Here are some letters that got overrun by other issues before they made it into the paper.
Several readers called me out for a line in a recent column about The N&O's Barry Saunders, in which I wrote: "He enjoys being contrarian." The readers said the sentence should have been: "He enjoys being a contrarian" or "He enjoys being contrary." They are correct. I beg the court for mercy. Below is an e-mail from one of the readers. --John Drescher
Columnist Barry Saunders finds fault with the word ginormous and wishes editors would not allow such coinages into the pages of dictionaries. John McIntyre, who writes You Don't Say at baltimoresun.com, explains that lexicographers are not legislators. They describe what is going on with language; they do not put a stamp of approval on coinages merely by adding them to the dictionary.
Of course, I don't recommend using "ginormous" in a news story or in an academic paper. The New Oxford American Dictionary's entry for "ginormous" notes that it is "informal, humorous." That's guidance that writers can heed. And if you are on a job interview, it might be best to describe your capacity for hard work with a more formal word -- enormous or boundless, perhaps.
Here's a glimpse inside N&O cartoonist Dwane Powell's sketchbook, where he writes cartoon ideas and where he doodles during editorial board meetings. It's the Where's Waldo edition. See whether you recognize any N&O columnists.