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Welcome to Garbl's Word Play Links! Here are fun word sites for your amusement and, perhaps, enlightenment.


line Ann Owed to the Spelling Checker--This entire poem went through a spelling checker without a single mistake being caught.
bullet Antagonyms--Words with multiple meanings that contradict each other. 
bullet Chet Meek's Page of Puns ... --Word plays, catchy phrases and other foolishness. 
bullet DubyaSpeak.com--A site dedicated to chronicling the misstatements of America's mangler-in-chief. 
bullet English is tough stuff--"Multi-national personnel at North Atlantic Treaty Organization headquarters near Paris found English to be an easy language ... until they tried to pronounce it. To help them discard an array of accents, the verses below were devised. After trying them, a Frenchman said he'd prefer six months at hard labor to reading six lines aloud. Try them yourself."
bullet The Enigma Device--A new word game every day in which you swap letter pairs in scrambled well-known or humorous quotations until the originals are restored.
bullet fun-with-words--A site dedicated to amusing quirks, peculiarities and oddities of the English language, with sections on pangrams, anagrams, tongue twisters spoonerisms and more.
bullet The Gobbledygook Generator--This Plain English Campaign tool will provide you with meaningless, empty phrases that make you look "in the know."
bullet The Heteronym Homepage--Words that are spelled identically but have different meanings when pronounced differently.
bullet Mr. Gradgrind's Literal Answers to Rhetorical Questions--Responses to questions like "How high the moon?" "What shall we do with a drunken sailor?" "What's up, doc?"
bullet Steven Wright Jokes--This deadpan stand-up comedian really has a way with words, to turn a phrase, so to speak.
bullet Never-Say-Neverisms--Language columnist and author William Safire's witty but useful list of 30 writing rules, Fumblerules: A Lighthearted Guide to Grammar and Good Usage.
bullet Punpunpun.com--Puns of the day, puns of the week, punsters of the year, opportunities to share puns and even a brief history of the pun ... what more could you want?!
bullet RhymeZone--Type in a word to find its rhymes, synonyms and more.
bullet A Seattle Lexicon: Lingo from the Far Corner--An interpretive guide on slang, place names, shorthand expressions and nicknames for geography, places, streets, events, coffee, fish and miscellaneous leftovers in my hometown.
bullet Self-reference--This sentence defines self reference by example and notes that this site has many other examples of this fascinating concept.
Metamagical Themas
bullet Self-Referential and Other Nonsensical Sentences--A collection of self-referential and other types of confusing sentences, many of which are from Douglas Hofstadter's wonderful book, Metamagical Themas: Questing for the Essence of Mind and Pattern.
bullet Word.Net's Ambigram.Com--Ambigrams are words or phrases written so they can be read right side up or upside down; includes a fun Ambigram Generator.
bullet Words and Wordplays--A gallimaufry of logodaedaly and verbalistic legerdemain.

* It's OK to make mistakes. That's why pencils have erasers. 

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Updated July 11, 2012.