William Safire

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William Safire
Safire receiving the 2006 Presidential Medal of Freedom
Safire receiving the 2006 Presidential Medal of Freedom
BornWilliam Lewis Safir
(1929-12-17)December 17, 1929
New York City, New York, United States
DiedSeptember 27, 2009(2009-09-27) (aged 79)
Rockville, Maryland, United States
OccupationAuthor, columnist, lexicographer, journalist, political speechwriter
SpouseHelene Belmar Julius

William Lewis Safir (December 17, 1929 – September 27, 2009),[1] better known as William Safire[2] (/ˈsæfaɪər/), was an American author, columnist, journalist, and presidential speechwriter.

He was best known as a long-time political columnist for the New York Times and the author of "On Language" in the New York Times Magazine, a column on popular etymology, new or unusual usages, and other language-related topics from its inception.

Safire died from pancreatic cancer at a hospice in Rockville, Maryland, on September 27, 2009, aged 79.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. McFadden, Robert D. (2009-09-27). "William Safire, Nixon Speechwriter and Times Columnist, Is Dead at 79". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-09-27.
  2. Safire, William (1986). Take My Word for It: More on Language. Times Books. ISBN 978-0-8129-1323-1. p. 185.
  3. Folkenflik, David. "Political Columnist William Safire Dies At 79". NPR. Retrieved 2013-10-17.