‘Tis the season … graduates everywhere.
We were surprised to find this mistake in DentalLife (magazine supplement to the Austin Business Journal):
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“Dr. Loveless is an LVI alumni“
So, here is the lesson of the day:
alumnus. n. (singular) a boy or man who has attended or been graduated from a school, college, etc.
alumna. n. (singular) a girl or woman who has attended or been graduated from a school, college, etc.
alum. n. (singular) gender-neutral abbreviation for either of the above.
alumni. n. (plural) as in a group or association of former students and/or graduates.
Dear Dr. Loveless, unless you are schizophrenic, in which case, the grammar would be “Drs. Loveless are LVI alumni,” you are an LVI alumnus.” 🙂