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Jezikoslovac
Posted: Thursday, January 1, 2015 1:48:05 PM
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What is a mock fraternity and how is it different from a 'real' fraternity?
IMcRout
Posted: Thursday, January 1, 2015 2:53:45 PM
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Unless you are talking about an American college group like Omega Kappa Pi (don't really know if this exists, but who cares?) fraternity just means 'brotherliness'.
There can be real brotherliness or pretended, faked brotherliness, which is often used by people who want somebody's favours.
Jezikoslovac
Posted: Thursday, January 1, 2015 3:00:41 PM
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I'm talking about a real college group with a name similar to Omega Kappa Pi, but it has a prefix 'mock-'.
tunaafi
Posted: Thursday, January 1, 2015 3:09:46 PM

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Jezikoslovac wrote:
I'm talking about a real college group with a name similar to Omega Kappa Pi, but it has a prefix 'mock-'.


Can you give us more context?
Jezikoslovac
Posted: Thursday, January 1, 2015 3:19:12 PM
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I can try.

There is this college in Appleton, Wisconsin. It's called Lawrence College, and, according to this short story I'm translating, there is or there used to be a 'mock-fraternity' called 'Tappa Tappa Keg' at this college. One of the characters was its member.

I was just wondering what this 'mock-' meant in this context.
IMcRout
Posted: Thursday, January 1, 2015 3:27:32 PM
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'Tappa Tappa Keg' - that's a funny name, but not Greek.
A 'keg' is filled with beer and you 'tap' it when you want to drink.
This group is making fun of other fraternities by using a Greek-sounding name, but in reality shows nothing but their love of beer.

A keg with a tap:



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Jezikoslovac
Posted: Thursday, January 1, 2015 3:37:34 PM
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Yes, it is mentioned that all they do is drink in that fraternity.

Thanks a lot, IMc.
CatCat
Posted: Thursday, January 1, 2015 3:41:41 PM

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IMcRout wrote:
'Tappa Tappa Keg' - that's a funny name, but not Greek.
A 'keg' is filled with beer and you 'tap' it when you want to drink.
This group is making fun of other fraternities by using a Greek-sounding name, but in reality shows nothing but their love of beer.

A keg with a tap:



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That's so funny. One understands the "mock" immediately after hearing the name :)
Omar Mariani
Posted: Thursday, January 1, 2015 9:52:56 PM

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A mock fraternity is a fake fraternity, not a real one

Mock: imitation, artificial, man-made, manufactured, simulated, synthetic, ersatz, plastic, so-called, fake, false, faux, reproduction, replica, facsimile, dummy, model, toy, make-believe, sham, spurious, bogus, counterfeit, fraudulent, forged, pseudo, pretended

INFORMAL: pretend, phoney

ANTONYM: genuine

Not authentic or real, but without the intention to deceive

a mock-Georgian red brick house

Jim threw up his hands in mock horror

As the cop turns to leave, the punk's screams change from mock protest to real anger

The mock smoking group showed higher accuracy after smoking a real cigarette than after mock smoking, however their response times remained unaffected

We ate fish served with a salad and baked potatoes, followed by a dessert of real strawberries in mock cream (made up from powdered milk).

tunaafi
Posted: Friday, January 2, 2015 12:09:42 AM

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Omar Mariani wrote:
Mock: imitation, artificial, man-made, manufactured, simulated, synthetic, ersatz, plastic, so-called, fake, false, faux, reproduction, replica, facsimile, dummy, model, toy, make-believe, sham, spurious, bogus, counterfeit, fraudulent, forged, pseudo, pretended


If you are quoting from some dictionary or thesaurus, please credit your source.
kasparijus
Posted: Friday, January 2, 2015 3:35:04 AM

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tunaafi wrote:
Omar Mariani wrote:
Mock: imitation, artificial, man-made, manufactured, simulated, synthetic, ersatz, plastic, so-called, fake, false, faux, reproduction, replica, facsimile, dummy, model, toy, make-believe, sham, spurious, bogus, counterfeit, fraudulent, forged, pseudo, pretended


If you are quoting from some dictionary or thesaurus, please credit your source.



Happy New Year to you too.Boo hoo!
Romany
Posted: Friday, January 2, 2015 9:06:31 AM
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Hey, Kasparijus -

Omar is also a learner. He wants to improve his English whether written or spoken - or else he wouldn't have joined the forum.

If he is willing to engage in an English forum - whether it's Xmas, New Year or his birthday - then why should be be prevented from learning?

Tuna's right: in English, unless one puts "cut n' pastes" into inverted commas and cites the source, it's called "plagiarising". Students will fail exams - or even be expelled - for plagiarism. Professionals can lose their jobs. People lose their credibility.

Omar wants to learn, but if he is not aware of this part of how to write English correctly he could get himself into sticky situations. It's all part of learning to express oneself in English.
kasparijus
Posted: Friday, January 2, 2015 11:45:14 AM

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Hey, Romany,
in a formal text one must use proper referencing. However, in an informal communication, like this one, I would not be so strict. My comment did not criticize any of the contributors to this discussion but to remind one of them not to be so strict, especially so at the onset of the New year.
tunaafi
Posted: Friday, January 2, 2015 11:52:33 AM

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kasparijus wrote:
However, in an informal communication, like this one, I would not be so strict.


Then you would be doing a disservice to the forum. Personal opinions are irrelevant here. No site such as this one can afford to be seen as soft on plagiarism.
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