Take my word for it: more On language
Times Books, 12.9.1986 - 357 sivua
A new collection of witty pieces of language from the bestselling and widely syndicated language columnist for The New York Times. Illustrated.
teoksessa on yksi hakutermiä "have a good one" vastaava sivu
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Great reading, especially if you like playing with words. This is a collection of Mr. Safire's "On Lanuguage" articles which were published in The New York Times Magazine, along with some of the responses of readers to the columns. He plays with language like a kid plays with favorite toys. Looking at origins of phrases, twists of meanings through time and misuses of words, most of his examples come from the political realm. He pokes fun at the great and mighty, and in the responses, is often called out for his real or perceived errors. This was put together in the 1980s, so many of the political mentions are from that time, which might stumble someone not familiar with that era. However, the focus is not politics, but words and wordplay. I found the whole discussion on the use of Ms. to be like a time capsule for me. I remember when women became very heated about that little word, and now it seems rather a non-issue for most women. The responses are great. Many from linguistic mavens, some from Picky Pollys, and others from the great and mighty ones Safire mentions in his articles. Aside from broadening my vocabulary, this has confirmed my thought that there is no grammar-linguistic god, because as soon as someone declares the truth, someone else pops up to knock them over.