7 June 2006

Collegiate is an adjective you morons

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Hawker Collegiate is the thing (for want of a better word) to be created from the bodies of Hawker Primary, Belconnen High and Hawker College. You can read the details on the DET proposals page. There’s mention of this monstrosity on the Hawker College link. (nice use of word documents, don’t get me started about proprietary formats in public documents)

Only I’ve checked with three dictionaries and collegiate is an adjective, and not a not a noun, in all of them.

So, to show just how well thought out these proposals are, they’re creating a school with a grammatically incorrect name.

UPDATED: Browsing with increasing horror through the Towards 2020 blueprint (bet they were gutted to discover they’d missed 2000) I note more novel uses of the word “collegiate”, such as “a collegiate of schools will be developed in Hawker” and “The Melba Collegiate of Schools”.

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Woody Mann-Caruso1:47 pm 08 Jun 06

Only I’ve checked with three dictionaries and collegiate is an adjective, and not a not a noun, in all of them.

The OED says it’s an adjective, a noun, and a verb.

1 collegiate, a. and n.
2 collegiate, v.

As a noun, it’s an obscure synonym for “collegian” – “a member or inmate of a college; one who is receiving, or has received, a college education, a student”. The noun is also obscure slang for “an inmate of an asylum, prison, or the like.” Make of that what you will. The verb means “To make collegiate; to constitute as a college or collegiate church.”

The fact that it’s an obscure noun doesn’t change the fact that they keep on using that word, and I don’t think it means what they think it means.

I’d send my kiddies to you if were a school.

We need more Ted Bundy’s in canberra i reckon JB!

Concatenate is a verb, ideally gives a sense of action and motion, a similar usage would be “The Report”.

Also i’m not a school!

But thanks for the kind words.

BTW, JB, your new organ ‘The Concatenate’. Great idea, hope it goes well. But isn’t the noun ‘concatenation’? (I also like the appeal of the ‘nation’ part of that….)

Wouldn’t be the first time. In Singapore there’s an otherwise august institution named ‘Nanyang Technological University’. (At least, it used to be; I haven’t checked recently).

So typical. It is quite amazing that anyone gets a decent education these days. What did they think would happen when they started training people with a c-grade school average as teachers?

They’d be better off inventing a new word to describe composite colleges.

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