adj. lam·er, lam·est
Weak and ineffectual; unsatisfactory: a lame attempt to apologize; lame excuses for not arriving on time.
In today’s Tribune, Harriet S. Goldberg of New Albany gently but incisively takes the ‘Bune’s Amany Ali to task for failing to note the existence of a bookstore in downtown New Albany.
Thank you, Mrs. Goldberg.
Unfortunately, appended to the letter is this editor’s note:
“According to Develop New Albany, the official boundaries of downtown New Albany are from the Ohio River to Culbertson Avenue, and from East Fifth Street to West Fifth Street. Destinations Booksellers is located at 604 East Spring Street, which is not in the downtown boundaries.”
This predictably lazy effort to enlist semantics in a rear-guard action to excuse the bungling of the City Editor bizarrely possesses a grain of profundity, albeit one that is entirely unintentional, for by defining the boundaries of DNA’s zone, it calls attention to what has (and hasn’t) occurred within them.