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

By William Safire

For the earlier twenty-five years americans have depended on Pulitzer Prize-winning wordsmith William Safire for his or her weekly dose of linguistic illumination in The ny instances Magazine's column "On Language" -- some of the most well known positive aspects of the journal and a Sunday-morning staple for innumerable fanatics. he's the main greatly learn author at the English language this present day.

Safire is the guru of latest 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 suitable note within the correct position on the correct Time marks the ebook of Safire's 16th booklet on language. This assortment is a vintage to be learn, re-read, loved and fought over. lovers, 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 certain to meet and pleasure.

Safire unearths fodder for his columns in politics and present occasions, in addition to in technological know-how, expertise, leisure and way of life. The self-proclaimed card-carrying language maven and pa grammarian isn't really above tackling his personal linguistic errors as he detects language traits and tracks phrases, words and clichés to their resource. Scholarly, wonderful and considerate, Safire's serious observations approximately language and slanguage are instantaneously provocative and enlightening.

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

The correct be aware within the correct position on the correct Time is an interesting, discovered 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 ebook 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 thrill readers, writers and notice fanatics in all places and spark the curiosity of somebody who has ever questioned, "Where did the word 'brazen hussy' come from?"

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