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Misusing "Alumni" and Related Words

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"Alumni" is the plural of the Latin word "alumnus", literally meaning "student; fosterling", but commonly used as "graduate". "Alumni" is often used as a singular noun, especially on motor vehicle license plate covers. (Most likely there is only one graduate driving.)

Adding to this confusion is the fact that there is also a feminine form, "alumna", which should be used for a single female graduate, and the plural "alumnae", for multiple female graduates. (Mixed-gender groups use the plural "alumni".)

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