Words at Play : Big Words on Campus
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#1: Culture

When students return to campus each year, we see a spike in lookups of terms popular in academia. We hope this list helps shed light on these words.

Definition:

: the beliefs, customs, arts, etc., of a particular society, group, place, or time

Example:

"Architectures of Globalization: Contested Spaces of Global Culture" – title of a course at University of California, Berkeley

About the Word:

Culture has an ancestor in the Latin cultura, meaning "cultivation." Both land (agricultura) and people (cultura animi, "cultivation of the soul," in the words of the Roman Cicero) can be cultivated ("improved by labor, care, or study").

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