On Language

On Language I registered a book at BookCrossing.com 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 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 RightHere 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 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. 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. If you love words, this is a fantastic collection.Pick a page, any page. A collection of Safire s newspaper columns in which he discusses the proper use of language Fun to just browse through. 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 charmingyet, there it is. 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 faded away. 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

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.

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  • Hardcover
  • 331 pages
  • On Language
  • William Safire
  • English
  • 08 November 2019
  • 9780812909371

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