Richard Armitage on university break

simultaneously pretentious and immature; having the intellectual development of a nineteen-year-old. Richard Armitage as Kenneth in Love, Love, Love

Simultaneously overconfident, pretentious and immature; having the intellectual development of a nineteen-year-old. Probably derived from Greek / Latin sophisma to Old French soffime to 17th century English sophumer (someone who practices sophism, later a formal designation for second-year students at Cambridge University that was imported by Harvard College upon its founding. The folk etymology from Greek sophos (wise) + moros (foolish) is probably incorrect. Richard Armitage as Kenneth in Love, Love, Love. My cap.

Before you object, my favorite age to teach was eighteen- to twenty-four-year-olds. But it’s true, there is something about that second year of university (called the sophomore year in the U.S.) that makes students seem to think they know everything. It has its charming moments.

~ by Servetus on February 21, 2017.

6 Responses to “Richard Armitage on university break”

  1. Does that apply to high school too? Because I have a kid in second year of high school and she thinks she knows EVERYTHING. The attitude is unbelievable.


    • LOL. I think of “sophomoric” as something that applies specifically to college students — like they’ve just finished “intro to philosophy” and so they interject into every discussion that reality is relative or whatever. They’ve just discovered this truth that they want to share with everyone. However, maybe I don’t know enough 16 year olds to make a useful comparison.


  2. I never did know the meaning of sophomore… not a word we tend to use in the UK now so I’m fascinated to hear it originated here (and was used in Cambridge, my home town). I just asked my husband (American, postgrad in Cambridge) if he ever heard it used there and he said he thought it was an Americanism 😀


    • yeah, Cambridge abandoned these designations (they originally corresponded to proficiency levels of theological or philosophical disputation) when they abandoned disputation as the basis for granting degrees — I think this was sometime in the eighteenth century but I’d have to look it up. They were never used at Oxford, and interestingly the only place “thereabouts” that uses them now is apparently Dublin. (shrugs).

      OK, I gave in and looked it up. The triposes were introduced at Cambridge in the early to mid-nineteenth century.


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