Going Nucular: Language, Politics, and Culture in Confrontational Times (Google eBook)

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PublicAffairs, 2009 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 352 pages
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The "Fresh Air" commentator and "New York Times" contributor artfully shows how our use of language reveals the true mindset of contemporary America

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User Review  - Ronald Wise - Goodreads

A dangerously enjoyable collection of the author's more interesting commentaries – from both radio and print – regarding the origin and/or evolution of how certain words are used in our modern ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mary Whisner - Goodreads

Delightful short pieces ("Fresh Air" commentaries and newspaper pieces) on language. I particularly liked the one about the negative branding of "liberal." Why is it that newspapers use "middle-class ... Read full review


Introduction xi
Plastics 3
Caucasian Talk Circles 12
Lamenting Some Enforced Chastity 21
Beating Their Brows 29
When Words Fail 39
It All Started with Robespierre 51
A Couple of Words for Nothing Left to Lose 79
A Date to Remember 155
The Last Refuge of Scoundrels and Other People 163
Rush Limbaughs Plurals 175
For Love or Money 199
As Google Goes So Goes the Nation 227
The Icebox Goeth 238
The Bloody Crossroads of Grammar and Politics 246
There Are No Postmodernists in a Foxhole 275

Well Always Have Kirkuk 92
So Sorry 99
Interested Parties 107
If Its Orwellian Its Probably Not 121
Geezers Gerries and Golden Agers 300
Subject Index 313

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About the author (2009)

He is a principal scientist at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center & a consulting professor in the Department of Linguistics at Stanford University. He is also chair of the Usage Panel of The American Heritage Dictionary of the english Language. He lives in San Francisco.

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