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Elaine writes:
Which usage is correct...graduated high school or graduated from high school?
To hear graduated without from is as painful to the ears as "went missing"..both usages seem to have entered our language fairly recently.

It's even more complicated than you think. My dictionary reminds me that "He graduated from college is now more widely used than the older form, He was graduated from college. He graduated college is considered nonstandard."

In other words, graduating used to be something they did to you; now it's something you do for yourself. Like Elaine, I prefer graduated from.

But I continue to be surprised by the opposition to "went missing." It's very widespread in Commonwealth countries; Canadian news reports use it frequently, and we simply take it for granted.

For an interesting discussion of how "gone missing" began spreading in the US, see this article in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Meanwhile, a missing-persons website in Britain proudly calls itself Gone Missing UK.

Update: On December 28, Globe and Mail columnist Russell Smith has made some interesting observations about "graduating" and other usage problems: You can fax it, just don't write me. You won't agree with everything he says, but he's worth thinking about.

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