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Watching my language

adventures in the word trade

1st ed.

Published by Random House in New York .
Written in English.

About the Edition

Before you scratch that seven-year-itch, you might want to know where it came from. And before someone blurts, "You just don't get it," perhaps you should consult the Pulitzer Prize-winning language columnist on the origins of that snappy feminist motto. In Watching My Language, William Safire investigates these questions and many others, including: What language was Bill Clinton speaking when he fumed, "I want to put a fist halfway down their throats with this ... I.

want their teeth on the sidewalk"? Why is Ukraine no longer the Ukraine? Should there be an insurrection against this usage? Did baseball manager Leo Durocher really say, "Nice guys finish last"? Who deserves credit for coining the expressions policy wonk, digerati, and Not!? William Safire, a man hip enough to explore the meaning of hip-hop, answers these questions and many more in this witty and enlightening collection.

Edition Notes

Includes index.

Also issued online.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
428
Library of Congress
PE1421 .S2337 1997

The Physical Object

Pagination
xiv, 317 p. :
Number of pages
317

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL24750568M
Internet Archive
watchingmylangua00safi
ISBN 10
0679423877, 0965085325
ISBN 13
9780679423874, 9780965085328
LC Control Number
95003800
OCLC/WorldCat
31969305
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