Posted by ESC on August 22, 2003
In Reply to: Academia posted by GPP on August 22, 2003
: : When a college student "emerges from academia", what does it mean? What is an academia?
: Not 'an academia'. A general noun, not taking an article ('a', 'an', 'the'). From the word 'academy'; and meaning, roughly, the generality of colleges or universities; thus, the student has completed his/her formal studies. The phrase as quoted by you is very artificial and self-conscious, and would only be used by a stuffed-shirt academic.
Main Entry: ac·a·de·mia
Etymology: New Latin, from Latin, academy
Another online dictionary - dictionary.com -- defines academia as: The academic community; academe.
Back to Merriam-Webster:
Main Entry: ac·a·deme
Pronunciation: 'a-k&-"dEm, "a-k&-'
Etymology: Latin Academus (in the phrase inter silvas Academi among the groves of Academus), from Greek AkadEmos -- more at ACADEMY
1 a : a place of instruction : SCHOOL b : the academic life, community, or world
2 : ACADEMIC; especially : PEDANT
Main Entry: groves of academe
Usage: often capitalized A
: the academic world