Date: Fri, 4 Oct 1996 00:00:01 -0400
From: "Barry A. Popik" Bapopik[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM
Subject: Re: election words
The best book by far for election words is AMERICAN POLITICAL TERMS, An
Historical Dictionary, by Hans Sperber and Travis Trittschuh, Wayne State
University Press, Detroit, 1962. Safire's book is more recent and is mildly
helpful, but is less informative in most every entry. Check it out!
For historical purposes, you may also want to see the Political
Americanisms articles in the Magazine of American History, from 1884-1885.
My "political" citation of the day comes from the Washington Post, 31
May 1932, pg. 5 (actually, it's a cigarette ad):
DO YOU INHALE?
Is this question too revealing for other cigarettes?
We do not criticize others. We merely call your attention to the fact
that the vital subject of inhaling has been generally avoided in cigarette
Why? What's there to be afraid of? _Everybody inhales!_ ...