A couple of years ago, Ben Zimmer took over William Safire’s On Language column on the New York Times. Zimmer wasn’t as well known to the public as Safire, who had once served as Nixon’s speech writer, but Zimmer has impeccable training in linguistics. He brought a fresh voice and a highly informed perspective to the column.
On Friday, Zimmer’s followers learned that the NYT was no longer going to carry the column. It’s difficult to understand why the paper decided to discontinue such a well-liked column by such a highly-trained writer, but fortunately you can still find an archive of Zimmer’s columns here:
Since Friday, there have been rumors that the paper is reconsidering this decision. You can also show your support for Zimmer and/or the column on facebook at:
Let’s hope the NYT sobers up and realizes what it has done. If not, we’ll just have to wait to see who scoops up Zimmer next.