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OBIT: William Safire, 79, Pulitzer Prize-winning conservative columnist and word warrior

Published 09/28/2009

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 more than a dozen books, Safire traced the origins of words and everyday phrases such as "straw man," 'under the bus" and "the proof is in the pudding."

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