Date: Tue, 21 Nov 1995 08:42:22 -0500 From: Wayne Glowka Subject: Re: PC Language >WayneG wrote: "If we slip up and say "dorms," we get corrected." > >By whom, Wayne??? > >Bethany By people who work in student affairs--and by their student agents. During orientation, the students are told that they live in residence halls, not dorms. Dorms are places that don't matter to the people. Residence halls are places the students can call home. The students also eat in a dining hall, not a cafeteria. You have to remember that at a small college, faculty are in constant touch with faculty from other disciplines and with people from all kinds of administrative offices. Half the time when one goes to a party--say with a keg or a chest of beer--even the lowliest can sit and chat with the president and his wife. Speaking of self-elevating terms, when I worked at a department store in Pennsylvania, my manager hated being called a "clerk" by customers. He would correct them and tell them that he was a manager. We all wore name tags announcing that we were "sales associates." All of the people in management and personnel called us "sales associates." I figured that the name was supposed to dull the sting of minimum wage. It was always embarrassing to go to the bank on payday. Wayne Glowka Professor of English Director of Research and Graduate Student Services Georgia College Milledgeville, GA 31061 912-453-4222 wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]