The Resource Quoth the maven, William Safire ; illustrations by Keith Bendis

Quoth the maven, William Safire ; illustrations by Keith Bendis

Label
Quoth the maven
Title
Quoth the maven
Statement of responsibility
William Safire ; illustrations by Keith Bendis
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
There are connoisseurs. There are virtuosos. And then there are mavens. Pulitzer Prize-winning writer William Safire is the maven's maven. In this new collection from his New York Times Magazine column, "On Language," Safire - using alliteration, puns, and other tricks of the writer's trade - offers a cornucopia of words, phrases, slang, and grammatical oddities, proving once again why Time calls him "the country's best practitioner of the art of columny." Safire probes the surprising origins of such expressions as "kiss and tell," "people of color," "stab in the back," "bonfire of the vanities," and the whole nine yards. He attempts to explain what a White House press secretary meant when he announced, "We can't winkle-picker this anymore." He even explores tricky new usages of the word "fax." Quoth the maven: "In work conducted at home or at the office, the only certainties are death and faxes." Was George Bush (or speechwriter Peggy Noonan) the first to put "kinder and gentler" together? No, quoth the maven, who calls attention to similar incantations by Clarence Darrow, Mario Cuomo, and William Shakespeare. Safire also traces the evolution of "read my lips" and exposes the proud (or embarrassed) coiners of such terms as "lunatic fringe" and "nattering nabobs of negativism" (his own creation, he admits - an update of Adlai Stevenson's "prophets of doom and gloom"). Never one to shrink from a challenge, the maven boldly seeks a source for George Bush's inexplicable expression "like ugly on an ape." The best he can find is Margaret Mitchell's "ugly like a hairless monkey" in Gone with the Wind. Fortunately, Safire is not alone in such lexicographic quests. A faithful corps of would-be mavens - including Cuomo, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Phyllis Schlafly, and Alistair Cooke - supply Safire with their own research and opinions. Knowledgeable, witty, and impeccably grammatical, William Safire's essays on language are an important and entertaining reference for mavens everywhere
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1929-2009
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Safire, William
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PE1421
LC item number
.S233 1993
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • English language
  • English language
  • Anglais (Langue)
  • Anglais (Langue)
  • English language
  • English language
  • Phraseologie
  • Amerikanisches Englisch
Label
Quoth the maven, William Safire ; illustrations by Keith Bendis
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • A collection of the author's weekly columns "On language" from the New York times magazine
  • Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xiii, 350 pages
Isbn
9780679423249
Lccn
92034206
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)26672256
  • (OCoLC)ocm26672256
Label
Quoth the maven, William Safire ; illustrations by Keith Bendis
Publication
Note
  • A collection of the author's weekly columns "On language" from the New York times magazine
  • Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xiii, 350 pages
Isbn
9780679423249
Lccn
92034206
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)26672256
  • (OCoLC)ocm26672256

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