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Old 10-20-2005, 01:48 PM   #1
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What do you call schoolboys and schoolgirls? Are they pupils or students?

   
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Old 10-20-2005, 02:23 PM   #2
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What do you call schoolboys and schoolgirls? Are they pupils or students?
I probably say 'students' most of the time, but 'pupil' sounds perfectly natural to me, too.

I guess 'pupil' is, to people I know, a more formal word than 'student', used more often in formal writing and discussion.

My sis stops her high school students from calling her "Teach" (as in, "Hey, Teach,..." to get her attention) by coming back with "Yes, pupe?" Works like a charm. It only takes them a couple of attempts and they give it up for good. "Pupe" is just too annoying to hear or be called.

   
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Old 10-20-2005, 03:17 PM   #3
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Probably depends on your style guide.

Here's what my Associated Press book says:

"Use pupil for children in kindergarten through eighth grade. Student or pupil is acceptable for grades nine through 12. Use student for college and beyond."

   
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"Use pupil for children in kindergarten through eighth grade. Student or pupil is acceptable for grades nine through 12. Use student for college and beyond."
Well, that could explain why I haven't heard the word 'pupil' since about 8th grade.

   
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Kids, brats, or yobs.

   
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Kids, brats, or yobs.
Ok, who let the wag in here?

   
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Elyse:

It's some yahoo that didn't get the question, 'Are they pupils or students?'

   
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A pupil implies the existance of a paired teacher. A student, however, can be one who studies things--with or without a teacher/supervision.

"Little hooligans" probably serves just as well.<G>
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A pupil implies the existance of a paired teacher. A student, however, can be one who studies things--with or without a teacher/supervision.
That's true. And that would explain why I haven't heard the word pupil used since I was in grade school.

   
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