When William Safire delineates the difference between misinformation and disinformation or adistances himselfa from clichAcs, people sit up and take notice. Which is not to say that Safireas readers always take the punning pundit at his word: they donat, and heas got the letters to prove it. Among the entries in Coming to Terms, this all-new collection of Safireas aOn Languagea columns, youall 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 Hamletas ato take arms against a sea of troublesa and Gene Shalit passes along his favorite Yogi Berra-ism. Bringing them all together are dozens of Safireas most illuminating and witty columns, from aRight Stuffinga to aGetting Whom.a When William Safire comes to terms, thereas 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 meaningato bevery angrya for teedoff, when teedup and teed off were definedin the obvious golf context.
|Title||:||COMING TO TERMS|
|Publisher||:||Doubleday - 2012-01-04|