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Old news, new errors

Today, for a novelty, several people have gotten my university wrong. It is not the University of Arkansas at Fort Worth. Neither is it, more subtly, the University of Arkansas - Little Rock (UA - Little Rock). It's UALR, or the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

After the whole York thing, I no longer feel all that apologetic about being precise about universities' names. Few random people encountered in the wild get the York thing. I went to the University of York, not York University. The first is in the UK, the second is in North York, which is in greater Toronto.

In Toronto, everyone assumed that I must mean York University.* Everywhere else, no matter how carefully I articulate it, they hear "the University of New York". I'm American, so that must be correct, right?

* The graduate student directory in my department at U of T had our previous universities listed on it. Mine was the only one for which the directory editor thought it necessary to specify country.


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Jan. 17th, 2011 04:07 pm (UTC)
Helpfully one is in North York and the other is in North Yorkshire. That should clarify no? I know someone who attended both. She gave me a York University writing pad to jot down my notes at the University of York.
Jan. 17th, 2011 04:38 pm (UTC)
My mum once gave my careers guidance "have you considered nursing?" teacher a bollocking when he failed to answer any of her questions and kept on saying "well, for Trinity she needs this and for Dublin she needs that" by asking how on earth he thought he was qualified to advise on university admissions when he didn't know that Trinity College and the University of Dublin were one and the same thing.

(He meant UCD, which just left us wondering how he described DCU.)
Jan. 17th, 2011 07:37 pm (UTC)
One of my great-grandfathers was born in Yorkville near Toronto - is that near North York?
Jan. 17th, 2011 09:39 pm (UTC)
Near, yes. Toronto used to be called York, which is why all the York*s around it. Yorkville is a fairly central neighborhood north of the city center. North York is a separate suburb, which defines most of the city's northern boundary.
Jan. 17th, 2011 08:17 pm (UTC)
I have the same problem with Washington University in St. Louis. It often gets confused with the University of Washington, or (more frequently, being in DC), with George Washington University.
Jan. 20th, 2011 09:32 pm (UTC)
Finally, over 20 years late, I now know why the U of Y was so fussy about its name.
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