The late William Safire
left behind a language-column vacancy that the NY Times
has been filling with a rotating crew of language experts, some better than others. Now they've announced
their choice for a permanent replacement, and it could hardly be better: Ben Zimmer
, an actual linguist. Reading "On Language" will be slightly less enjoyable for us nitpickers but a lot more informative.
posted by languagehat
on Mar 12, 2010 -
You Are a Suspect
A growing awareness by those on the right and on the left that our rights are now seriously in threat of total erosion in light of new Petnagon proposal to track all moves of citizens in giagantic data base. may require reg for NY Times.
posted by Postroad
on Nov 14, 2002 -
Goodness Gracious! What A Lot Of Ways Of Not Saying "God"! Jeez
may be MetaFilter's genteel exclamation of choice, but crusty and trusty old William Safire
of the New York Times
]has the gracious goods on other
ways of not(quite)invoking the name of the Lord in vain; whilst proving en route
that Donald Rumsfeld isn't, after all, the wilting sissy or pseudo-Southern belle we all thought him to be...
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Jun 15, 2002 -
Hawk hiccup? How wide is wider in a `wider war'?
With the world dazed and everything in flux, seize the moment. I'd make a deal with Ankara right now to move across Turkey's border and annex the northern third of Iraq.
Safire has been Monday-morning quarterbacking in his column since September 11. (He suggested the FBI wasn't doing enough to "deprogram" material witnesses with "conservative Muslim clerics".) He's made no bones about his desire to squash all terrorists, coalition be damned. He's sided with "wider war" wing of the administration, but this is by far the zaniest scheme--projected onto his ex-boss in a convo from hell. I know there are a lot of people--intelligent people--reading MeFi that support the war. Mostly our discussions have run pro/anti. The flower-children (anachronistic anarchists?) like me should sit out this one. Do any of you imperialists pig-dogs support this?
posted by rschram
on Nov 5, 2001 -