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When William Safire delineates the difference between misinformation and disinformation or a€œdistances himselfa€ from clichAcs, people sit up and take notice. Which is not to say that Safirea€™s readers always take the punning pundit at his word: they dona€™t, and hea€™s got the letters to prove it. Among the entries in Coming to Terms, this all-new collection of Safirea€™s a€œOn Languagea€ columns, youa€™ll read the repartee of Lexicographic Irregulars great and small. John Haim of New York sets in concrete what properly to call a cement truck, while Charlton Heston challenges an interpretation of Hamleta€™s a€œto take arms against a sea of troublesa€ and Gene Shalit passes along his favorite Yogi Berra-ism. Bringing them all together are dozens of Safirea€™s most illuminating and witty columns, from a€œRight Stuffinga€ to a€œGetting Whom.a€ When William Safire comes to terms, therea€™s never a dull moment.Bud McFarlane told Richard Halloran, a reporter for The NewYork Times, in September of1985 that the recently ... In a coming article, moreminingof this motherlode: CIA annuitant, disgruntlement, buyonto, wiring diagram, pallet, grosso modo. ... You left hanging thequestion of the derivation ofthe meaninga€œto bevery angrya€ for teedoff, when teedup and teed off were definedin the obvious golf context.

Author:William Safire
Publisher:Doubleday - 2012-01-04


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