Safire, William

(1929 – 2009) An American author, columnist, and presidential speechwriter. He was also a regular contributor to the New York Times Magazine's On Language column, wherein he wrote about popular etymology, neologisms, and other language-related topics from 1979 until his death in 2009.

Safire on political language

1. Click here to hear him speak to the National Review's John J. Miller about an update of Safire’s Political Dictionary that he had just completed.
2. Click here to read linguist Benjamin Zimmer's tribute to Safire.

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