William Safire Orders Two Whoppers JuniorIn the meantime, we'll fry up the rest of the pan fish with some eggs, finish off those last few cans of Leinie's and be home before you can say "nominal compounding".
September 20, 2000 | Issue 36•33
NEW YORK–Stopping for lunch at a Manhattan Burger King, New York Times 'On Language' columnist William Safire ordered two "Whoppers Junior" Monday. "A majority of Burger King patrons operate under the fallacious assumption that the plural is 'Whopper Juniors,'" Safire told a woman standing in line behind him. "This, of course, is a grievous grammatical blunder, akin to saying 'passerbys' or, worse yet, the dreaded 'attorney generals.'" Last week, Safire patronized a midtown Taco Bell, ordering "two Big Beef Burritos Supreme."
Sunday, April 15, 2007
I won't get to Safire's new column until tonight or tomorrow, but thanks to Erin McKean, here's something even better: An old Onion column on Safire.