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At war with the Newt



He's more to be censured than pitied:

"In the end, after being censored for ethics violations by the House and the kind of frenetic managerial incompetence Gingrich was known for, even Republicans had had enough." Newt Gingrich wasn't actually censored by the House of Representatives, though the temptation must have been great. He was censured – "reprimanded; reproached in a harsh or vehement manner."

Of a performing musician who also holds a regular job, a columnist wrote, "Three-night working weekends can be a bit tiring for someone who's also keeping banker's hours Monday through Friday, but Bowman said he enjoys it."

Stephen Koch writes, "Banker's hours, as I've always understood the term, would seem to lend itself well to working at other times of day — not that many bankers would need the extra cash."

I believe the columnist used banker's hours to mean "regular hours, 9 to 5." But as Koch notes, banker's hours refers to a short work day, a sweet deal for those who get it. The expression goes back to the old pre-computer days when banks were open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. five days a week.

Barbara Jacquish of Fayetteville writes, "A CNN memo an-nouncing the layoffs of photojournalists includes the statement 'Consumer and pro-sumer technologies are simpler and more accessible.' Have you ever seen this word? I can only guess at its meaning."

I couldn't even do that. It's not in standard dictionaries, even the on-line Merriam Webster. I found it in Wikipedia, that not-always-reliable source: "Prosumer is a portmanteau formed by contracting either the word professional or less often, producer with the word consumer. For example, a prosumer grade digital camera is a 'cross' between consumer grade and professional grade. ... [Prosumer] also can be used to differentiate the traditional passive consumer with an active consumer role more involved in the process, such as activity in the design or customization of the end product."

This sounds like it's heading in the vicinity of proactive. I don't want to go there.

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