LEE TORDA, PhD
310 Tillinghast Hall
Bridgewater State University
On Zoom: https://bridgew.zoom.us/j/3806648927
Fall 2021 Open Hours for students (office hours):
MW (in-person or Zoom) 1:30 to 2:30
T (Zoom only) 10:00 to 11:00
R 1:45 to 2:45 (in-person or Zoom)
And by appointment
Make an appointment, either face to face or on zoom, during office hours or at another time: Let me know you want to meet by adding yourself to my google.doc appointment calendar here: https://goo.gl/3CqLf. If you are meeting me on zoom, I will send you a zoom link for the time you sign up for.
From The New Yorker's Adam Gopnik, an excerpt from his blog post "Christopher Michael-Martinez's Father Gets It Right" . . .
The war against euphemism and cliché matters not because we can guarantee that eliminating them will help us speak nothing but the truth but, rather, because eliminating them from our language is an act of courage that helps us get just a little closer to the truth. Clear speech takes courage. Every time we tell the truth about a subject that attracts a lot of lies, we advance the sanity of the nation. Plain speech matters because when we speak clearly we are more likely to speak truth than when we retreat into slogan and euphemism; avoiding euphemism takes courage because it almost always points plainly to responsibility.