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The way we talk now : commentaries on language and culture from NPR's "Fresh air"

Author: Geoffrey Nunberg
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, ©2001.
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"This engaging collection of National Public Radio broadcasts and magazine pieces by one of America's best-known linguists covers the waterfront of contemporary culture by taking stock of its words and phrases. From our metaphors for the Internet ("Virtual Rialto") to the perils of electronic grammar checkers ("The Software We Deserve"), from traditional grammatical bugaboos ("Sex and the Singular Verb") to the  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Nunberg, Geoffrey, 1945-
Way we talk now.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c2001
(OCoLC)606660584
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Geoffrey Nunberg
ISBN: 0618116036 9780618116034 0618116028 9780618116027
OCLC Number: 46837151
Notes: Includes indexes.
Description: xi, 243 p. ; 21 cm.
Contents: The Passing Scene --
The Choice of Sophie (1989) --
Vietnamese for Travelers (1989) --
You Know (1992) --
Yesss, Indeed! (1995) --
Look-See (1994) --
The N-Word (1995) --
Some Pig! (1995) --
A Few of My Favorite Words (1995) --
Rex Ipse (1995) --
An Interjection for the Age (1997) --
The Last Post (1997) --
As a Cigarette Should (1997) --
Go Figure (1998) --
The Past Is Another Country (1998) --
Yadda Yadda Doo (1998) --
Gen Z and Counting (1999) --
Wordplay in the Country (1999) --
Turn-of-the-Century (2000) --
Word Histories --
Hoosiers (1989) --
Easy on the Zeal (1992) --
The Decline of Slang (1992) --
The Last Galoot (1992) --
Uber and Out (1993) --
The Burbs (1995) --
Rebirth of the Cool (1996) --
Remembering Ned Ludd (1996) --
Paparazzo and Friends (1997) --
The Cult Quotient (1997) --
Portmanteau Words (1999) --
Ten Suffixes That Changed the World (1999) --
The Edge (2000) --
No Picnic (2000) --
Community Sting (2000) --
Politics of the English Language --
Force and Violence (1990) --
Eastern Questions (1991) --
A Suffix in the Sand (1991) --
PC (1991) --
Party Down (1996) --
Standard Issue (1997) --
Group Grope (1998) --
The Jewish Question (2000) --
Only Contract (2000) --
Chad Row (2000) --
The Two R'S --
I Put a Spell on You (1990) --
Naming of Parts (1994) --
Reading for the Plot (1994) --
Split Decision (1995) --
Sex and the Singular Verb (1996) --
Verbed Off (1997) --
Hell in a Handcar (1999) --
Distinctions (2000) --
Points in Your Favor (2000) --
Shall Game (2001) --
Literacy Literacy (2001) --
Technical Terms --
The Dactyls of October (1995) --
Virtual Rialto (1995) --
The Talking Gambit (1997) --
Lost in Space (1997) --
A Wink is As Good As a Nod (1997) --
How the Web Was Won (1998) --
The Software We Deserve (1998) --
Have It My Way (1998) --
The Writing on the Walls (1999) --
Its Own Reward (2000) --
Hackers (2000) --
Business Talk --
You're Out of Here (1996)--
Whaddya Know? (1998) --
Slides Rule (1999) --
Come Together, Right Now (1999) --
It's the Thought That Matters (2000) --
A Name Too Far (2000) --
Having Issues (2000) --
Valediction --
Pack It In! (1999).
Other Titles: Fresh air (Radio program)
Responsibility: Geoffrey Nunberg.
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"This engaging collection of National Public Radio broadcasts and magazine pieces by one of America's best-known linguists covers the waterfront of contemporary culture by taking stock of its words and phrases. From our metaphors for the Internet ("Virtual Rialto") to the perils of electronic grammar checkers ("The Software We Deserve"), from traditional grammatical bugaboos ("Sex and the Singular Verb") to the vagaries of business jargon ("You're Out of Here"), from the pronunciation of foreign names ("A Suffix in the Sand") to the ways we talk about illicit love ("Affairs of State"), Geoffrey Nunberg shows just how much the language we use from day to day reveals about who we are and who we want to be."--Jacket.

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