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Egoexpress

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Hungary, Hungarian
Hello there,

There's a certain initiation for first graders at high schools, they have to perform funny tasks. What do you call that? I'm not sure about the word initiation, there must be a colloquial word, though.

Thank you!
 
  • phanmo

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    English-Canada, French-France and Canada
    I would generally use the word "initiation", but sometimes the word "hazing" is used, at least in North America. I should point out that "hazing" has almost always a negative connotation, whereas "initiation" is neutral.
    "First graders" refers only to children just starting school, usually 4 or 5 years old. First year university students are usually called "freshmen", "freshers", or "frosh".
    Initiations are more common at the university level, rather than in high school.
     

    bookworm21

    Member
    English
    In Australia (and I'm pretty sure its the same in the UK, but a Brit would know that answer) we don't use 'first graders' or 'freshmen' etc.

    If talking about those in the first year of university, we usually use 'first year' instead, as in "Its time for the First-years' initiation'.

    If talking about high school, they are simply referred to by there year numbers - eg Year 7's, 8's, etc. But as phanmo pointed out, initiation's do not occur at high school level.

    We also do not use 'hazing' very often (if at all), its usually just 'initiation', or perhaps 'rite of passage' (not as common).

    Hope this is useful.
     

    abenr

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    English, USA
    I would generally use the word "initiation", but sometimes the word "hazing" is used, at least in North America. I should point out that "hazing" has almost always a negative connotation, whereas "initiation" is neutral.
    "First graders" refers only to children just starting school, usually 4 or 5 years old. First year university students are usually called "freshmen", "freshers", or "frosh".
    Initiations are more common at the university level, rather than in high school.
    In the US, first year high school students are also called freshmen.
     
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    Loob

    Senior Member
    English UK
    Just a PS: I think inititation ceremony would be more usual than initiation party.
     
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