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#1 2009-03-07 11:36:05

DavidTuggy
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summa cum laud

An entry in the category of “Oopsies!”

The son of an attorney, Simring was valedictorian at Hollywood Hills High School in Florida, a magna cum laud graduate of Princeton University in 1988 and

Graduated either Cum Laud or Magna Cum Laud from all schools. Smart guy!

M.A. in Teaching (Norfolk State University, 1999 Summa Cum Laud), ... School of Theology, Virginia Union University, 2007 Cum Laud).

Especially when it’s repeated, you get to thinking it’s not just an omission typo, but an expression of the kind of ignorance that summa cummer-bums oughtn’t to get caught in.
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And of course since laud is a perfectly good word (with pretty much the same meaning, just not the right Latin form), a spell-checker is unlikely to catch it.
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As my brother likes to say, “I dint gradiate magnum-cum-laude, much less summer-cum-laude —I gradiated Laude-how-cum!”
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A fun one-of example:

My daughter is a sophmore at UCF with a 4.0 and in two NHS one for transfer students (transferred from Miami of Ohio also 3.7 and the other Maguma cum laud.


*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .

(Possible Corollary: it is, and we are .)

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#2 2009-03-07 13:47:39

klakritz
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Re: summa cum laud

I decided to check out ‘summa cum loud,’ but it’s almost always used deliberately to celebrate high-volume rock bands.

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#3 2009-03-08 11:24:29

burred
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Re: summa cum laud

Klakritz, you’re on to something with the pronunciation ‘loud’. There are many instances on the web of people being “louded.” Would this be like being loudly acclaimed?

“I remember when Tarantino was louded as the guy who ressurects careers.” (http://www.defamer.com.au/2009/02/caree … cks-2.html)

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#4 2009-03-08 11:40:56

nilep
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Re: summa cum laud

The great difficulty in knowing whether these users imagine that top graduates are lauded for their achievement, or if they’ve simply misspelled laude makes this (potentially) an almost-hidden eggcorn. Or is that “semi-stealth eggcorn”?

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#5 2009-03-08 17:37:00

patschwieterman
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Re: summa cum laud

“Cum laude” and “laud” are really close etymologically. This may not be clear to all users, but the reshaping lacks a bit in real surprise. I think the Lakritz/Burred contribution is actually the stronger eggcorn here—the sense of being “louded for” something seems to be that you’re loudly acclaimed for it. Google assures me that there are over 800,000 hits for “louded for” but I can see about 40 ugh that look like the target. I had a vague memory that someghing like this had been discussed before, but I can’t find it. If that’s right, “louded for” is one of my favorite of the current crop.

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#6 2018-12-11 16:02:02

David Bird
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Re: summa cum laud

It was designer coffee that got them through.

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#7 2018-12-11 16:19:31

DavidTuggy
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Re: summa cum laud

Very good!
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The version I remember from my youth was: “My sister gradiated Summa cum laude, my brother gradiated Magna cum laude, I gradiated Laude how cum!”


*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .

(Possible Corollary: it is, and we are .)

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#8 2018-12-11 18:30:40

Dixon Wragg
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From: Cotati, California
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Re: summa cum laud

I vaguely recall an X-rated version of this theme built around the phrase “cum loud”.

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#9 2018-12-11 23:23:21

DavidTuggy
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Re: summa cum laud

I’ve gotten to the stage where I just repeat myself endlessly. (See the post two back and the first in this thread.) Don’t y’all pay me no never mind.

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*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .

(Possible Corollary: it is, and we are .)

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#10 2018-12-11 23:28:52

David Bird
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Re: summa cum laud

Dixon, there have been consequences of that confusion, in cake space. The Chicago Sun Times reported on this one this summer:

This was apparently down to a computer that refused to allow the mention of —-. See the report here.

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#11 2018-12-12 01:57:33

Dixon Wragg
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From: Cotati, California
Registered: 2008-07-04
Posts: 1372

Re: summa cum laud

David Bird wrote:

Dixon, there have been consequences of that confusion, in cake space. The Chicago Sun Times reported on this one this summer…
This was apparently down to a computer that refused to allow the mention of —-. See the report here.

Another sad example of the most common sexual perversion—prudishness.

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