Books: Talknophical Assumnancy

THE NEW LANGUAGE OF POLITICS (An Anecdotal Dictionary of Catchwords, Slogans and Political Usage) by William Safire. 528 pages. Random House. $10.

This useful thesaurus confirms the suspicion that today's political phrasemakers are members of an eminent brotherhood devoted to the preservation of the hoary phrase—curators of the cliche. Even more pertinent is the discovery by Author Safire, a public-relations executive and former campaign aide of Richard Nixon, Nelson Rockefeller and Jacob Javits, that there are many misconceptions about the pedigrees of political bromides. The new language of politics is actually old....

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