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The Power of Language Marquis L. Bennett Emil L. Cunningham Kelly M. Griffith.

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1 The Power of Language Marquis L. Bennett Emil L. Cunningham Kelly M. Griffith

2 Definitions Freshman-a first year student, a newcomer What are some reasons why this word may be perceived as negative? What are some reasons why this word may be perceived as negative? What is at the heart of this word and why is deemed inappropriate? What is at the heart of this word and why is deemed inappropriate?

3 Definitions Fresh-Man Fresh-as an adjective-new, recent, newly made, recently arrived Man- an adult male human being; contrasted with woman; a male person who has reached adulthood Consider this, prior to the 20th century the word man was used typically to include women by implication, though preferring primarily to males. (OED.com) However now it is frequently understood to exclude women whenever used.

4 Definitions Freshman In society we have changed the way we use language because of the original meaning behind certain words? Consider words such as bondsman, barman, clergyman, countryman, landsman, linesman, salesman, seaman, and a postman Consider words such as bondsman, barman, clergyman, countryman, landsman, linesman, salesman, seaman, and a postman Where do we as Student Affairs Professionals fall in line with this standard?

5 Definitions Dormitory (dorm)-a room for sleeping; especially a large room containing several beds; a residential community inhabited chiefly by commuters What is at the heart of this word and why is deemed inappropriate?

6 Definitions Dormitory A sleeping chamber A hostel A resting place for the dead Latin root-literally a sleeping place


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