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William Safire dies

Posted by ESC on September 27, 2009 at 19:11

William Safire, speechwriter and columnist, dies
By DEEPTI HAJELA, Associated Press Writer Deepti Hajela, Associated Press Writer - 2 mins ago

NEW YORK - Pulitzer Prize-winning conservative columnist, language expert and former White House speechwriter William Safire died Sunday, his assistant said. He was 79...Safire spent more than 30 years writing on the Op-Ed page of The New York Times. In his "On Language" column in The New York Times Magazine and 15 books, Safire traced the origins of words and everyday phrases such as "straw-man," "under the bus" and "the proof is in the pudding."