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Linda Hilton

Reader, Writer, Merciless Reviewer and Incurable Romantic

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Nancy MacLean
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The Looking-Glass Portrait
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Jon Krakauer

Regarding that rant about education. . . . .

 

I could offer a critique of the writing, the mixed tenses, and the not-quite-right word choices.  I could, but I'm not going to.

 

No, I'm going to be a real bitch and point out just one thing:

 

Alumnus is the Latin word for "foster son," and as such is commonly used to designate a graduate of a college or university.  Alumni is the plural form for male graduates.

 

Alumna is the feminine form, "foster daughter," and refers today to a female graduate of a college or university.  The feminine plural is alumnae.

 

It is grammatically impossible to be "a ... alumni."

 

I knew this because I am educated.  (One year high school Latin.)

 

 

http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/alumnus