Definition:Plato's Academy/Linguistic Note

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Linguistic Note on Plato's Academy

The word Academy comes from the place where it was located, which was a grove named after a local hero Akademos (or Hecademus).

The word has sadly become debased, particularly in the UK, where an "academy" is used for a high school which, having been deemed to have failed at providing an adequate education, has been converted into an establishment less concerned about academic excellence and instead majoring on athletic activities.