The Nation: Word-Game Plan

Despite the Instant Analysis and the Effete Snobs, the Silent Majority supports Vietnamization, and the steady Winding Down has allowed our allies to Hack It. On the domestic side, though, the Game Plan could use a little Benign Neglect.

Could anyone reading those lines before President Nixon's inauguration have had the vaguest notion of what they were about? Not likely, which is the point William Safire makes in the introduction to his second edition of The New Language of Politics (Collier Books; $4.95), a lexicographic gallimaufry of political catch phrases. Safire, 42, a top...

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