[Ads-l] commuting and commuter students

Barretts Mail mail.barretts at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jun 6 21:21:44 EDT 2017

Wiktionary includes commuting (https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/commute <https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/commute>) as something that students do and allows leeway for commuters to be students (https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/commuter: <https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/commuter:> A person who regularly travels from one place to another, typically to work), but the online Oxford Dictionaries do not (commuter: https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/us/commuter <https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/us/commuter>, commute: https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/us/commute <https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/us/commute>).

I admit that expressions like “commuting hours” and “commuters on the train” bring up images of workers not students in general usage, but the words are also commonly employed in a school context.

Benjamin Barrett
Formerly of Seattle, WA
The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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