swot

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  • noun a diligent, hard-working student. A pejorative term which has survived from the mid-19th century into modern usage. It is an alteration of ‘sweat’ and, like that word, may be used as a noun or a verb. In the USA there are many terms used enviously or contemptuously of conscientious fellow-students, among them grind, pencil-geek, squid and wonk.
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