I've always wondered why the verb "read" is used to basically mean "study" when describing somebody's university course. They might say:
I'm reading History at university.
And it might be said of them:
He's reading History at university.
Why "reading"? Traditionally, university has been about more than just reading; in the past perhaps even more so than now, a lot of it was about face-to-face tutoring. How did "reading" become synonymous here with "studying"? Also, why does it always seem to be used in the present tense? People don't tend to say "I read History at university 10 years ago"; once they've got the degree, they're more likely to say "I studied History at university 10 years ago".
This usage of the verb "read" may be peculiarly British; it is certainly widespread here in Britain; not sure about elsewhere.