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08 March 2007 @ 12:22 am
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I'd been avoiding this one, because I take offense at the American terminology.
So, feel free to imagine the above phrased in whatever your local idiom may be.

Speaking of Americanisms, I am rather disturbed by the proliferation of the term "fresher" on campus.
Apart from being a hideously clunky abbreviation, the preferred term is "first year" which can be abbreviated to "firsty".
Unless, that is, you enjoy sounding like a Seppo.
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knave_scurvyknave_scurvy on March 7th, 2007 01:56 pm (UTC)
the choral societies have been referring to new members as freshers for decades. and I don't think that it came from an American source, much more likely English or just "hasn't been corrupted yet" it is possible that this spate is not of American origin. (I say possible rather than likely)
Jacobyak_boy on March 7th, 2007 01:58 pm (UTC)
You're probably right, the term just grates on me.
grendelgrendelis on March 7th, 2007 02:30 pm (UTC)
well in Scotland, when I was a student, if was Freshers Week... cos they were fresh/new to it all... I prefer to what they say here in NZ... Orientation. how dull.

have fun
Prisspr1ss on March 7th, 2007 04:18 pm (UTC)
That was my comment about freshmen.
Loki Carbislokicarbis on March 8th, 2007 12:02 am (UTC)
We still call 'em Jaffy's out here :)
Jacobyak_boy on March 8th, 2007 12:26 am (UTC)
I was a Flufy.

Fucking little upstart first year.

Now, eight years on, I'm a first year again.
I think I'll dub myself a Yafy:

You're a first year???
Loki Carbislokicarbis on March 8th, 2007 12:30 am (UTC)
Not yet. (Although when I do, it'll be the ninth time.) At the moment I just work here...
Jacobyak_boy on March 8th, 2007 12:35 am (UTC)
That question wasn't aimed at you.
It was what Yafy stands for.
Rebel Without a Moolonecow on March 8th, 2007 05:03 am (UTC)
In England they were called 'freshers' too. (Orientation week included a "Fresher's Fayre" - basically a huge tent set up with all the clubs and societies so you could wander around and sign up for stuff.)