Congratulations to Ben Zimmer, the lucky lexicographer who gets to fill the late legend William Safire's shoes in writing the New York Times' "On Language" column in the Sunday magazine.
According to the Times' announcement of the appointment, Zimmer is the executive producer of VisualThesaurus.com and Vocabulary.com, online destinations for learners and lovers of language. He is the former editor of American dictionaries at Oxford University Press and is a consultant to the Oxford English Dictionary. He was a frequent guest contributor to the "On Language" column, and his work has also appeared in The Boston Globe, Slate and several language blogs. He is on the Executive Council of the American Dialect Society and a member of the Dictionary Society of North America.
Zimmer starts his new gig, which will now run twice a month, on March 21. We wish him much fun in the pun.
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