IN YOUR INTERESTING exposé of the self-aggrandizing Armstrong Williams (“Mr. Righteous,” 2/10), your reporter missed completely the “A-word”—he supposed that it might be “asshole” or “Alamo.”

Surely you realize that it is the code word “articulate,” used by white men to describe black men who are smarter than the average white. Whites would never (or seldom) use “articulate” in referring to another white, but it is a frequent code word, especially in the conservative sectors. It can be very condescending!

Otherwise, it was a fine article.

Woodley Park