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.
Language Maven Strikes AgainDoubleday #ad - Good news! america’s master wordsmith strikes again with a new collection of erudite, witty, sometimes barbed, provocative, frequently hilarious “On Language” columns. Published in the new york times and syndicated in more than three hundred other newspapers, these opinions from the “Supreme Court of Current English Usage” cover everything from the bottom line on tycoonese and the accesses* of computerese to portmanteau words like televangelist and Draconomics the language maven’s own plan for our bloated economy.
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wimps are today’s squids; decries the brevity-is-next-to-godliness literary school; bids farewell to anxiety it’s been replaced by trendy stress or swangst; noodles over such weighty geopolitical questions as “when an intercept of a fighter is a buzz”; bemoans the loss of roughage to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.
Language Maven Strikes Again #ad - More good news! safire again spices his own wit and wisdom with correspondence from Lexicographic irregulars, those zealous readers and letter writers who reply to his columns with praise, scorn, corrections and nitpicks—anything to match wits with Super-maven. If you could look it up and take my word for It occupy prominent spots in your bookcase, then Language Maven Strikes Again belongs there too.
If they don’t, then begin with this Safire and work your way back. That’s not a typo—that’s a pun.
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. 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.
Coming to Terms #ad - 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. 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.
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.
How Not to Write: The Essential Misrules of GrammarW. W. Norton & Company #ad - In this lighthearted guide, he chooses the most common and perplexing concerns of writers new and old. Originally published under the title Fumblerules. 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.
How Not to Write: The Essential Misrules of Grammar #ad - He covers a vast territory from capitalization, and semi-colons to contractions, run-on sentences, dangling participles, the double negative, split infinitives it turns out you can split one if done meaningfully, and even onomatopoeia. 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.
He tells you the correct way to write and then tells you when it is all right to break the rules. 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.
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.
No Uncertain Terms: More Writing from the Popular "On Language" Column in The New York Times MagazineSimon & Schuster #ad - Each of his books on language is a classic, to be read, re-read and fought over. The subjects for his columns come from his insights into the current political scene, as well as from technology, entertainment and life in general. 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, " "drop a dime" on someone, together with sharp, " with deft and well-directed potshots at those who criticize, "go figure" and hundreds more, " "and the horse you rode in on, twist the usage of or misunderstand the meaning of such classic examples of American idiom as "grow'd like Topsy, 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.
Known for his delight in catching people especially politicians who misuse words, he is not above tackling his own linguistic gaffes. Safire in his place or to offer detailed criticism, additional examples or amusing anecdotes. Scholarly, entertaining, lively and thoughtful, 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. His observations on grammar, usage and etymology have led to the publication of fourteen "word books" and have made him the most widely read writer on the English language today.
There is no wittier, more amiable or more astute word maven than Pulitzer Prizewinning columnist William Safire.
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 - For the past twenty-five years americans have relied on pulitzer prize-winning wordsmith William Safire for their weekly dose of linguistic illumination in The New York Times Magazine's column "On Language" -- one of the most popular features of the magazine and a Sunday-morning staple for innumerable fans.
Scholarly, entertaining and thoughtful, Safire's critical observations about language and slanguage are at once provocative and enlightening. He is the most widely read writer on the English language today. 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.
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 - Exposing linguistic hooey and rigamarole and filled with safire's trademark wisdom, 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, writers and word lovers everywhere and spark the interest of anyone who has ever wondered, "Wassat?" This new collection is sure to delight readers, "Where did the phrase 'brazen hussy' come from?" .
Safire is america's go-to guy when it comes to language, additional examples, 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, amusing anecdotes or just props.
The right word in the right place at the Right Time is a fascinating, learned and piquant look at the oddities and foibles that find their way into the English language. 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.
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.