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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Criminal Sentence 562: College Error

From a Web site:

"I'm an alumni."

We don't speak or write much Latin these days, but this is a Latin error. It's the equivalent of saying "I'm a people."

"Alumni" is the masculine plural. The feminine plural is "alumnae." The singular words are "alumnus" (male) and "alumna" (female).


Anonymous said...

How about saying, "I am an alum."

Westley said...

Thank you for trying to bring some awareness of Latin to this world.

The Sentence Sleuth said...

Alum is just fine!