The Years of Talking Dangerously (Google eBook)

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PublicAffairs, Jan 1, 2009 - Humor - 288 pages
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?There has never been, OCO Nunberg writes, ?an age as wary as ours of the tricks words can play, obscuring distinctions and smoothing over the corrugations of the actual world.... Yet as advertisers and marketers know, our mistrust of words doesnOCOt inoculate us against them.OCO These are the years of talking dangerously, and Nunberg is a sure guide to the pitfalls. With illuminating intelligence and devastating humor, Nunberg decodes the changing syntax of "Time Magazine," explains why grammar buffs are drawn to sarcasm, and deftly unpacks the telling phrases of our national conversation, from "progressive" to "elite" to "change"?not to mention "national conversation" itself."
  

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Review: The Years of Talking Dangerously

User Review  - Tara - Goodreads

Officially giving up on this book as of today. Mostly a series of dated pot-shots at a former president. Didn't hold my interest at all, even as a commuter-read. Read full review

Review: The Years of Talking Dangerously

User Review  - Sarah - Goodreads

This is a case where the whole is less than the sum of its parts. Printing 5-minute radio pieces in book form might seem like a good idea (and maybe it would be, if it were an anthology such as This I ... Read full review

Contents

WATCHING OUR WORDS By Heart 3
3
Redskin Blues 7
7
Word of the Year 11
11
Size Doesnt Matter 16
16
The Style Is the Mag 20
20
Indecent Exposure 24
24
The Regressive Urge 28
28
Puttin on the Style 32
32
Letting the Net Speak for Itself 136
136
The Age of Valentines 141
141
A Wikis as Good as a Nod 145
145
All Thumbs 150
150
SYMBOLS Values Play 157
157
Test of Faith 161
161
A Duck by Any Other Name 165
165
Make Our Bed and Well Say Our Grace 170
170

Pause for Thought 36
36
Under the Bus 40
40
PLAYING POLITICS The Language of Abuse 47
47
One for Flinching 51
51
Le Tic Cest lHomme Même 55
55
Moderate to a Fault 59
59
Even in English Its Hard to Translate 63
63
The Book of Samuels 67
67
Touchy Arent We? 72
72
Progressive to a Fault 76
76
IslamoCreepsWould Be More Accurate 81
81
Wars and Word Games 85
85
Chump Change 89
89
Conversation Stopper 93
93
The Real Thing 97
97
The Ism Dismalest of All 102
102
Just a Thing Called Joe 107
107
ENGLISH 20 Blogging in the Global Lunchroom 115
115
Touched by the Turn of a Page 119
119
Lowercasing the Internet 126
126
Teaching Students to Swim in the Online Sea 130
130
This Isnt Patriotism 174
174
Civility Wars 179
179
Where the Elites Meet 183
183
THE PASSING SCENE Branding the Phonetosphere 189
189
When Words Break Down 193
193
An Adjective for Cakes but Not for Bill Gates 198
198
Lifestyle Choice 201
201
Last Planet Standing 205
205
The Romantic Side of Familiar Issues 209
209
The Language of Eve 213
213
Say Youre Sorry 217
217
The Uses of Hypocrisy 221
221
The Entrepreneurial Spirit 225
225
True Brit 229
229
The Language of Death 233
233
Marriage Knot 237
237
Honor Be to Mudjekeewis 241
241
Word Index 243
243
Subject Index 249
249
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About the author (2009)

Geoffrey Nunberg is a linguist who teaches at the University of California at Berkeley’s School of Information and is the former chair of the American Heritage Dictionary’s Usage Panel. His commentaries on language and politics have appeared regularly in the Sunday New York Times and on NPR’s “Fresh Air.” The author of Going Nucular, Talking Right, and The Way We Talk Now, Nunberg lives in San Francisco, California.