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The way we talk now : commentaries on language and culture from NPR's "Fresh air
Nunberg, Geoffrey
Adult Nonfiction P107 .N86 2001

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Prefacep. vii
The Passing Scene
The Choice of Sophie {{1989}}p. 3
Vietnamese for Travelers {{1989}}p. 6
You Know {{1992}}p. 8
Yesss, Indeed! {{1995}}p. 11
Look-See {{1994}}p. 13
The N-Word {{1995}}p. 16
Some Pig! {{1995}}p. 18
A Few of My Favorite Words {{1995}}p. 20
Rex Ipse {{1995}}p. 23
An Interjection for the Age {{1997}}p. 26
The Last Post {{1997}}p. 29
As a Cigarette Should {{1997}}p. 32
Go Figure {{1998}}p. 35
The Past Is Another Country {{1998}}p. 38
Yadda Yadda Doo {{1998}}p. 41
Gen Z and Counting {{1999}}p. 44
Wordplay in the Country {{1999}}p. 47
Turn-of-the-Century {{2000}}p. 50
Word Histories
Hoosiers {{1989}}p. 55
Easy on the Zeal {{1992}}p. 58
The Decline of Slang {{1992}}p. 61
The Last Galoot {{1992}}p. 64
Uber and Out {{1993}}p. 66
The Burbs {{1995}}p. 69
Rebirth of the Cool {{1996}}p. 73
Remembering Ned Ludd {{1996}}p. 76
Paparazzo and Friends {{1997}}p. 79
The Cult Quotient {{1997}}p. 82
Portmanteau Words {{1999}}p. 85
Ten Suffixes That Changed the World {{1999}}p. 88
The Edge {{2000}}p. 91
No Picnic {{2000}}p. 94
Community Sting {{2000}}p. 97
Politics of the English Language
Force and Violence {{1990}}p. 103
Eastern Questions {{1991}}p. 106
A Suffix in the Sand {{1991}}p. 109
PC {{1991}}p. 112
Party Down {{1996}}p. 115
Standard Issue {{1997}}p. 118
Group Grope {{1998}}p. 122
The Jewish Question {{2000}}p. 125
Only Contract {{2000}}p. 128
Chad Row {{2000}}p. 131
The Two R'S
I Put a Spell on You {{1990}}p. 137
Naming of Parts {{1994}}p. 140
Reading for the Plot {{1994}}p. 143
Split Decision {{1995}}p. 146
Sex and the Singular Verb {{1996}}p. 149
Verbed Off {{1997}}p. 151
Hell in a Handcar {{1999}}p. 154
Distinctions {{2000}}p. 157
Points in Your Favor {{2000}}p. 160
Shall Game {{2001}}p. 163
Literacy Literacy {{2001}}p. 166
Technical Terms
The Dactyls of October {{1995}}p. 173
Virtual Rialto {{1995}}p. 176
The Talking Gambit {{1997}}p. 178
Lost in Space {{1997}}p. 181
A Wink is As Good As a Nod {{1997}}p. 184
How the Web Was Won {{1998}}p. 187
The Software We Deserve {{1998}}p. 190
Have It My Way {{1998}}p. 193
The Writing on the Walls {{1999}}p. 195
Its Own Reward {{2000}}p. 198
Hackers {{2000}}p. 201
Business Talk
You're Out of Here {{1996}}p. 207
Whaddya Know? {{1998}}p. 210
Slides Rule {{1999}}p. 213
Come Together, Right Now {{1999}}p. 216
It's the Thought That Matters {{2000}}p. 220
A Name Too Far {{2000}}p. 223
Having Issues {{2000}}p. 226
Pack It In! {{1999}}p. 231

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