May 17, 2017

"lol why go to university when you can just sit at home and fail at life and stuff"

Somebody got hold of the UW–Madison official Twitter account.

I think it was the Russians English.  We don't say "go to university" in America. We say go to school and go to college, but we say go to the university (and go to the hospital).

37 comments:

I Have Misplaced My Pants said...

I have noticed in the last few people in border states (such as my native Washington) starting to ape the Anglo style of referring to 'university.' So maybe?

JohnAnnArbor said...

A Russian who speaks British English sent after us to help Trump!

MadisonMan said...

And I thought "BuckyBadger!!" was such a great password!

EDH said...

"lol why go to university when you can just sit at home and fail at life and stuff"

Althouse started a retirement blog? [only kidding]

buwaya said...

Indians or Canadians did it.
There is a very noticable Indian effect in university culture and dialect, that the Chinese didnt have.

Jim said...

Especially Ohioans. They go to The Ohio State University.

Nonapod said...

Lame. Surely they could come up with something more witty and sardonic than that.

JohnAnnArbor said...

Especially Ohioans. They go to The Ohio State University.

But they say it like this: The Ohio State University.

TosaGuy said...

Young progs now say that phrase. It is not as well adopted as Americans now using queue up instead of line up.

Usually the fancier the school, the more the use of the university phrase, as if they are all Oxford scholars or something.

I find queue up to be pretentious and forced.

This now concludes your linguistics minute with TosaGuy

Michael K said...

"why go to university when you can just sit at home and fail at life and stuff"

You could go to university, major in Gender Studies and then fail in life.

Fernandinande said...

It couldn't be a Chinese person because they don't say LOL, they say "ROR".

Ann Althouse said...

"Althouse started a retirement blog? [only kidding]"

LOL. I thought the same thing writing the post.

Sebastian said...

Is the FBI investigating yet?

Bill Peschel said...

Someone's got to make the obvious joke: "How could they tell?"

Since it was only four tweets, I wonder if someone tried a password for s. and g.s, got in, and was too shocked to figure out what to do next.

What an opportunity for mischief! I would have stayed on until the FBI was banging down the door.

Mike said...

Fernandinande said...
It couldn't be a Chinese person because they don't say LOL, they say "ROR".


Dude!

AHL said...

Or Canada!

TosaGuy said...

So why did the UW hire John Podesta to manage their social media accounts?

n.n said...

The Nigerians are phishing for a reaction.

TosaGuy said...

From my observations while in college getting two degrees, most students have ample opportunity to sit at home and fail. Others work or actually study while not in class.

Lyle Smith said...

Or just someone who learned British English.

Rosa Marie Yoder said...

Or a Canadian.

Chris N said...

Good eye, Ann.

This has Russkies written all over it.

Ivan probably did a stint at Oxford before he infiltrated that site.

Deep State Stuff. Hacking. Fancy Bear.

Inside Job.

Jeff Gee said...

Young guy who needed a jump in Brooklyn asked me if I had jumper cables in my boot. Very annoying, although not so annoying I didn't hook up the batteries. I don't know what the British term for "jumper cables" is, but I suspect we'll all know within a couple of years.

Big Mike said...

Someone wrote "to college" then realized that UW-Mad is a university and edited the tweet before posting it. No need to assume a foreigner.

poker1one said...

Althouse wrote:

"We don't say "go to university" in America. We say go to school and go to college, but we say go to the university (and go to the hospital)."

Yet we go, down cellar and upstairs. Go figure.

Char Char Binks said...

I don't see the usage as foreign, regional, or non-Wisconsin at all. If it were referring to a SPECIFIC university it would be "the university". If referring to ANY university, there would be no need for "the".

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Char Char Binks said...

Sure, most Americans would say "a university", but brevity is the soul of Twit.

mockturtle said...

Yes, my husband always said 'when I was at university', 'in hospital', etc.

wwww said...

I have noticed in the last few people in border states (such as my native Washington) starting to ape the Anglo style of referring to 'university.' So maybe?


Canadians say this, so that makes sense that northern border states might pick it up.

Canadian hackers at UW!!!

mockturtle said...

Canadians say this, so that makes sense that northern border states might pick it up.

Cultural appropriation?

SukieTawdry said...

Your Canadian neighbors I'm guessing.

Balfegor said...

Re: Fernandinande:

It couldn't be a Chinese person because they don't say LOL, they say "ROR".

哈哈

holdfast said...

That's interesting.

In Canada "college" basically meant "community college" or "junior college" - not a place to get a 4-year Bachelor's. Rather, you'd get a couple of years of credits there and then transfer to a university.

If you were pursuing a 4-year degree (or master's or PHD) you would "go to university".

London Girl said...

@ Jeff gee
jumper cables is jump leads in British English.
You're welcome!

mockturtle said...

In England, a college is a part of a university. E.g., Oxford has 38 colleges.

mockturtle said...

Cambridge has 31.