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William Safire

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  • Lost in translation

    Lost in translation
    By Michael Erard ords are the most familiar part of language, because it's words we're most conscious of learning and forgetting. Only certain words, though. Your word-of-the-day calendar will never list "the" or "but." You boast about knowing French...
  • What buzzword do you hate the most?

     
    I work with words every day -- they???re the tools of my trade -- and I love language. One of my favorite Sunday reading rituals, before his death last month, was William Safire???s On Language column in the New York......
  • Is `Canuck' an ethnic slur?

     
    At Dictionary.com we find the word "Canuck" in reference to Canadians is deemed "sometimes offensive" (Random House); "often derogatory" (Online Etymology Dictionary) and "often offensive" ( American Heritage Dictionary). So what gives with the hockey-...
  • NY Columnist; Speechwriter William Safire Dies at 79

    NY Columnist; Speechwriter William Safire Dies at 79
    Pulitzer Prize-winning conservative columnist, language expert and former White House speechwriter William Safire died Sunday, his assistant said. Safire, who was 79, had been diagnosed with cancer and died at a hospice in Maryland, assistant Rosemary...
  • Being versed in the mediaverse: Retired PR executive pens a handy guide to insider lingo.

    Ever stayed past the end of a movie, perhaps to catch the music credits, a blooper reel, or, in the case of the latest X-Men picture, a final scene that sets up the next film in the series? If so -- and we've all done this -- you've undoubtedly...
  • Iraqgate--A Case Study of a Big Story With Little Impact

    Eight months ago, the Los Angeles Times published the first in a continuing series of articles charging that the Bush Administration had secretly funneled several billion dollars worth of loan guarantees and military technology to Saddam Hussein from 1986...