Note: This alphabetized list is a work in progress. It contains all sorts of expressions, from formal to slang, gathered from all kinds of speakers, from Dean Sullivan to students to businesspeople. Thanks to Ernesto Oechler, MBA '00, for reviewing, organizing, and editing this version.Please e-mail
A particular television news magazine or nonfiction show that can be
seen on one network one night a week. "I was watching 20-20 last
night and I heard that short term memory loss is a problem for baby
boomers [people born just after world war II]." Note: the title comes
from 20-20 vision \u2013 the ability to see from 20 feet what a normal
person can see from 20 feet.
Around the clock, without closing. "We maintain a 24/7 presence in
"I'm available 24/7 for anything you might need."
(Four point oh) \u2013 perfect grades (A is the best grade; A = 4, B = 3, C
= 2, etc.). "If you went to an inner city high school and got a 4.0
GPA, you'd probably get downgraded to a 2.5 [by employers who
don\u2019t think your school is good]."
Find (verb). "We look at people in their late 20's. They know it's
time to take the posters off the wall. They'd like to buy art, but they
don't know how to access it. They don't want to go to the Holiday
Inn by the Airport and buy sofa size art on Sunday afternoon."
Explanation: (1) College students and recent college grads usually
don't own art -- they put cheap posters on their walls. (2) Traveling
vendors offer cheap, big paintings at "flea markets" at spots like
Holiday Inns. These paintings will not gain value over the years.
Mr. Hale's company sponsors ways for young people to buy real art,
which is original and which might be appreciated by local artists.
Roland West, an African-American speaker, used the term as
equivalent to Black people. For many people, either term is
acceptable. "The whole beach was populated by African-
The fact (or analytical step) that causes the student to say "Ah-ha! Now I understand." "The capacity need is the ah-ha of the case.\u201d Also means yes.
Speaking in class so the professor will notice you. "Students
compete for air time." "Ask yourself, \u2018is this a story that I want to
use my air time in class to tell?\u2019"
Former students; former participants in a program that is not a
school. "After 9 years we have the alumni coming back to tell the
new scholars about their experience".
Overly careful or meticulous [from Freudian psychology]. "What if
you have shaken hands with people and then want to use your hands
for your roll? That [thinking you might have germs from others'
hands that would make you sick] is a little anal." [The possibility of
getting sick seems so remote that you seem to be too cautious.]
Inability to act that is caused by excessive thinking. "Let's take the
standard deviation of the page numbers and see if that helps us get
an answer [an exaggerated example of analysis paralysis, an
approach that tries to get an answer too directly from data and that
leads to no answer at all]."
A Jewish girl who perished in the Nazi Holocaust (persecution and
killing of Jews) in Holland, but whose diaries are famous. "Exploris
will have an exhibit about Anne Frank."
Beginning with (a point in time) and continuing, "As of July 1, 1999,
your visa will be invalid." (Your visa will expire at the end of June
Building material used in earlier times that have proved harmful and
that property owners in the USA spend huge amounts of money to
eliminate. "After we left Carroll Hall, it took seven months to get the
asbestos out. We must have been breathing that stuff for years."
Children who are in danger of not getting a basic education. "We
give our employees time off from work so they can tutor at risk
Automatic teller machine. Here, just an unthinking source of cash. "We were initially viewed [by nonprofits] as a ATM; people came along and we gave them money."
Work to solve a problem. "The financial data might be totally
useless in helping you decide where the problem lies and how to
Figure out what you need by analysis. "[By asking yourself the right questions] you can back up to - here are the numbers I need to get to that spot -"
A Protestant Christian denomination that forbids drinking alcohol.
"You're not going to take a bottle of wine to someone's house if they
Be a recognized force in a market or field. "We need to be a world player. We need to recognize that diversity is opportunity. We are in the process of becoming a very important world player."
(Doing something) \u2013 have (something) as a goal. "[Talking about
interdisciplinary work:] we are about doing that today." Dean
Be active or be sexually active (with). "I wanted to say I've been involved with Kenan-Flagler in just about every possible way, but then I thought about our President in Washington and I decided I didn't want to be that inclusive."
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