Friday, January 29, 2010

SCR

SCR stands for “Senior Common Room”. The usage of this acronym confused me for quite some time. SCR refers not only to the actual room itself, but also to all the people who have access to said room – I.e., the “grown-ups” in our college --- fellows, lecturers, tutors, postdocs, and so forth. Similarly, JCR is “Junior Common Room,” meaning the undergrads, and MCR is “Middle Common Room”, meaning grad students. There are also actual rooms known as the JCR and MCR as well (although they are not as posh as the SCR).

Sometimes the use of this nomenclature for both the room and the group of people gets a bit confusing. The SCR eats at high table. (Note that I did not say “the members of the SCR eat”, but rather “the SCR eats” which makes it sound like the room itself is eating at high table, sounds a bit silly until you get used to it). On normal days, the MCR does not eat at high table, but for formal Hall dinner, the MCR joins the SCR at high table and after dinner both the SCR and the MCR go to the SCR.

4 comments:

Loren said...

Don't they use JCR and SCR that way at Hahvahd?

Steve said...

Copycats! (If they do use these terms at Harvard, I never heard them...)

Carissa said...

Isn't there some funny english-ism wherein you would actually say the "SCR eat" rather than the "SCR eats"? (Like "my family are from ___" instead of "my family is from ___")

Reed said...

High table? No big deal. Now high chairs at the high table for all you 'seniors' would be a sight.