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05:11

The "Professor and the Madman" Behind the OED

Linguist Geoff Nunberg comments on Simon Winchester's new book "The Professor and the Madman." It details the true story of the American psychopath who played a major role in compiling the Oxford English Dictionary in the mid 1800s.

04:03

The Art of "Doublespeak."

Linguist Geoffrey Nunberg reviews a new book called "Doublespeak" by William Lutz, chairman of the Committee on Public Doublespeak of the National Council of Teachers of English. Lutz has been keeping files with examples of doublespeak used in politics and advertising and has compiled some of them in his book.

03:40

"The Dada and Surrealist Word-Image."

Linguist Geoffrey Nunberg looks at the influence of the word on the visual arts...starting with the Dada movement and the montage works of the 30s, up to current poster and electric sign work by Jenny Holzer.

03:32

"The Elements of Style" on Home Video.

Language commentator Geoffrey Nunberg reviews a new video version of Strunk and White's "The Elements of Style," featuring CBS newsman Charles Osgood. (re-broadcast from 3/15/89).

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