Watching My Language:: Adventures in the Word Trade

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Random House Publishing Group, Aug 3, 2011 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 320 pages
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America's most entertaining language maven is back with more words to live by in his latest exploration of hot catchphrases, syntactical controversies, and other matters of national linguistic importance.

Before you scratch that seven-year-itch, you might want to know where it came from. And before someone blurts, "You just don't get it,"  perhaps you should consult the Pulitzer Prize winning language columnist on the origins of that snappy feminist motto.
 

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It has been a while (LJ 5/1/91) since the last compilation of the New York Times "On Language" columns by Safire, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, author, journalist, and admitted "card-carrying ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
 
Get with the Program
Gifts of Gab
Gotcha Gang Strikes Again
Grammar Scandal
Greenhorn
Growing Down Grows Up
Perotmania vs Perotphobia
Etymons Wanted
Poetic Allusion Watch
Policy Wonkmanship
The PrepDroppers
Quick Henry the Fix
The Rage Rage
The Rap on HipHop

Hard Line
Hash At Slash Backslash Open Close Bang
Heads Up
Hyphenated Americans
Hypothalamus High
Impregnating the Pause
Inside the Circumferential Highway
In Your Face
Its a Rain Forest Out There
JumpStart Those Animal Spirits
Kinder Than Who?
Let Forthcoming Come Forth
Lets Kill All the Copy Editors
Linguistically Correct
Listing to Portmanteau
Lying Low
Mailbag
Manhandling the Handlers
McQueens English
Medlex
Dont Finish My You Sentence
Metaphor
Modifiers Lib
Multi Multi
Name That Disease
The New Omics
Nifty Gifties
Night Arrant
Noblesse Largesse
No Picnic
Not
Not Me
Ode on a GString
On Being Layered
Own Thing
O Ye Gates
Padding Pedantry
Parlour Game
Peaceese
Perotspeak
Reach Crescendo
The Retronymbles
Seize the Hour Day or Moment
The SevenYear Itch
Sighted Supersession Sank Same
Slim Pickings
Stulte Agitur Oeconomia
The Take on Voice
Declinism
Teeth on the Sidewalk
Tense Encounter
Theres No Wearware
The Third Way
30
This Ol House
To Remind
Tossing Our Cookies
An Unstaid Headsup
Virtual Reality
Voice Over
Warlords Bandits Thugs and Regional Leaders
Washington Tense
The Way the Poll Bounces
Wedges and Bounces
Whacking the Suits
Whack Youre Dead
What to Call the Russians
What to Do With Soviet?
When Putsch Comes to Coup
Wholly of Whollies
Who Trusts Whom?
The Winged Frog
Wise Guys Finish Last
Word Needed
Words of Wisdom
Zipping the Lip
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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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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