Safire Watch (continued)
tcf at MACOMB.COM
Sat Jan 13 14:50:38 UTC 2001
If other people want to buy ad space in Safire's paper to air Barry's
complaints, I might contribute. (However, the urge to do this comes from my
dark side -- to be honest, it would be less to do sg. for Barry than to have
a good fight. So maybe it's not a good impulse.)
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Subject: Safire Watch (continued)
> William Safire plagiarizes the OED once again.
> In this week's "On Language" column, he mentions two quotations in
discussing "sidekick." Both can be found in the OED. Safire never mentions
> One quotation from O. Henry ("Billy was my _side-kicker_ in New York")
Safire identifies as 1904. The OED has 1903. Also, in the OED, the term
does not have italics.
> He can't even plagiarize correctly!
> Safire takes another dig at the family Bush (yes, politics in a
Language column) by stating that Bush the Elder liked to quote Woody Allen
as saying "Ninety percent of success is showing up." No Bush citations are
> Safire called Woody Allen, who says he said "80%." Safire doesn't
reveal that this "80%" is nothing new. Even the awful ENCARTA BOOK OF
QUOTATIONS (2000) has "Eighty percent of success is showing up."
> Most troubling, of course, is that Safire's assistant came on the list,
got a citation from Fred Shapiro, and has used it in this week's column.
His assistant won't even respond to me about joining the ADS for free.
> Again, I ask Elizabeth Phillips to join the ADS for free. Again, I ask
her correct the errors that William Safire made of my work. She owes it to
me and to this organization.
> She used us!
> I demand (as I have for a mere NINE YEARS now) Safire to respond.
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