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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205128297
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/1991
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Table of Contents

Rhetorical Contents
Preface
Ch. 1 Proper Words in Proper Places: What Is Good English? 1
How Dictionaries Are Made 3
Out-of-Town Words 7
Crush vs. Whip 11
Sociological Habit Patterns in Linguistic Transmogrification 15
Why Good English Is Good for You 22
The Definition and Determination of "Correct" English 35
Meditation: An Argument for My Grade 46
Ch. 2 The Word That Dare Not Speak Its Name: Euphemism, Jargon, and Taboo 49
Euphemism 52
New Age Babble 66
Bizbuzz 70
Bowdlerizing the Bard: How to Protect Your Kids from Shakespeare 75
What "Dirty Words" Really Mean 82
On the Use of "Dirty" Words 88
Aunt Ethel 92
Ch. 3 Language and Gender: Is English Sexually Biased? 97
One Small Step for Genkind 99
The Name Is Mine 112
Too Many Women Are Misconstruing Feminism's Nature 116
The Hand That Rocks the Helm 121
Real Men Don't: Anti-Male Bias in English 126
Why No Honorifics? Newspapers Are Making a Big Ms. Stake 140
Non-Gendered Language - Can It Work? 145
Ch. 4 Race Is a Four-Letter Word - But What Does It Mean? 149
That Word "Black" 151
Pink and Brown People 155
A Name That Reaches Back 159
If Black English Isn't a Language, Then Tell Me, What Is? 163
Memories of a Bilingual Childhood 168
Defining the "American Indian": A Case Study in the Language of Suppression 175
White Like Me 184
The Last American Racist 192
Ch. 5 The Political and Social Power of Words 197
Politics and the English Language 199
On Tolerance 213
The Language of Debased Values 218
Freshman Class? 221
Extra! Much of Europe Feels Blah 225
The Supreme Court Rules Correctly 229
Ch. 6 Language and the Media: Public Speech and Private Meaning 233
Porno-violence 235
The Boss Don't Like Swindle, Make It Robbery 242
Foul Play 254
Printed Noise 263
Whatever Happened to Plain Old Weather? 267
On Reading Trash 271
The Language of Batman 275
Ch. 7 Language and Advertising 281
The Rhetoric of Democracy 283
You Haven't Come a Long Way, Baby 294
Teaching from the Classifieds 308
Aristotle and the Advertisers 312
The Question of Condom Ads 326
Beatles Buy-Out 330
Fun Video 336
Ch. 8 Language and Literature: The Best That Has Been Thought and Said 339
Education by Poetry 341
Good Readers and Good Writers 352
Reading in Slow Motion 359
Exercises in Style 378
The Cliche Expert Testifies as a Literary Critic 385
The Harvard Man Who Put the Ease in Casey's Manner 391
The Language of Lolita 400
Ch. 9 Inspirations for the Life of Writing 405
On Keeping a Diary 407
On Keeping a Notebook 411
The Making of a Writer 419
The Writing Life 430
Revision and Life 440
Writing as a Mode of Learning 445
Imitation: An Approach to Composition 456
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