Swet Columns

Mind the Gaffe!

Reviewed by Kay Vreeland

Mind the Gaffe! by R. L. Trask. New York: Harper, 2001, 2006. 290 pages. Paperback. ISBN-13: 978-0061132209; ISBN-10: 0061132209. $11.16; ¥1474.

Larry Trask led a double life—two countries, two careers, two wives—but he had one great passion for linguistics. Ranked by his peers with Noam Chomsky and... more

Ideas into Words: Mastering the Craft of Science Writing

Reviewed by Richard Weisburd
Ideas into Words: Mastering the Craft of Science Writing. Elise Hancock. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003. 176 pages, including front matter and index. ISBN 0801873304 (softcover). US$18.95.

Science is rapidly advancing in every direction. Over time, scientific writing is becoming... more

The Language Instinct: The New Science of Language and Mind

Reviewed by Hugh Ashton
The Language Instinct: The New Science of Language and Mind. Steven Pinker. London: Penguin, 1995. 494 pages, including preface, notes, glossary, and index. ISBN 0140175296 (softcover). £9.99.

SWET members are all professional language users; we are paid to express our thoughts, or those of others, in... more

Finding a Job vs. Finding Work

by Fred Uleman

Creating You & Co by William Bridges reminds me of the old adage that, “within every fat man is a thin man trying to get out.” There is a slender book in here that is well worth reading, but you will have to cut through a lot of fat to get at it. So let me give you the short version.

Stop looking for a job. Jobs... more