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Safire, William

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ISBN 10: 0385413009 / ISBN 13: 9780385413008
Published by Doubleday, New York, NY, U.S.A., 1991
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William Safire is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, former White House speechwriter, novelist, and language maven. COMING TO TERMS is an illuminating and witty collection of dozens of Safire's 'On Language' columns, which have appeared in the 'New York Times' and more than three hundred newspapers for twelve years. Fine, unread copy, in fine, mylar-protected dust jacket. B. Bookseller Inventory # 3676

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Publisher: Doubleday, New York, NY, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition, First Printing

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William Safire, Pulitzer Prize-winning columist, former White House speechwriter, and novelist. His "On Language" column has appeared in the New York Times and more than 300 newspapers. This book contains dozens of Safire's most illuminating and witty columns.

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In this seventh collection of his playful, witty, instructive "On Language" syndicated columns, Safire again reprints letters from members of the Gotcha Gang and the Nitpickers' League, and other readers who have their own two cents to add. Among his concerns in this batch, Safire explains why he hasn't used the phrase gilding the lily for 40 years ("Eschew certitude," he warns in this connection). He comments on the trend toward mispronunciation, giving ek-setera and reckonize as examples; looks into the origins of such words as bimbo and roundheels ; examines such euphemisms for lover as significant other , special friend and main squeeze ; pays tribute to Yogi Berra's mastery of the "bonaprop"; and reports what happened when the management of a San Francisco hotel adopted Safire's recommendation of putting a dictionary in every room. For those who care about language, or who just want to have fun, Safire delivers.
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