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  • Was foreign secretary Hague, puffed with blow-hard phrase-making, the man of the hour?

    Libya: Gaddafi's cronies must desert or be damned | Observer editorial

  • Mr. Raban's phrase-making wit is much in evidence throughout these pages "He was fortyish, with a narrow, sallow face and a limp moustache like a drowned vole", and there is something refreshing about a first-rate writer whose stories are literate and sophisticated but never self-consciously "literary" or in any way connected to the faculty lounge.

    An Englishman Lights Out

  • Much of the roughly 14-minute speech – the fourth-shortest inaugural address ever, but in the view of many experts rivaled only by Lincoln's – was marked by similar sparkling phrase-making:

    Ted Sorensen DEAD: John F. Kennedy Speechwriter, Obama Supporter, Dies At 82

  • Technically the characterisation is impeccable, the prose a subtle delight, the word selection everywhere perfect, the phrase-making fresh and arresting without self-consciousness.

    The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson

  • This is a moral problem [referring to the work of Toni Morrison] -- rather than any specific instance of critical analysis that might help us actually read the text more efficaciously, as opposed to admiring the critic's cute phrase-making or joining in on his moral sanctimony.

    The State of Criticism

  • You have said with finality what needed to be said about the ignorant, misleading, bloated, orotund, bombastic phrase-making of Edgar and Daley.

    Bill Sweetland: Education in Chicago: Reason to Cheer: Common Sense About Schools From Thinking Observers

  • On a night when we honor the memory of Walter Cronkite, one of America's greatest television journalists and a man who was dedicated to the truth, it seems particularly sad to have to correct the shameful errors of a man whose swagger and clever phrase-making keep him on the television screen, in spite of his tainted views.

    Kenneth C. Davis: An American History Lesson for Pat Buchanan

  • Friedman has no suppression of effect, no willingness to let a graf go by without his primordial penchant for phrase-making.

    Michael Conniff: Con Games: Code Friedman

  • Any of Jarrell's collections display his deep love of literature, supported by his unerring judgment, slashing wit, brilliant phrase-making, and occasional corniness.

    The Critical Library: Michael Dirda

  • The power structure of society is reflected most clearly in Jelinek through sexuality, but it is also seen in her attacks on the language of advertizing and the media and, most of all, in her criticism of political clichés and empty phrase-making.

    Elfriede Jelinek: Provocation as the Breath of Life


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