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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 357 pages
  • Publisher: Crown; 1st edition (July 12, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812913248
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812913248
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,114,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In this fifth collection of "On Language" pieces, the New York Times columnist again provides a forum for readers who wish to discuss matters further. Many of Safire's columns evoke vigorous response, such as the one on President Reagan's description of the Marines' withdrawal from Lebanon in '84at linguistic issue was an acceptable euphemism for retreat. Of the Miss/Mrs./Ms. controversy Safire writes: "It breaks my heart to suggest this, but the time has come for Ms." In the same vein, he calls for a codification of "electronic etiquette" in word-processor communication: Dear So-and-so "seems out of place when written in green letters on a black screen." He passes along useful coinages from readers, such as biopanic , "the physiological process of a woman's biological clock insisting that she start having babies." Not one to take himself too seriously as America's Language Maven, Safire admits to a fondness for concocting women's names (Helena Handbasket et al.), bringing on a flood of delightful silliness from readers. Also included in the collection is a reprint of the author's New York Times Magazine article on political rhetoric, a witty critique of oratorical and anti-oratorical performances at the 1984 Democratic convention.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

William Safire began his writing career as a reporter, became a speechwriter in the Nixon White House, and re-crossed the street to write an Op-Ed column in the New York Times for the next three decades. He also wrote the weekly "On Language" column in the New York Times Magazine. He was a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for commentary and the Medal of Freedom.

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