On Language (series)
On Language; William Safire.
The following books are compilations of William Safire’s language column which appears each Sunday in the New York Times Magazine. Safire is probably the best-known “language maven” writing today. The books are lively and witty reading, but Safire is a reporter and not a researcher. As a result, his analysis is usually superficial and often incorrect. Furthermore, he has never attempted to incorporate real linguistic work into his column. These are worth looking at, but take them with a grain of salt and don’t rely on them as authoritative. Finally, being compilations of a newspaper column, these are not well organized for reference. Reliance on the indices is a must; fortunately, they are pretty good as indices go, although there are fourteen of these that must be checked.
- On Language; Times Books; 1980.
- What’s the Good Word; Times Books; 1982.
- I Stand Corrected; Times Books; 1984.
- Take My Word For It; Times Books; 1986.
- You Could Look It Up; Times Books; 1988.
- Language Maven Strikes Again; Doubleday; 1990.
- Coming to Terms; Doubleday; 1991.
- Quoth the Maven; Random House; 1993.
- In Love With Norma Loquendi; Random House; 1994.
- Watching My Language; Random House; 1997.
- Spread the Word; Times Books; 1999.
- Let a Simile Be Your Umbrella; Crown Publishers; 2001.
- No Uncertain Terms; Simon & Schuster, 2003.
Copyright 1997-2013, by David Wilton