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I always find the expression "extra-curricular activities" very clumsy.

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  • Could you please provide some examples?
    – tchrist
    May 16, 2014 at 4:26
  • No. There seems to be no other expression that gives exactly the same meaning as 'extra-curricular activities'. It's not that clumsy, only a bit long.
    – Kris
    May 16, 2014 at 6:28
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    Colloquially, sex is often a good, brief synonym. May 16, 2014 at 12:55
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    @JanusBahsJacquet Where slut is just a euphemism for someone who has more sex than the speaker. :)
    – tchrist
    May 16, 2014 at 16:25
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    What @JanusBahsJacquet says is true. However, it is also true that virtually all official language (and this is very official) can be used (and therefore has been used) as a euphemism for something that's taboo. One takes that for granted. Especially in writing, where there's no intonation to distinguish taboo uses from innocent ones. May 16, 2014 at 16:46

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Fun stuff. Hobbies. Outside activities. After school stuff. It would help to know the context, so as to know how formal it needs to be.

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I've heard people who elide the activities, calling them extracurriculars.

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  • extracurriculars means outside your career or daily routine. It has a different meaning outside the context. Just FYI for non-native speakers. May 16, 2014 at 5:25
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Sometimes they are referred to after school activities, you could just call them clubs and sports, maybe nonscholastic activities. You are talking about all activities that happen at a school outside of normal classes. Not sure there is a nice short word for this.

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Supplementary education can also be a synonym as its an important part along with education.

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No decurtated term was found, but extracurricular activity synonyms are:

  • after-school activity

  • extraclassroom activity

  • noncollegiate activity

  • nonscholastic activity

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  • I said after-school and nonscholastic yesterday. The other two don't make sense. May 16, 2014 at 16:36
  • Sorry but the thesaurus gave the definitions -your disagreement is with them. Also, I clearly stated all the thesaurus terms offered as a summary without edit to clarify the limited choice
    – Third News
    May 16, 2014 at 17:04
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    So your answers are just copied from a thesaurus without context? What thesaurus gives you noncollegiate activity? May 16, 2014 at 17:16
  • Question: "Does “extra-curricular activities” have a short term?" My answer: "No decurtated term was found" I hope this clarifies your confusion. :-)
    – Third News
    May 16, 2014 at 17:35

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