I have always wondered if there was a connection between these two words, and if the meaning of sophomoric (childish, immature) has any connection to the reason a sophomore is someone in their second year/stage of High School or college. I guess this is two Good Word suggestions in one, you can choose which word would work best.
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1688, "student in the second year of university study," lit. "arguer," altered from sophumer (1653, from sophume, archaic variant form of sophism), probably by influence of folk etymology derivation from Gk. sophos "wise" + moros "foolish, dull." Short form soph is attested from 1778. Sophomoric "characteristic of a sophomore" (regarded as self-assured and opinionated but crude and immature) is attested from 1837.
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