When did this arise? 
Posted: 15 May 2017 08:32 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Lately I’ve come across rising used in an unfamiliar way:

A rising xxxx — about to be a _________.

“President Barack Obama’s daughters, Malia and Sasha, enrolled at Sidwell in 2009.  Malia graduated in 2016, took a gap year, and will attend Harvard University in the fall. Sasha is a rising junior.”

A dictionary offers this as its last entry:
approaching (a specified age).
“she was thirty-nine rising forty”

Is this new?  Or, most likely, am I just out of touch with linguistic evolution during the past few centuries?

Posted: 15 May 2017 11:12 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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It’s been used for quite a while in the academic context of your quote, as a handy way of unambiguously referring to the academic year of students between school years (e.g., during summer break) or in discussing courses to be taken the next year ("All rising sophomores must register for Western Civ.” means that students who are currently freshmen but will be sophomores next semester must sign up for the class.)