How timely that the word happens to fall during end of semester examinations here in the U.S.! Unless I return to obtain a higher degree in my office, the word, defined within this context and usually is both spoken and written in the plural form, is irrelevant.

Of all such exams I’ve taken, it was the last one six years ago that meant the most, not because it signaled my arrival at the threshold of my chosen career, but because it was a token of victory over what had been an arduous and oppressive journey. Not having the gift of poetry, I came up with an alliteration instead, which I used as the caption:

Happy that finals are finally finalized!

I’ve taken more photos that day; this one got the caption. Yes, the alliteration is six years old.