Letters to the Editor SpecGram Vol CLXII, No 2 Contents Adminicular Things You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know—Madalena Cruz-Ferreira

Zwicky Unretires Again

SpecGram Wire Services

Auburn, ALABAMASome linguists see retirement as a relief from the stress of performing at the highest level of intercollegiate academics. They prefer to let their journal subscriptions lapse, lock their offices for the last time, and relax on a remote beach.

Not Arnold Zwicky.

Auburn University announced today that the famed linguist is coming out of retirement for a second time, this time to try his hand at competition in the SEC.

“I’m just thankful to Auburn for giving me a chance to show that I can still compete at the highest level,” Zwicky said.

Fans may have some doubts about this possibility. After dominating the Big Ten conference for a generation at Ohio State, Zwicky seemed to be on the downside of a hall-of-fame career, and his brief retirement in 1995 seemed to be well-timed. His fans were delighted when he quickly had a change of heart, ended his retirement, and signed with PAC10 power Stanford. Though he had slowed somewhat, he remained an important role player for the Cardinal for several more years.

Zwicky’s latest retirement from Stanford followed a season in which he published very little, due to unspecified injuries, and it looked like he was relinquishing his last editorial position for good when he retired for a second time in 2010.

Auburn Academic Director Bryan “Buddy” Jones issued a statement welcoming Zwicky out of retirement again. “Auburn Linguistics is on the verge of making a huge impact in the SEC, and we feel that Zwicky’s experience and leadership will push us to the top of the conference standings this year.”

The addition of Zwicky in a year when the SEC was expected to be less competitive on the national stage adds an interesting twist to Academic Linguistics. If Zwicky can stay healthy, he makes Auburn a favorite in the SEC race and possibly even a national contender.

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