longtime professor

Paul Frank paulfrank at POST.HARVARD.EDU
Sun Jun 6 17:14:20 UTC 2010

On Sun, Jun 6, 2010 at 6:57 PM, Victor Steinbok <aardvark66 at gmail.com> wrote:
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> Maybe my radar for odd expressions is off, but it certainly went off on
> this one:
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>> On the Democratic side, attorney Billy Coyle and longtime professor
>> Tom Guild have announced their intentions to run.
> So what is a "longtime professor" in this context?
> Â  Â  VS-)

Tom Guild is a tenured professor at the University of Central
Oklahoma. It might be a way of saying tenured. More likely it just
means that he's been a professor for a long time (since 1979), which
presumably qualifies him to wax political on the topic of education:



Paul Frank
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