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William Safire

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  • 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 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-...

    Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin: the tragic speech Nixon was prepared to give

    Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed safely on the moon 42 years ago but Nixon was ready with a touching speech written by William Safire if tragedy struck

    What's so bad about pounding sand?

    Bogard, 37, of Oak Park, said he tried to settle with the village but was unsuccessful. Now he is suing village officials and the Fire Department for damages. "They basically told me to pound sand," he said recently, standing outside...

    Cliché watch: 'Boots on the ground'

    Stories in the Tribune using the expression "boots on the ground" to refer to military men and women in a combat theater from the mid 1980s (when the digital record begins) until Sept. 24, 2001 -- Zero. ...from Sept. 25,...