By William Safire
Good information! America's grasp wordsmith moves back with a brand new choice of erudite, witty, provocative, occasionally barbed, often hilarious "On Language" columns. released in The big apple occasions and syndicated in additional than 300 different newspapers, those critiques from the "Supreme courtroom of present English Usage" hide every thing from the base line on tycoonese and the accesses
* of computerese to portmanteau phrases like televangelist and Draconomics (the language maven's personal plan for our bloated economy).
Although Safire makes an admirable case for adverbs and adjectives, advocates of robust verbs might be heartened to listen to that he additionally: pleads for the upkeep of the subjunctive temper; provides, scorching off the school campus, the newest lingo within which 'rents potential mom and dad and yesterday's wimps are today's squids; decries the brevity-is-next-to-godliness literary tuition; bids farewell to anxiety (it's been changed by means of trendy stress or swangst); noodles over such weighty geopolitical questions as "when an intercept of a fighter is a buzz"; bemoans the lack of roughage to fiber; and rides herd over the language spoken in Marlboro Country.
More excellent news! Safire back spices his personal wit and knowledge with correspondence from Lexicographic irregulars, these zealous readers and letter writers who respond to his columns with compliment, scorn, corrections and nitpicks--anything to check wits with Super-maven.
If you'll glance It Up and Take My notice for It occupy widespread spots on your bookcase, then Language Maven moves Again belongs there too. in the event that they don't, then start with this Safire and paintings your approach back.
* That's now not a typo--that's a pun.
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In the 26 28 Kymlicka 1989: 198–99. 27 Kymlicka 2001: 20, 169; 1995: 177–80; 1998: ch. 3. Kymlicka 1995: 90. 29 See Spinner-Halev and Theiss-Morse 2003. 30 Rather than assuming that people have strong attachments to cultural identity, we need to recognize that people have multiple identities with differing degrees of attachment to different identities. To do otherwise would arbitrarily privilege cultural attachments over people’s other communal attachments. The work of sociologists who study ethnic and cultural identity suggests that the nature and strength of individuals’ identification with groups varies across groups and across individuals within groups and is deeply affected by social, political, and economic conditions.
People must know that these labels exist and there must be some degree of consensus about how to identify those to whom they should be applied. Usually this consensus is organized around a set of attributes and stereotypes. Skin color and hair type are physical attributes that have long been associated with racial identity. A common language and shared history are attributes associated with ethnic and national identity. Descent has been a central feature of racial and ethnic identity. The content of these social conceptions have varied over time, but long-standing stereotypes that associate certain attributes with a particular social identity are neither easily overturned nor within the exclusive control of those to whom the identity is ascribed.
Kymlicka recognizes the fact of cultural interchange, but he, too, seeks to insulate minority cultures from external influences while leaving them open to internally induced cultural change. His theory aims to protect cultural distinctness while rejecting the desirability of cultural isolation or purity. As he puts it, ‘‘It should be up to each culture to decide when and how they will adopt the achievements of the larger world. ’’42 But the inside–outside boundary is difficult to pin down. Cultures do not correspond in any neat way to national or societal boundaries, and many cultures have long interacted and influenced one another through relations of trade, warfare, and conquest.
Language Maven Strikes Again by William Safire