William Safire

William Safire

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December 17, 1929
September 27, 2009
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William Lewis Safir , better known as William Safire , was an American author, columnist, journalist, and presidential speechwriter.He was a long-time syndicated political columnist for The New York Times and wrote the On Language column in The New York Times Magazine about popular etymology, new or unusual usages, and other language-related topics.Early lifeSafire was born William Lewis Safir in New York City, New York the son of Ida and Oliver Craus Safir. His family was Jewish, and originated in Romania on his father's side. Safire later added the e to his surname for pronunciation reasons, though some of his relatives continue to use the original spelling.Safire graduated from the Bronx High School of Science, a specialized public high school in New York City. He attended Syracuse University but dropped out after two years.

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