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maltuition

noun; blending; analogy
the state of lacking financial resources as a direct result of paying college tuition
 
Maltuition is blending of malnutrition, which refers to a medical condition caused by an inadequate diet, and tuition, which is the fees paid for an education, most often in reference to a college education. Maltuition is used in the sense of a condition suffered by the parents of college students in which they are suffering from the lack of financial resources (because they are paying for the tuition of their students). Maltuition is also an analogy on malnutrition because it takes the prefix mal 'bad' and combines it with tuition based on the understanding of the word malnutrition. However, it is a only a metaphor because the sufferer is not actually starving or malnourished due to having to pay for tuition.
Etymology : Maltuition is a blending of malnutrition and tuition. Malnutrition comes from mal 'bad' + nutrition. Nutrition comes from Latin nutritionem 'a nourishing,' which is from nutrire 'nourish, suckle.' Tuition comes from Anglo-French tuycioun, which is from Old French tuicion 'guardianship.' Tuicion is turn from Latin tuitionem 'a looking after, guardianship,' which is from Latin tuitus, past participle of tueri 'to look after.' Tuition originally meant the 'action of teaching pupils.' Tuition meaning 'money paid for instruction' came into the language in 1828 most likely as a clipping from tuition fees.
Source : "Many parents are suffering from maltuition as their sons and daughters are in college." (pastor, West University Baptist Church, November, 2008)
Last modified: 2 December 2008


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