Cloth $35.00 ISBN: 9780226768519 Published September 1981 Not for sale in Europe or the British Commonwealth except Canada

Words on the Air

Essays on Language, Manners, Morals, and Laws

John Sparrow

Words on the Air
Bookmark and Share

John Sparrow

264 pages | © 1981
Cloth $35.00 ISBN: 9780226768519 Published September 1981 Not for sale in Europe or the British Commonwealth except Canada
Proper words in proper places, remarked Dean Swift, make the true definition of style. According to this definition, John Sparrow fully qualifies as a stylist. His skillful compound of wit, pungency, and accurate observation, his irreverence, his ear for language and hatred of cant are unsurpassed. This book brings together pieces broadcast by the BBC, a series of lectures at the University of Chicago, and, even, a university sermon. It proves that John Sparrow is one of those rare people whose spoken words lose none of their power when translated to the printed page.
Contents
Foreword
Words:
Short Words
Vogue Words
Jargon
'With it' Words
Monstrous Births
Good English
Public Notices
Growing Old
Memory
Discrimination
Lying
Reflections on Punishment
Let's Get Rid of . . .
The Sin of Pride
Marcuse and the Gospel of Hate
Beards
Too Much of a Good Thing
Equality
Humanity
Liberty
For more information, or to order this book, please visit http://www.press.uchicago.edu
Google preview here

Chicago Manual of Style |

Chicago Blog: Reference and Writing

Events in Reference and Writing

Keep Informed

JOURNALs in Reference and Writing