Coming to Terms

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Doubleday #ad - Among the entries in coming to terms, this all-new collection of Safire’s “On Language” columns, you’ll read the repartee of Lexicographic Irregulars great and small. John haim of new york sets in concrete what properly to call a cement truck, while Charlton Heston challenges an interpretation of Hamlet’s “to take arms against a sea of troubles” and Gene Shalit passes along his favorite Yogi Berra-ism.

Coming to Terms #ad - Which is not to say that safire’s readers always take the punning pundit at his word: they don’t, and he’s got the letters to prove it. Bringing them all together are dozens of Safire’s most illuminating and witty columns, from “Right Stuffing” to “Getting Whom. When william safire comes to terms, there’s never a dull moment.

When william safire delineates the difference between misinformation and disinformation or “distances himself” from clichés, people sit up and take notice.

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Quoth the Maven: More on Language from William Safire

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Random House #ad - The pulitzer prize-winning columnist discusses contemporary figures of speech, from witty stories about expressions such as "kiss and tell" and "stab in the back" to the evolution of "read my lips. Note: this edition does not include illustrations.

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Watching My Language:: Adventures in the Word Trade

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Random House #ad - Watching My Language:: Adventures in the Word Trade #ad - 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. 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.

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Lend Me Your Ears: Great Speeches in History

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RosettaBooks #ad - This book provides a wealth of valuable examples of great oratory for writers, speakers, and history aficionados. Speeches in lend me Your Ears span a broad stretch of history, from Gen. From a pulitzer prize–winning author, this collection of speeches is “the most valuable kind of book, the kind that benefits mind and heart” Peggy Noonan.

Lend Me Your Ears: Great Speeches in History #ad - This third edition of the bestselling collection of classic and modern oratory offers numerous examples of the greatest speeches ever delivered—from the ancient world to the modern. Gore decision that changed the landscape of American politics in our time. Editor william safire has collected a diverse range of speeches from both ancient and modern times, from people of many different backgrounds and political affiliations, and from people on both sides of history’s greatest battles and events.

George patton inspiring allied troops on the eve of d-day to pericles’s impassioned eulogy for fallen Greek soldiers during the Peloponnesian War; and from Jesus of Nazareth’s greatest sermons to Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s fiery speech in response to the Bush vs.  .

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In Love with Norma Loquendi

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Random House #ad - 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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Language Maven Strikes Again

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Doubleday #ad - Good news!  america’s master wordsmith strikes again with a new collection of erudite, provocative, witty, 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.

Although safire makes an admirable case for adverbs and adjectives, hot off the college campus, advocates of strong verbs will be heartened to hear that he also:  pleads for the preservation of the subjunctive mood; delivers, the latest lingo in which ‘rents means parents and yesterday’s wimps are today’s squids; decries the brevity-is-next-to-godliness literary school; bids farewell to anxiety it’s been replaced by trendy stress or swangst; noodles over such weighty geopolitical questions as “when an intercept of a fighter is a buzz”; bemoans the loss of roughage to fiber; and rides herd over the language spoken in Marlboro Country.

Language Maven Strikes Again #ad - More good news!  safire again spices his own wit and wisdom with correspondence from Lexicographic irregulars, those zealous readers and letter writers who reply to his columns with praise, scorn, corrections and nitpicks—anything to match wits with Super-maven. If you could look it up and take my word for It occupy prominent spots in your bookcase, then Language Maven Strikes Again belongs there too.

If they don’t, then begin with this Safire and work your way back. That’s not a typo—that’s a pun.

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How Not to Write: The Essential Misrules of Grammar

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W. W. Norton & Company #ad - Each mini-chapter starts by stating a misrule like "Don't use Capital letters without good REASON. Safire then follows up with solid and entertaining advice on language, grammar, and life. In this lighthearted guide, he chooses the most common and perplexing concerns of writers new and old. These fifty humorous misrules of grammar will open the eyes of writers of all levels to fine style.

How not to write is a wickedly witty book about grammar, usage, and style. Originally published under the title Fumblerules. He covers a vast territory from capitalization, the double negative, dangling participles, and semi-colons to contractions, split infinitives it turns out you can split one if done meaningfully, run-on sentences, and even onomatopoeia.

How Not to Write: The Essential Misrules of Grammar #ad - He tells you the correct way to write and then tells you when it is all right to break the rules. William safire, " homes in on the "essential misrules of grammar, the author of the New York Times Magazine column "On Language, " those mistakes that call attention to the major rules and regulations of writing.

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The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time: Wit and Wisdom from the Popular "On Language" Column in The New York Times Magazine

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Simon & Schuster #ad - This collection is a classic to be read, re-read, enjoyed and fought over. For the past twenty-five years americans have relied on pulitzer prize-winning wordsmith William Safire for their weekly dose of linguistic illumination in The New York Times Magazine's column "On Language" -- one of the most popular features of the magazine and a Sunday-morning staple for innumerable fans.

Fans, critics and fellow linguists wait with bated from the French abattre "to beat down" breath for each new anthology -- and, like its predecessors, this one is bound to satisfy and delight. He is the most widely read writer on the English language today. The right word in the right place at the Right Time is a fascinating, learned and piquant look at the oddities and foibles that find their way into the English language.

Exposing linguistic hooey and rigamarole and filled with safire's trademark wisdom, writers and word lovers everywhere and spark the interest of anyone who has ever wondered, this book has a place on the desk or bedside table of all who share his profound love of the English language -- as well as his penchant for asking "What does that mean?" Or, "Wassat?" This new collection is sure to delight readers, "Where did the phrase 'brazen hussy' come from?" .

Safire is america's go-to guy when it comes to language, and he has included sharp and passionately opinionated letters from readers across the English-speaking world who have been unable to resist picking up a pen to put the maven himself in his place or to offer alternate interpretations, additional examples, amusing anecdotes or just props.

The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time: Wit and Wisdom from the Popular "On Language" Column in The New York Times Magazine #ad - Safire is the guru of contemporary vocabulary, speech, language, usage and writing. Scholarly, entertaining and thoughtful, Safire's critical observations about language and slanguage are at once provocative and enlightening. Safire finds fodder for his columns in politics and current events, as well as in science, technology, entertainment and daily life.

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