Other Matters: Language — “Sophomore”

In the e-mail today came yet another news release using one of the favorite clichés of record company publicists. It announced the release of "the sophomore album" of a young saxophonist. A sophomore is a second-year student at a high school, college or university. You could look it up. The word is not a synonym for "second." The saxophonist's fourth release, I presume, will be his senior album, the fifth his post-graduate album, the sixth his post-doctoral album. Strunk and White's The Elements … [Read more...]