Writer Stands Behind Word Choice | Letters | Chicago Reader

Writer Stands Behind Word Choice 

Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe

To the editors:

Maybe you should suggest to Albert Williams that perhaps he means lectern, not podium. One stands on a podium. It is where one puts one's feet--(as in podiatrist). A lectern is a desk that, in the Middle Ages, professors stood in back of, to read their texts which the students copied word for word--this is where we get the word lecture. Please! A little precision! A little respect for our language!

Joy Calhoun

Glen Ellyn

Albert Williams responds:

One of the definitions for "podium" (in Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary) is "lectern."

Support Independent Chicago Journalism: Join the Reader Revolution

We speak Chicago to Chicagoans, but we couldn’t do it without your help. Every dollar you give helps us continue to explore and report on the diverse happenings of our city. Our reporters scour Chicago in search of what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next. Stay connected to our city’s pulse by joining the Reader Revolution.

Are you in?

  Reader Revolutionary $35/month →  
  Rabble Rouser $25/month →  
  Reader Radical $15/month →  
  Reader Rebel  $5/month  → 

Not ready to commit? Send us what you can!

 One-time donation  → 

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Joy Calhoun

Agenda Teaser

Galleries & Museums
September 10
Performing Arts
April 24

Popular Stories