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Stanford graduation celebrates bridge-building, the unexpected

Original post made on Jun 19, 2017

Stanford University's commencement ceremony on Sunday morning emphasized themes of embracing the unexpected, bridging divisions and understanding others.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, June 18, 2017, 5:08 PM

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Posted by Latin snob
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 19, 2017 at 4:19 pm

"Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, a Stanford alumni" should be alumnus. Alumni is the masculine plural. Alumnus is masculine singular. Alumna is feminine singular. Alumnae is feminine plural. This is a pet peeve of mine. Whenever I see a license plate holder that says "[School] Alumni" I wonder if more than one member of the family is an alumnus/a of the school, or if the license plate creators and/or purchasers are Latin ignorant.

Congratulations to the newest alumnae/i of Stanford!


Posted by Need more English taught
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 19, 2017 at 5:50 pm

The writer should have been edited. I don't know whether newspapers have language editors any more.
However, one does not need to know Latin to know, or to look up, the correct form of that word. There is enough misspelling and bad grammar around, learning Latin is the least of the problem. English grammar and usage need to be taught in all school levels.
P.S. you could have been more concise in your message.


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