To not be able to bring myself to say uni for university

(17 Posts)
Maquiladora Mon 31-Oct-16 10:58:50

It makes me cringe.
DNiece is in her 2nd year and DNephew is applying.
Their parents say uni, my friends say it but to me it just sounds so fake-Aussie. It's bad enough the young uns saying it but when my contemporaries say it, it's sounds as though they are trying to be cool.
Just say university FFS!

AIbU

SerendipityPhenomenon Mon 31-Oct-16 11:00:25

YANBU. See also indie for independent.

MyPatronusIsABadger Mon 31-Oct-16 11:03:13

YANBU I can't do it either.

abigamarone Mon 31-Oct-16 11:06:16

Unreasonable - in that you're prepared to use 'uns', 'DNiece' and FFS. Consistency is key.

And it's nothing like indie for independent.

scaryteacher Mon 31-Oct-16 11:06:52

YABU - we called it uni in the 80s, and I still do now at 50, as ds is at one.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Mon 31-Oct-16 11:09:20

It was uni in the 80's, it's uni now,but call it what you want just try not to do it pointedly

500internalerror Mon 31-Oct-16 11:10:41

It wasn't uni in the 90s, which is weird if it was in the 80s!

Hamsolo Mon 31-Oct-16 11:10:55

I thought the same before I went in the 90s but soon found myself using it too. You'll get used to it.

morningtoncrescent62 Mon 31-Oct-16 11:11:12

YANBU. I can't bring myself to say it either.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Mon 31-Oct-16 11:11:25

YABU.

Uni is perfectly appropriate.

Maquiladora Mon 31-Oct-16 11:18:10

abigamarone - but I wouldn't say those things in RL, just on the Internet. Whereas everyone seems to be saying uni and it makes my toes curl. It certainly wasn't used in the 80s - unless you were unduly influence by Neighbours.

Bragadocia Mon 31-Oct-16 11:19:58

I blame late 80s Neighbours. Possibly, I could even narrow the blame down to Plain Jane Super Brain.

AlexaTwoAtT Mon 31-Oct-16 11:29:56

"Maquiladora

It makes me cringe.
DNiece is in her 2nd year and DNephew is applying.
Their parents say uni, my friends say it but to me it just sounds so fake-Aussie. It's bad enough the young uns saying it but when my contemporaries say it, it's sounds as though they are trying to be cool.
Just say university FFS!"

I think it's not in the least bit cringeworthy. Do you think "varsity" would be a better abbreviation? I hope not...
I dislike the expression "young uns" more.

laurenandsophie Mon 31-Oct-16 11:32:33

Why is 'uni' wrong? I'm Australian and know no different - 'university' is so long it's as though the speaker is trying to sound smarter. What's wrong with 'uni'? (genuine question!)

mintthins Mon 31-Oct-16 11:33:50

I went to uni in the early 80s and it most definitely had nothing to do with any Australian imports. It had been referred to as that in Scotland since the dawn of time as far as I knew. In fact anyone calling it "university" was regarded as pretentious!

RhiWrites Mon 31-Oct-16 11:38:12

It's a useful shorthand. It doesn't imply anything about the speaker. It's the common argot now - and was back in the 90s when I went to uni.

And that uni was the University of Oxford and most people called it uni even if they were frightfully posh.

Maquiladora Mon 31-Oct-16 11:50:26

I wouldn't abbreviate it to varsity because I don't need to shorten it to anything.

And everyone who's ever been to Oxford says so, they never refer to it as uni or university!

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