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When I got to this page I found "curriculum" defined as "resume" [sic]... I don't know offhand of "curriculum" being used by itself instead of "curriculum vitae" for that, so I moved it to Derived terms.... if anyone knows whether it has that use, it can be put back. —Muke Tever 17:22, 1 Apr 2004 (UTC)

Latin entries[edit]

I am confused by the presence of indefinite articles on the definitions in the Latin section. Does the word have to refer specifically to "a race" and not "the race" or is this a mistake? cwbr77 (talk) 14:21, 23 October 2014 (UTC)

I'm not seeking a change to the entry, but would like to understand why the plural of the Latin curriculum is not curriculae. I don't know any more Latin than any other native English-speaking college grad from the U.S., which is to say not much.

I've been trying to come up with an example from English to explain with, but I can't think of any. I can point out that curriculum was a 'second declension' noun, with singular ending '-um' and plural '-a'. The '-ae' ending comes from 'first declension' nouns, which in the singular end in '-a'. An example of a first declension noun would be formula, hence formulae, and rota, hence the oddness (I feel it's odd, anyway) of "rotas"; in Latin it would have been rotae. Given the page we're on, it's worth noting that "vitae" in "curriculum vitae" isn't a plural, but a genitive (a form of words roughly meaning "of X"), so it seems to mean "race of life". cwbr77 (talk) 21:52, 15 May 2015 (UTC)
I think it's "course of life". Equinox 10:20, 16 May 2015 (UTC)
That makes more sense. I suppose it was probably coined while the word was in use by English speakers. cwbr77 (talk) 09:21, 17 May 2015 (UTC)