As we write, a bunch of people in the US are arguing over whether to call a school an “universities” or “colleges.”
That’s because “univs” and “college” are sometimes used interchangeably in the same sentence, so some people get confused.
The Oxford English Dictionary defines an “Univ” as an institution that “is the primary, central, or dominant educational or scientific enterprise of the nation, region, or country.”
And it defines a “Colleg” as “a non-institution of higher education” or a “college or university.”
But in the context of the Oxford English Corpus, the distinction between universities and colleges is meaningless.
When a sentence like “univerities and colleges are both ‘collegies,’ ” the word isn’t really clear.
But the Oxford dictionary is not the only one that’s confusing the two terms.
In this video, a group of people try to define “unions” and get it right, and in this one, a student explains the difference between “colleagues” and college-level programs.
They call them “uni-collegiate associations” in this video.
The dictionary also defines “units” and has a chart explaining how it’s spelled, so you should definitely check out this article if you want to understand what “uniform unit” means in context.
It’s a little tricky to make sense of what’s being used, but in the end, the definition isn’t terribly difficult to understand.
If you want the definition for “unis,” check out the dictionary article.