Analysis Of David Foster Wallace's Essay: Authority And American Usage

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Throughout David Foster Wallace’s essay, he describes a SNOOT, a figure of an intellectual. A SNOOT is basically a grammar nazi. However, a SNOOT sees the phrase, “grammar nazi,” as self-mocking and a dysphemism. In his essay, “Authority and American Usage,” Wallace says, “A SNOOT can be loosely defined as somebody who knows what dysphemism means and doesn’t mind letting you know it” (390). Wallace then introduced a SNOOTlet, the child version of a SNOOT. In his essay, “Authority and American Usage,” Wallace says, “The elementary school SNOOTlet is one of the earliest identifiable species of academic geekoid and is duly despised by his peers and praised by his teachers” (411). The SNOOTlet is actually deficient in Language Arts

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