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Academ (3)

noun; clipping; derivation
a student majoring in the liberal arts, humanities, or social sciences
 
The term ‘academ’ was clipped from the word ‘academic,’ thus producing a noun describing a person who studies academic fields as opposed to scientific fields. An academic field of study involves extensive lecture and discussion based classes that offer a theoretical approach to the world. The word ‘academ’ refers specifically to a student following such courses of study at Rice University and was created as a nickname for students in this field. The clipping functions not only to make the word shorter and easier to say, but also to transform the word from an adjective to a noun. In addition, the clipping deletes the –ic adjective suffix, thus changing the word into a noun form through derivation.
Etymology : from the word ‘academic’ without the –ic adjective ending; from the Latin word ‘academicus,’ meaning “collegiate, scholarly,” or “theoretical, not practical” (from Online Etymology Dictionary)
Source : “If you choose to be an academ instead of a science major, it will probably be easier for you to study abroad.” –conversation with a friend (September 2011)
Last modified: 3 December 2011