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  • Perfect Paperback: 145 pages
  • Publisher: Vocabula Books; First edition (August 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097743687X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977436873
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,694,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Language not only expresses our thoughts, it shapes them as well. Robert Hartwell Fiske has a very special expertise with language as the editor and publisher of "The Vocabula Review," a publication dedicated to the study of language. He applies that expertise in "Silence, Language, & Society: A Guide to Style and Meaning, Grace and Compassion," a pocket-sized compendium of information and insight that will prove invaluable for students of the English language, as well as writers aspiring to a deft and definitive elegance in whatever they choose to write about. How words, language and thoughts intermingle, their relationship with "silence and society" is the focus of this remarkable little volume that contains definitions, word usage examples, and such miscellanea as imprecations and misspent words. "Silence, Language, & Society" is a treat for anyone who finds the study of the English language to be of interest either as a pastime or a profession. --Midwest Book Review

About the Author

Robert Hartwell Fiske is the editor and publisher of The Vocabula Review.

More About the Author

Robert Hartwell Fiske is the editor and publisher of The Vocabula Review (www.vocabula.com), since 1999 an online journal about the English language. He also publishes The Daily Vocabula, a free M-F email that offers sections on disagreeable English, elegant English, concise writing, and scarcely used words.

He is the author of:

* The Dictionary of Unendurable English (Scribner)
* To the Point: The Dictionary of Concise Writing (W. W. Norton)
* Elegant English (Vocabula Books)


He is the owner of Vocabula Communications Company (www.vocabula.com/VCC.asp), which consists of The Vocabula Review, The Daily Vocabula, Vocabula Books, and Language Guardian.

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Language not only expresses out thoughts, it shapes them as well. Robert Hartwell Fiske has a very special expertise with language as the editor and publisher of 'The Vocabula Review', a publication dedicated to the study of language. He applies that expertise in "Silence, Language, & Society: A Guide To Style And Meaning, Grace And Compassion", a pocket-sized compendium of information and insight that will prove invaluable for students of the English language, as well as writers aspiring to a deft and definitive elegance in whatever they choose to write about. How words, language and thoughts intermingle, their relationship with 'silence and society' is the focus of this remarkable little volume that continues definitions, word usage examples, and such miscellanea as imprecations and misspent words. "Silence, Language, & Society" is a treat for anyone who finds the study of the English language to be of interest either as a pastime or a profession.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Slade Allenbury on September 9, 2009
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Robert Hartwell Fiske is one of the most quotable writers alive, and "Silence, Language & Society" positively oozes epigrammatic sentences from every page. If you like great writing, and if you enjoy reading pithy observations about language, literature, and life, you owe it to yourself to get a copy of this book. Here is just a small sampling of the gems to be found within its pages:

"Alas, where one man sees a goal - bright, beautiful, magnificent - another sees a gargoyle - ugly, repulsive, grotesque. Goal or gargoyle, magnificent or monstrous, still, let us not, at the end of our lives, have cause to curse the cowardliness with which we lived them."

"Be silent and all you neglected to consider, all you failed to feel, all you hoped to say will unfold before you."

"Life is measured by its meaning, and a good deal of that meaning is inherent in the words we use. If so many of our words are superfluous - and thus do not signify - so much of our life is, ineluctably, meaningless."

"A person who expresses himself with genuineness instead of in jargon, with feeling instead of with formulas, is capable as few have been, as few are, and as few will be; this is a person to heed."

"The only meaning in life is what we assign to it. Similarly, we assign meaning to the principal way we express meaning, to our words. If we fail to observe the meaning of our words, we contribute to the meaninglessness of our lives."

"Swear words are among the least expressive words available to us. They are boring and boorish at once. Using scatological phrases and swear words no longer shocks anyone and suggests only that you are not clever enough to think of better, more meaningful words.
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