, or bleed togetherIt is good to have a book that gives you something to ponder without being ponderous itself. And it can be recommended in particular to anyone disposed to find language itself, as such, a source of pleasure." - Scott McLemee, writing in nside Higher Education
1: On Being Mysterious
2: From Anagrams to Cryptic Crosswords
3: Talking in Riddles
4: Ciphers and Codes
5: Biblical Secrets
6: Words of Power
7: Words to Avoid
8: Jargon, Slang, and 'Secret Languages'
9: The Everyday Oblique
10: Elusive Allusions
Appendix: answers to the problems