Language Maven Strikes Again
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Nov 16, 2011 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 447 pages
Good news! America’s master wordsmith strikes again with a new collection of erudite, witty, provocative, sometimes barbed, 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).
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Honestly, I know nothing of the author but I do know his research is questionable. As I am writing an essay on the Olga Company and its hostile take-over in the 1980s I have google Olga, my mother, to see what fodder is available. I was surprised that William Safire questions the authenticity of Olga Erteszek which is strange since there is so much information in the inter-net about her including Wikipedia .
What this shows, in my opinion that too many writers reply on others to do there research. Mr. Safire I suggest you dig deeper next go around. Olga indeed was the Olga behind The Olga Company, along with her husband-my father who together created a exceptional company which unfortunately was brought down in a hostile take-over in a Michael Milken junk bond acquisition .