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

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

William Safire


For the previous twenty-five years americans have trusted Pulitzer Prize-winning wordsmith William Safire for his or her weekly dose of linguistic illumination in The big apple instances Magazine's column "On Language" -- the most renowned positive aspects of the journal and a Sunday-morning staple for innumerable lovers. he's the main largely learn author at the English language at the present time.

Safire is the guru of up to date vocabulary, speech, language, utilization and writing. devoted and disputatious readers itch to select up every one column and reply to the week's linguistic knowledge with a gotcha letter to the Times. the proper be aware within the correct position on the correct Time marks the ebook of Safire's 16th publication on language. This assortment is a vintage to be learn, re-read, loved and fought over. fanatics, critics and fellow linguists wait with bated (from the French abattre "to beat down") breath for every new anthology -- and, like its predecessors, this one is sure to meet and enjoyment.

Safire reveals fodder for his columns in politics and present occasions, in addition to in technology, expertise, leisure and lifestyle. The self-proclaimed card-carrying language maven and dad grammarian isn't really above tackling his personal linguistic error as he detects language traits and tracks phrases, words and clichés to their resource. Scholarly, pleasing and considerate, Safire's severe observations approximately language and slanguage are instantaneously provocative and enlightening.

Safire is America's go-to man by way of language, and he has incorporated sharp and passionately opinionated letters from readers around the English-speaking international who've been not able to withstand making a choice on up a pen to place the maven himself in his position or to provide trade interpretations, extra examples, a laugh anecdotes or simply props.

The correct note within the correct position on the correct Time is an interesting, realized and piquant examine the eccentricities and foibles that locate their approach into the English language. Exposing linguistic hooey and rigamarole and packed with Safire's trademark knowledge, this publication has a spot at the table or bedside desk of all who proportion his profound love of the English language -- in addition to his penchant for asking "What does that mean?" Or, "Wassat?"

This new assortment is certain to please readers, writers and notice fans in all places and spark the curiosity of an individual who has ever questioned, "Where did the word 'brazen hussy' come from?"

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