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Matriculate

Postby Slava » Thu Jun 27, 2013 10:59 pm

I've had this one in mind for a while, and now that it has come up in a recent Goodword of the day, lustrum, I guess it is time to toss it out there to see if anyone will salute it. :)

I believe this is a word that is often misused and misunderstood. Perhaps an operation by our Good Doctor would be of use here?
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Re: Matriculate

Postby Perry Lassiter » Fri Jun 28, 2013 1:00 pm

To teenage minds, all -ate words sound mildly dirty (as do 90% of all words). We used to tell younger folks in late August that we were about to matriculate. Plus we proclaimed we loved to osculate.
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Re: Matriculate

Postby Philip Hudson » Fri Jun 28, 2013 9:56 pm

The result of matriculation should be eventual graduation. I never heard the sentence, "I graduated high school," until recently. I think it's a Yankee incursion. Does a person graduate her/his high school? By what authority? I was taught to say, "I was graduated from high school." The school officials did the graduating. Does the act of graduating one's self sound like someone scratching a chalkboard to anyone else.
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Re: Matriculate

Postby Slava » Fri Jun 28, 2013 10:10 pm

Philip Hudson wrote:Does the act of graduating one's self sound like someone scratching a chalkboard to anyone else.
Not to me, but I expect I'm a generation or so after you. While I do know the usage, I have to admit I say, "I graduated in such-and-such year." I have never said, "was graduated."
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Re: Matriculate

Postby Perry Lassiter » Fri Jun 28, 2013 11:17 pm

I have usually said, "I graduated from Baylor." i put in the work, and they handed me a diploma and let me go.
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Re: Matriculate

Postby Philip Hudson » Fri Jun 28, 2013 11:50 pm

I graduated from Texas A & I. I graduated as far from it as possible and still be in Texas.
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