In Love with Norma Loquendi

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Random House Publishing Group, Oct 12, 2011 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 368 pages
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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.

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This latest collection of Safire's (Quoth the Maven, LJ 8/93) internationally syndicated columns on language will appeal to language buffs and mavens. How did it come to be that one kind of bubba ... Read full review


Account of No Account
Acronym Watch
Balloon Goes Up on War Words
Brits Tommies Poms Limeys and Kippers
Ad Infinitum
Gifts of Gab
Greenhouse Effect
Happy Soft Landings
Healing Wings
HED Folo My Lede UNHED
Heeeres George
Hitting Todays Ceiling
Hows That Again?

LastMinute Bloopie Entry
Drop the Gun Louie
Who Jests at Scarify
Heaven the Thought
Bubba Can You Paradigm?
Budget Brightness
Cache in the Wry
Calling Colin Colon
Callous My Foot
Can You Handle This?
Chappy Chanukah
Both  As Well As
Cosmetological Chartist
Counting Census Mistakes
The Crackdown Watch
The Crucial Trucial
Dark Words of Disapproval
Degrading Attrition
Denouncing Denouncement
Done Deal
Egad an Adage
Empowerment and Denouncement
Enclavery Zone
Endgame War Game
Face Time
Fair Exchange?
Fine Line
Floating Naming Game
Fluffya Slang
A Foreign Affair
Foreign Guests and Hostages
Friendly Enemies
Garden Party Whatsit
The German Answer
If You Will
I Like Icon
In Harms Way
Is Concerned Is Concerned
Isnt It Rich?
Rich Soak
Hit the Pound Sign
The Militant Mitigator
Misplaced Mod
The Mood of Tude
Moving the Goalposts
The New Contras
My Aching BackFormation
With the Light Brown Hair
One Hundred Dads
Ro Ro Ro Your Boat
Shnorring the Burden
Sign Here
Squad Squad Report Report
Looking Askance
The Double Is
Terrible Television
Rosie the Riveting
Peach Cobbling
Rules of Engaging
Nothing Daunting
Naked Aggression
Draw the Line
Meg Heg

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About the author (2011)

William Safire joined the New York Times in 1973 as a political columnist, where he also writes a Sunday column, "On Language," about grammar, usage, and etymology. The author of several books including Freedom, Full Disclosure, and Scandalmonger, he is the winner of the 1978 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary and served nine years as a member of the Pulitzer Board.

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