December 4th, 2007

Dr. Jackson (lingual/supergeek)

Organized linguicide

Title
Organized linguicide

Short, concise description of the idea
Narrow the definition of alumnus in all declensions to exclude non-graduates.

Full description of the idea
The panel has discovered that many definitive (no pun intended) online dictionaries (even the prescriptive ones) list the definition of alumnus (and other declensions of alumnus) as "a graduate or former student of a specific school, college, or university" or something similar. The panel takes issue with the phrase "or former student" and would like it to be stricken from all prescriptive definitions (as well as (read: "especially") from common use).

An ordered list of benefits
  1. Too many alumni (and alumnae) don't even know that alumni is plural. Let's shrink that number.

  2. Definition would be less ambiguous.



An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  1. People suck too much to know a good thing when they hear it.

  2. People will argue that alumnus fills a void with its ambiguity that graduate does not fill. Therefore, we should just use graduate to express that a person is a graduate. Rebuttal: Facebook.com doesn't list "graduate" as a status choice.



An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation
  • License to glossecticize anyone who uses alumnus (or a derivative) in the broad meaning. That is all.