On Language

On Language William Safire is the most widely read writer on language in America In his witty way Mr Safire enlightens us concerning proper usage correct pronunciation the roots of our daily discourse and the

  • Title: On Language
  • Author: William Safire
  • ISBN: 9780812909371
  • Page: 297
  • Format: Hardcover
  • William Safire is the most widely read writer on language in America In his witty way, Mr Safire enlightens us concerning proper usage, correct pronunciation, the roots of our daily discourse, and the vacuous vogue lingo in which subsume is co opting co opt, wood burning stoves become energy systems, and stores that sell eyeglasses squint out at us as vision centeWilliam Safire is the most widely read writer on language in America In his witty way, Mr Safire enlightens us concerning proper usage, correct pronunciation, the roots of our daily discourse, and the vacuous vogue lingo in which subsume is co opting co opt, wood burning stoves become energy systems, and stores that sell eyeglasses squint out at us as vision centers He is aided in his campaign for precision and clarity in language by a legion of word buffs, language lovers, and learned eccentrics many of them world class wordsmen in their own right.Here are Mr Safire s delightful, crotchety, subtly informative, and awesomely informed comments, decisions, and advisories the best of his famous column in The New York Times Plus scores of letters written by enthusiastic or furious readers, who glory in nailing an expert to the wall.

    On Language On Language was a regular column in the weekly New York Times Magazine on the English language discussing popular etymology, new or unusual usages, and other language related topics The inaugural column was published on February , and it was a regular popular feature Many of the columns were collected in books. ON Language The ON Language mission is to facilitate learners acquisition and development of English language and global leadership skills. On Language Chomsky s Classic Works Language and Described by the New York Times as arguably the most important intellectual alive, Noam Chomsky is known throughout the world for his highly influential writings on language and politics Featuring two of Chomsky s most popular and enduring books in one omnibus volume, On Language contains some of the noted linguist and political critic s most informal and accessible work to date On Language by Noam Chomsky Two of Chomsky s most famous and accessible works available in an affordable and attractive edition Described by the New York Times as arguably the most important intellectual alive, Noam Chomsky is known throughout the world for his highly influential writings on language and politics Featuring On Language by William Safire William Safire is the most widely read writer on language in America In his witty way, Mr Safire enlightens us concerning proper usage, correct pronunciation, the roots of our daily discourse, and the vacuous vogue lingo in which subsume is co opting co opt, wood burning stoves become energy On Language William Safire Books On Language William Safire on FREE shipping on qualifying offers The former White House speech writer and incorrigibly waggish etymological bloodhound of The New York Times keeps the current state of the language on its toes with this collection of precision tuned columns Observations on What Is Language ThoughtCo May , Language, then, is the sum of all human experience since the beginning of humankind Without language, humans would be unable to express their feelings, thoughts, emotions, desires, and beliefs Without language, there could be no society and possibly no religion. Language On Schools English schools in Miami, Miami Choose your English School Language On Schools has locations in Miami, Miami Beach and Orlando Whether you want to be in sunny Miami Beach, in downtown Miami Brickell , or near Orlando s theme parks, all of our English schools offer study, fun and Florida sun

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    About “William Safire”

    1. William Safire

      William Lewis Safire was an American author, columnist, journalist and presidential speechwriter.He was perhaps best known as a long time syndicated political columnist for the New York Times and a regular contributor to On Language in the New York Times Magazine, a column on popular etymology, new or unusual usages, and other language related topics.

    901 thoughts on “On Language”

    1. I bought this at a "Friends of the Library" book sale while on vacation. It was a nice way to "extend" my vacation once I came home, since I think of that location while I'm reading it. Not that the book has anything at all to do with that location, it's just linked in my own head.So the book itself, severed from the association with my vacation, is okay. (Damning with faint praise, I know.) I really enjoyed it for about the first 1/3, was amused by the second 1/3, and felt like I was slogging t [...]


    2. I had picked it up for free, but after reading the first 10 columns or so I decided that it wasn't worth the time it would take to wade through it. It seems to try to be threading the needle between explaining common usage and holding up a standard to feel proud (snobbish) about, but it doesn't always hit the mark, and the included responses from readers were mostly attrocious. Additionally, the fact that it dates from the Reagan era means most of the "current-usage" or slang topics have all fad [...]


    3. I couldn't read this because a) it was so yellow-paged and gross and b) it's hardly a book made for reading straight though, just excerpts of his column. Interesting, though, what I did read: the state of our english language's evolution in 1980. But does it really matter whether we say "it is clear" or "clearly," and isn't it pretty pointless of me to find this interesting? And shouldn't I stop buying nasty old disintegrating books at the Goodwill then giving them back?


    4. Clarity and precision aren't the only things that matter, but they do matter, especially in journalism: that's essentially the position from which Safire wrote these columns, and it's a position I share, so this book is a friend of mine.




    5. This is my second copy of this book. I'd lost my copy I'd first gotten in 1981 in a move. You cannot write without some of the insights in this book. It is the style book in my opinion.


    6. A collection of Safire's newspaper columns in which he discusses the proper use of language. Fun to just browse through.


    7. "One nation, and a vegetable?" "Through the night with the light from a bulb?" I never knew that a commie like me could find a conservative pundit so charmingt, there it is.


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