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scholar up

verb; compounding
Put yourself in a frame of mind so you can do work, such as do research or write an article. To suddenly immerse yourself in work. Make yourself act like a scholar. Used by professors and students alike. Generally used to describe the change from procrastinating to an intense extended working period. The word up refers to the change that is undergone from procrastinating to working, and scholar refers to the type of change, so the general meaning is “to make yourself act like a scholar.” A similar usage of the word up as meaning "change" can be seen in the phrase "suit up", which was popularized by the television show How I Met your Mother by the character Barney. The word up may also be a metaphorical representation of changing from procrastinating, which uses little brain power to, to the more challenging actual intellectual work. Up is indicative of the increase in cognitive function.
 
"After I have done everything I can to avoid work, I scholar up and write.”
Etymology : The root words scholar (from M.L. scholaris) and up are compounded
Source : Dr. Ninetto in Anth 366 9-30-10
Last modified: 8 December 2010


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