January 19th, 2007

latin

proper appellation

Living near IU, most talk is of the Hoosiers. So, when talk turns to the few family members who go to that "other" Indiana school -- you know, the one abbreviated P.U. -- interesting things happen. I overheard somebody talking to a person who had a student up there, and this was what was said: "So, he's a Purduian, huh?"

My immediate, if unspoken, response was, "That's wrong. It ought to be Purduvian" -- on the analogy Peru, Peruvian : Purdue, Purduvian, right?