CRAIG CONLEY (Prof. Oddfellow) is recognized by Encarta as “America’s most creative and diligent scholar of letters, words and punctuation.” He has been called a “language fanatic” by Page Six gossip columnist Cindy Adams, a “cult hero” by Publisher’s Weekly, and “a true Renaissance man of the modern era, diving headfirst into comprehensive, open-minded study of realms obscured or merely obscure” by Clint Marsh. An eccentric scholar, Conley’s ideas are often decades ahead of their time. He invented the concept of the “virtual pet” in 1980, fifteen years before the debut of the popular “Tamagotchi” in Japan. His virtual pet, actually a rare flower, still thrives and has reached an incomprehensible size. Conley’s website is OneLetterWords.com.
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Found 11 posts tagged ‘one-letter words’


September 19, 2019 (permalink)

It is an outright lie that there are very few one-letter words and that they're rarely misspelled.  For proof, see One-Letter Words: A Dictionary.  This false quotation is from Word Juggler User's Manual, 1984.
> read more from The Right Word . . .
#one-letter words
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May 5, 2019 (permalink)

We're thankful for this 5-star review of the One-Letter Words Quiz Deck over at Amazon:
"Craig Conley is a genius and these are wonderful. Learning these pieces of knowledge will make you more interesting at parties and attractive."

> read more from Go Out in a Blaze of Glory . . .
#one-letter words
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May 4, 2019 (permalink)

Previously, while staying in a Los Angeles hotel casita, we were surprised to find our dictionary of one-letter words sitting atop a Red Letter Teacher's Edition Bible.  
(Is it an ironic pairing of a best-seller with a non-starter?  Or is it a visual joke, like "Alpha[bet] and Omega?)  We recall Jasper Fforde's The Eyre Affair (with its charming, time-bending solution to the true authorship of the Shakespeare plays) in which a motel drawer features a Gideon Bible, the teachings of Buddha, Thoughts Of St. Zvlkxand the complete works of the Bard (among other things).
> read more from Go Out in a Blaze of Glory . . .
#bible #dictionary #one-letter words #alpha and omega #ironic pairing
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April 29, 2019 (permalink)

We've always imagined it floating in a cloud of incense: our quiz deck of one-letter words from Pomegranate.  The dream is finally a reality, as the Tarotist and all-around wizard Holy Mountaineering unboxed the deck in his hallowed studio.  Delighted!
> read more from Go Out in a Blaze of Glory . . .
#one-letter words
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April 4, 2019 (permalink)

Turns out that none of our books are about what they seem to be.  This we learned from a friend in Australia, who has a special perspective on things (as we all know, everything in Australia is upside down).  So imagine our surprise upon re-reading the world's unlikeliest script, The Dictionary of One-Letter Words: The Movie.  Mind blown!
> read more from This May Surprise You . . .
#one-letter words #film script #screenwriting
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March 30, 2019 (permalink)

They said it was utterly unfilmable, as unfilmable as William Burroughs' Naked Lunch.  A dictionary made into a movie?  And not just any dictionary — the Dictionary of One-Letter Words.  The script, illustrated with photos and storyboards, is finally available in print.  Yes, it's The Dictionary of One-Letter Words: The Movie.
> read more from This May Surprise You . . .
#one-letter words #film script #unfilmable
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February 27, 2016 (permalink)

Can it be true that there's a "curse of one-letter words," as per this commentary piece by Michael Carley?  We can now affirm that there is, indeed, a curse of one-letter words.  We were victimized by it when the Barnes & Noble book chain refused to stock our One-Letter Words: A Dictionary, published by HarperCollins.  Our book is now out of print, except on Kindle, but if you encounter a hardcover copy somewhere in the world, we can assure you of one thing: though there is a curse of one-letter words, our dictionary does not constitute a demonic bible or otherwise forbidden reference.

> read more from The Right Word . . .
#one-letter words #f word #n word
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July 7, 2015 (permalink)

What do we like about this crossword-like design from The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, translated by R. F. Burton, 1894?  Those squares for one-letter words!

> read more from Puzzles and Games . . .
#crossword #tile design #arabian nights #one-letter words
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February 23, 2013 (permalink)

Here is some one-letter maledicta from Life, 1918.  To decipher what those letters mean, see One-Letter Words: A Dictionary.

> read more from The Right Word . . .
#vintage illustration #art #one-letter words #maledicta
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September 13, 2012 (permalink)

Geof Huth told us that he just acquired an uncorrected proof of One-Letter Words: A Dictionary, the first in a collection of uncorrected dictionary proofs.  We're now hoping that O.L.W.'s proof is riddled with errors and constitutes a wicked reference like The Wicked Bible of 1631 (though that one, if memory serves, is merely missing a "not" in one of the Commandments).  We love the idea of uncorrected proofs deliberately being cited as [faulty] evidence.  We didn't think to tell Geof this, but we're picturing an entire research project in which every single footnote references an uncorrected proof.  No one has any reason to know this, but when we appeared at O.L.W. book signings/talks, we read favorite one-letter words from the uncorrected proof.  Our talks were technically illegitimate, springing from liminal matter that wasn't quite the "thing" itself.  We didn't do it as some sort of art piece (more fool we) but were merely caught between worlds: a reclusive writer publicly reading from a softcover of a hardcover to people listening but not buying any of it.

> read more from I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought . . .
#one-letter words #geof huth #strange dictionary
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April 16, 2009 (permalink)

Here's a kiss and hug (X and O, in the shorthand of love notes), by way of the One Letter Words Quiz Deck by Pomegranate.
> read more from Puzzles and Games :: Tic Tac Toe Story Generator . . .
#card deck #pomegranate #one-letter words #x and o #trivia
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