Congratulations on your decision to spell "employee" properly.

One additional request, please. Stop using pejorative language for labor leaders. In Robert Webb's column discussing the "e word" {Outlook, Jan. 10}, he creates an example including this language: "Snarled the grim-visaged union boss." The business section of The Post that day quotes several business leaders; none is called "boss"; none snarls.

If business leaders are identified as "chairman," "vice president," etc., why can't union leaders be titled properly?

Marshall O. Donley Jr. The writer is editor of Public Employee, a publication of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO. Know, Knowest, Knoweth . . .

I was stunned by "Speaking Less Than They Knowest" {Style, Jan. 8}. For shame, editor/headline writers! Knowest thou not thy grammar? This is of a piece with such abominations as "Giveth and you shall receiveth," which have also passed unscathed beneath the editor's eye.

If you insist on using archaic verb forms, here are the rules: singular, first, second and third person -- I give, thou givest, he (she, it) giveth. The plural is normal -- we give, you give, they give.

Beware of speaking more than thou knowest!

Katharine L. Swift Wrong Boat

Was that a paddle-wheel riverboat as your graphic for South Carolina {''After Long Pre-Season, the Real Thing Arrives,'' Jan. 3}? I know of only two places where those boats run: the Mississippi and Bangladesh. If one of those things ever tried to steam up the Ashley or the Cooper, traffic would halt for miles around. Drivers would brake to see the strange sight, I can assure you.

C'mon! The South is not monolithic. A symbol of New Orleans does not do for Charleston. That's like using the Empire State Building as a symbol for Ohio.

Brooks Roberts Fudenberg Up by Four -- or Five?

I would like to nominate an honorable mention in Norman Chad's "Whether You're Using New Math or Old Math, It Doesn't Add Up" category in his "Best and Worst of the Bowl Telecasts" awards {Sports, Jan. 3} -- to Sally Jenkins for her article in the same section on Georgetown's basketball victory over Miami, in reporting that "Miami led by four as late as 6:27, 69-64."

Jim Smith What's Funny About Apartheid?

"The Lockhorns" cartoon that appeared Jan. 5 is an example of utter poor taste and gross insensitivity.

The definition of "apartheid" goes beyond "separateness." It is: "racial segregation; a policy of segregation and political and economic discrimination against non-European groups in the Union of South Africa."

The use of this word in a humorous vein trivializes the deaths of thousands of people and the daily agony of those who must continue to live under a barbarous regime. I am incensed that anyone could find humor in the midst of such suffering.

Jeanne C. McDowell No Sense for News

You've done it again. A big story under your noses, and you bury it in trivia. Have you no sense at all for news?

The Post devoted 37 column inches to a story about the wind chill factor {Style, Jan. 6}. Big deal. You paid somebody to write that? Everyone knows it's colder when the wind blows.

And there, hidden in the middle of the article, is a real jewel attributed to one Greg Gordon of Mount Washington, N.H.:

"About two or three times a week, on and off for a few years, I've been going up on the top of a tower here and exposing my hand to the wind. I try to be at rest and comfortably dressed. I hold my hand up until the outer layer of skin freezes -- it turns the skin white and makes a welt. When that happens, I put it back in my mitten . . . I can tell you that there's an appreciable difference between 50 miles an hour and 70 miles an hour. It's common sense."

Common sense?

What compels this person to behave in such an astonishing manner?

That, gentlemen, was your story.

David Savignac About That $822,000 Camel

Kindly refer to the news item "Camel Races Entertain Sheikhs," which appeared in your esteemed paper last Nov. 15.

I wonder whether a camel can fetch a price as high as 3 million dirhams, an equivalent of $822,000, as reported in the the article, unless some mistake might have crept in somewhere.

Anand Prakash