General Counsel, Take 3

Geoff Nathan an6993 at WAYNE.EDU
Tue Feb 10 14:27:46 UTC 2004

I apologize for reviving a dead thread (how's that for an image?), but  I
mentioned this discussion to Wayne's General Counsel and discovered a
deliberate terminological intention.  According to him, 'Counsellors' spend
most of their time advising the University, while lawyers spend their time
in courtrooms.  Since most of what he does involves consulting on what
might or might not be legal, rather than preparing for trial, he says, he
is a 'counsellor', not a 'lawyer.'

This is similar to another deliberate change in University terminology,
from 'dormitory' to 'residence hall'.  If you have any contact with the
people in Student Life you will be beaten over the head about the fact that
'a dormitory is where you sleep, but a residence hall is where you
live'.  Language engineering on a small scale.


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