December
2nd 2011
Teacher, Teacher

Posted under: art, fluff, students

Lesson one, just begun:  growing up is not much fun.

I had a lovely e-mail out of the blue from a former student from 16 years ago recently.  He wrote, “[y]ou encouraged me to drop the use of the word ‘seminal,’ which I have done!”  Victory is mine!!!

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8 Responses to “Teacher, Teacher”

  1. truffula on 02 Dec 2011 at 2:37 pm #

    Hey! I got an advertisement for pre-paid cremation with the video.

  2. kimbrulee on 02 Dec 2011 at 4:01 pm #

    Awesome! Any tips for getting my classmates in a Women’s Studies grad course on methods to stop using that word? I die a bit inside every time I hear it.

  3. Historiann on 02 Dec 2011 at 4:19 pm #

    Suggest germinal or ovular as (much less sticky) substitutes.

  4. Ruth on 02 Dec 2011 at 4:24 pm #

    I usually suggest “fertile,” which is somewhat gender-neutral, and also, I think, a better model for the way knowledge is created/transmitted. An idea or event doesn’t contain within itself the seeds of later ones, it provides an environment (ground) in which later ones can grow.

  5. Liz2 on 02 Dec 2011 at 5:20 pm #

    Congratulations! I try to beat that one out of my students too, although I usually spend more time on getting tribe out of their vocabulary.

  6. koshembos on 02 Dec 2011 at 6:09 pm #

    “Can I draw it?” No, explain in words. “Just a small drawing” NO! Sometime they do call.

  7. Indyanna on 02 Dec 2011 at 6:59 pm #

    This might have the ancillary benefit of taking “webinar” down with it. I’d like to see a whole French Revolutionary calendar of new academic terms:
    germinal, prairial, messidor, etc. “Colloquia/ums,” kind of make me think of getting mugged in a supper club coat room. Surely there’s something better out there for such a course form. The war for the store in higher ed. will surely have a nomenclatural front. The Electronic Delivery of Educational Services Association [TM] has launched the term “podium” classes as a kind of sneering dismissive for the practice whereby somebody else is actually in the same room and within sight of the active learners; a neologism I could kind of do without.

  8. iris on 04 Dec 2011 at 11:49 am #

    A history professor of mine once suggested “generative” instead.