Postmodern note

I wish you could persuade your writers (for example, Julian Glover, Julian Evans and Edward Skidelsky, 30 October) not to use that silly oxymoron "postmodern". Like a lot of sociological jargon, it sounds very clever, but what does it actually mean?

Lem Ibbotson
Walsall, West Midlands

The word "postmodern" will be banned from the New Statesman unless objections are received from six or more readers by noon on 13 November - The Editor