Posted by Word Camel on November 07, 2003
In Reply to: The moral of this story is posted by ESC on November 07, 2003
: : : : : : : 1.Who is a faculty adviser?
: : : : : : : 2.How is slack-jawed? What feeling does it present?
: : : : : : Slack-jawed refers to slow talking country people who drawl - slack-jawed yokel (local)
: : : : : : : Thanks folks!
: : : : : A faculty adviser is a teacher or professor assigned to advise a student about what courses to take and possibly other decisions related to the student's progress in school.
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: : : : WRONG on 'slack-jawed'.
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: : : : From http://dictionary.cambridge.org/define.asp?key=74266&dict=CALD - "with your mouth open in surprise".
: : : : From http://www.infoplease.com/ipd/A0656517.html - "having the mouth open, esp. as an indication of astonishment, bewilderment, etc."
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: : : There are many reliable online sources for finding authoritative answers to questions like these. This is a wonderful site to come to for stimulating discussion about words and phrases; but it's always a good idea to also do some basic research on your own, either prior to jumping in with a question, or afterwards, to verify some of the ideas thrown out in response--or both.
: : In the US, it tends to be spelled a-d-v-i-s-O-r. Don't know why.
: The way I've heard it, "slack-jawed" means stupid. Slack-jawed idiots.
I have it on the best authority that slack-jawed refers to people who went to Cambirdge