Safire, Also A Refreshing Spirit…

With the demise of On Language this weekend, I’m reminded that during high school, I’d decided that I was eventually going to write “On Language” when I retired.  (And, presumably, so had Safire.)

While that looks unlikely now, it does give me a convenient excuse to re-post my favourite correction ever from the Times:

An interview transcript in The Times Magazine last Sunday about Bernard Shaw, the CNN anchor, misspelled the brand name of the gin in a martini he savoured the day after the election. It is Bombay Sapphire, named for the gemstone. (Safire, also a refreshing spirit, was the author of the column five pages later.)

To the memory of Safire, we raise a glass…

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