Although safire makes an admirable case for adverbs and adjectives, advocates of strong verbs will be heartened to hear that he also: pleads for the preservation of the subjunctive mood; delivers, hot off the college campus, the latest lingo in which ‘rents means parents and yesterday’s wimps are today’s squids; decries the brevity-is-next-to-godliness literary school; bids farewell to anxiety it’s been replaced by trendy stress or swangst; noodles over such weighty geopolitical questions as “when an intercept of a fighter is a buzz”; bemoans the loss of roughage to fiber; and rides herd over the language spoken in Marlboro Country.
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Quoth the Maven: More on Language from William SafireRandom House #ad - The pulitzer prize-winning columnist discusses contemporary figures of speech, from witty stories about expressions such as "kiss and tell" and "stab in the back" to the evolution of "read my lips. Note: this edition does not include illustrations.
No Uncertain Terms: More Writing from the Popular "On Language" Column in The New York Times MagazineSimon & Schuster #ad - For many people, the first item on the agenda for sunday morning is to sit down and read Safire's "On Language" column in The New York Times Magazine, then to compose a "Gotcha" letter to the Times. Safire in his place or to offer detailed criticism, additional examples or amusing anecdotes. Known for his delight in catching people especially politicians who misuse words, he is not above tackling his own linguistic gaffes.
Safire is the beloved, language, usage and writing, speech, slightly crotchety guru of contemporary vocabulary, as close as we are likely to get to a modern Samuel Johnson. Scholarly, lively and thoughtful, entertaining, Safire's pointed commentaries on popular language and culture are at once provocative and enlightening.
No Uncertain Terms: More Writing from the Popular "On Language" Column in The New York Times Magazine #ad - Safire's profound love of the english language and his penchant for asking, "Where does that come from?" This new collection is a joy that will spark the interest of language lovers everywhere. Safire examines and comments on language trends and traces the origins of everyday words, phrases and clichés to their source.
Want the 411 on what's phat and what's skeevy? here's the "straight dope" on everything from "fast-track legislation" to "the full monty, "go figure" and hundreds more, twist the usage of or misunderstand the meaning of such classic examples of American idiom as "grow'd like Topsy, " "drop a dime" on someone, together with sharp, " "and the horse you rode in on, " with deft and well-directed potshots at those who criticize, witty and passionately opinionated letters from both ordinary readers and equally irate or puzzled celebrities who have been unable to resist picking up a pen to put Mr.
Not only "a blast and a half, clever and illuminating, " but wise, it is a book that Mencken would have loved and that should be on the desk or at the bedside of everyone who shares Mr. William safire has written the weekly New York Times Magazine column "On Language" since 1979.
Watching My Language:: Adventures in the Word TradeRandom House #ad - America's most entertaining language maven is back with more words to live by in his latest exploration of hot catchphrases, syntactical controversies, and other matters of national linguistic importance. Before you scratch that seven-year-itch, you might want to know where it came from. And before someone blurts, "you just don't get it, " perhaps you should consult the Pulitzer Prize winning language columnist on the origins of that snappy feminist motto.
How Not to Write: The Essential Misrules of GrammarW. W. Norton & Company #ad - Each mini-chapter starts by stating a misrule like "Don't use Capital letters without good REASON. Safire then follows up with solid and entertaining advice on language, grammar, and life. He covers a vast territory from capitalization, the double negative, dangling participles, and semi-colons to contractions, run-on sentences, split infinitives it turns out you can split one if done meaningfully, and even onomatopoeia.
He tells you the correct way to write and then tells you when it is all right to break the rules. These fifty humorous misrules of grammar will open the eyes of writers of all levels to fine style. How not to write is a wickedly witty book about grammar, usage, and style. In this lighthearted guide, he chooses the most common and perplexing concerns of writers new and old.
How Not to Write: The Essential Misrules of Grammar #ad - William safire, the author of the new york times magazine column "On Language, " homes in on the "essential misrules of grammar, " those mistakes that call attention to the major rules and regulations of writing. Originally published under the title Fumblerules.
In Love with Norma LoquendiRandom House #ad - The pulitzer prize-winning columnist describes his lifelong fascination with Norma Loquendi--common speech--in a collection of columns that celebrates the mysteries and continual evolution of the English language.
Coming to TermsDoubleday #ad - When william safire delineates the difference between misinformation and disinformation or “distances himself” from clichés, people sit up and take notice. John haim of new york sets in concrete what properly to call a cement truck, while Charlton Heston challenges an interpretation of Hamlet’s “to take arms against a sea of troubles” and Gene Shalit passes along his favorite Yogi Berra-ism.
Coming to Terms #ad - . Which is not to say that safire’s readers always take the punning pundit at his word: they don’t, and he’s got the letters to prove it. Among the entries in coming to terms, this all-new collection of Safire’s “On Language” columns, you’ll read the repartee of Lexicographic Irregulars great and small.
Bringing them all together are dozens of Safire’s most illuminating and witty columns, from “Right Stuffing” to “Getting Whom. When william safire comes to terms, there’s never a dull moment.
The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time: Wit and Wisdom from the Popular "On Language" Column in The New York Times MagazineSimon & Schuster #ad - Exposing linguistic hooey and rigamarole and filled with safire's trademark wisdom, writers and word lovers everywhere and spark the interest of anyone who has ever wondered, this book has a place on the desk or bedside table of all who share his profound love of the English language -- as well as his penchant for asking "What does that mean?" Or, "Wassat?" This new collection is sure to delight readers, "Where did the phrase 'brazen hussy' come from?" .
Dedicated and disputatious readers itch to pick up each column and respond to the week's linguistic wisdom with a gotcha letter to the Times. Safire is america's go-to guy when it comes to language, and he has included sharp and passionately opinionated letters from readers across the English-speaking world who have been unable to resist picking up a pen to put the maven himself in his place or to offer alternate interpretations, additional examples, amusing anecdotes or just props.
The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time: Wit and Wisdom from the Popular "On Language" Column in The New York Times Magazine #ad - Safire finds fodder for his columns in politics and current events, as well as in science, technology, entertainment and daily life. The right word in the right Place at the Right Time marks the publication of Safire's sixteenth book on language. Fans, like its predecessors, critics and fellow linguists wait with bated from the French abattre "to beat down" breath for each new anthology -- and, this one is bound to satisfy and delight.
Scholarly, entertaining and thoughtful, Safire's critical observations about language and slanguage are at once provocative and enlightening. Safire is the guru of contemporary vocabulary, language, speech, usage and writing. The self-proclaimed card-carrying language maven and pop grammarian is not above tackling his own linguistic blunders as he detects language trends and tracks words, phrases and clichés to their source.