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‘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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an alumni

“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.” 🙂

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