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No Uncertain Terms: More Writing from the Popular "On Language" Column in The New York Times Magazine

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There is no wittier, more amiable or more astute word maven than Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist William Safire.
For many people, the first item on the agenda for Sunday morning is to sit down and read Safire's "On Language" column in The New York Times Magazine, then to compose a "Gotcha" letter to the Times. Each of his books on language is a classic, to be read, re-re
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 2nd 2004 by Simon & Schuster (first published 2003)
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In this book I learn that even William Safire doesn't always do his homework. Evidence: his mistake about the term 'Film Noir.' Even I knew that one.

Aside from that, much as it pains me to admit it (I happen to detest Safire quite heartily), I enjoyed the book, not the least of when I found an error. It's informative, witty, and Safire admits he's doubly venal (more or less, anyway). What more could I ask?
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William Lewis Safire was an American author, columnist, journalist and presidential speechwriter.

He was perhaps best known as a long-time syndicated political columnist for the New York Times and a regular contributor to "On Language" in the New York Times Magazine, a column on popular etymology, new or unusual usages, and other language-related topics.
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