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Keith M. Campbell

"The education that I received at Lake Superior State University has opened many doors for me. I have worked with Firefighters and Paramedics for over thirty years as a co-worker, educator, and student. I have been very blessed in my life to have these opportunities. I truly believe that education is the cornerstone of everyone’s career and LSSU provides the best.

My future goals are to become the Director of a Fire Science program and follow in the footsteps of the great educators that I have had the privilege of learning from. This will not be easy, but I believe that these Professors have prepared me to be successful. My achievements will be a direct result of the knowledge that they have bestowed upon me. It will then be my obligation to share this knowledge with others. ”

Keith M. Campbell '07

Firefighter/Paramedic

Fire and hazardous materials response coordinator for the U.S. Navy based in Bahrain

Archives: Banished Words 1979

I Feel - Too often used for "I think" or "I believe." Since "feel" is emotional, the speakers protect themselves from challenge.

Social Security - Neither social nor secure.

Energy Crisis - Nobody knows what constitutes an energy crisis, what to do about it, or even, for certain, if one exists.

What Are You Into? - As in "I used to be into children, now I'm into death."

Most Cautious Use of the English Language Award - To the Clemson University Football Player who said of Woody Hayes (after being slugged on national television by the Ohio State University coach), "He might of gotten pushed into me."

Fried Cabbage Leaf Cluster Award: - To "Yuh Know," making the list for the second year. All Unicorn Hunters are directed to use the typewriter "c" key (since the cent isn't worth anything, any more) for this phrase, thus saving great quantities of paper. In the same category, a type of verbal punctuation: Okay, Really, EH (which is the Canadian Yuh Know) and Right. These phrases are so cluttering that real words may become obliterated.

Limited Banishments

The Bottom Line - Commonly used as the ultimate expression for any ultimate, is banished for use by all save accountants and financial vice presidents.

Learning Resources Center - Forbidden to librarians who are attempting to say "library."

Somewhere Down The Road - Banished from business but not song lyrics. Frequently used in press conferences to keep department heads and press guessing. Also used by executives if they don't actually plan on doing something: "That's somewhere down the road (and if I have anything to say about it we'll never get there).

Two-Year Probation

Ambience and Opt. - There is nothing wrong with these words, but they are being over used, particularly by restaurant critics and architects (and such usage tends to be pompous).

Washington Phrase Alert

Where You Stand Is Where You Sit - Apparently means that's one's philosophy and opinions are based solely on one's job. A slight distortion of original coinage by Don K. Price, then a Harvard dean: "Where you stand depends on where you sit."

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Jessica Hirt

Jessica Hirt
English

"One of my favorite things about LSSU is its size. The classrooms, especially as you get to the upper levels, get smaller, so you not only have a chance to discuss your ideas in an honest, supportive manner, but you also get to know your professors and classmates. The upper level courses really allow you to focus on what you love, and the small class size allows you to have time to share and to discuss your ideas."

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