During hi-how-are-you conversations (which I HATE, as many of you already know), people often say:
"You're studying in City College? Is that a community college?"
I don't know why this is, or which dumbell invented these terms, but "community college" means "two-year college." People asking this question probably don't even know that there are two-year and four-year colleges. They really mean to ask, "Is City college a public college?"
For the record:
The opposite of a private college is a public college.
The opposite of a community college is a senior college.
The other misconception is harder to clear up. People say, "Oh! You're studying math. So what are you gonna be? An accountant?"
AURGH!! All the math you need to do accounting is addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Do accountants ever plumb the mysteries of derivatives, integrals, transcendental functions, vectors, or three-dimensional surfaces? This I doubt. To quote the second greatest computer of all time and space, "Molest me not with this pocket-calculator stuff."
And now the shout out: Big N8t's latest post is good shtuff. Reminds me of my yeshiva days.