William Safire dead at 79

Cohen, Gerald Leonard gcohen at MST.EDU
Sun Sep 27 20:37:08 UTC 2009

Yes, Safire was a very valuable link between academia and the general public on matters of lexicography, and (bless him) etymology.  I particularly recall him frequently promoting the Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE), and his assistants must have been in contact with a dozen or so American Dialect Society members about this or that word or expression.  And he gave due credit in his columns.  
I hereby express my deep gratitude for all that interaction.  
Gerald Cohen


From: American Dialect Society on behalf of Grant Barrett
Sent: Sun 9/27/2009 2:02 PM
Subject: William Safire dead at 79

Safire, who was 79, died at a hospice in Rockville, Maryland, the
Times said. An aide to Safire said he had suffered from cancer.


Safire will be remembered by many of us for trusting us to help him
with his research, promoting our books in a place of prestige, and
giving the country a jumping-off point for popular discussions of

Grant Barrett
grantbarrett at gmail.com


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