In a recent exchange of messages in our Senior Citizens group, two long lost classmates from our National Defence Academy tried to place each other by asking when each had passed out. They obviously meant this kind of passing out where the ritual of throwing a cadet is normal. This is from one of our Officers’ Training Academies.
It is also quite common to ask fellow alumni in our Business School Alumni meeting to ask each other as to when one passed out.
If I am around and I get a word in, I inevitably ask “how and when did you revive?”
For me, this is what is meant by passing out:
My mind keeps asking why people cannot use the word graduating instead of passing out. I think that it is more appropriate. What do you, my dear reader, think?