intermural vs intramural vs extramural : Common Errors in English

About intermural vs intramural vs extramural

“Intramural” means literally “within the walls” and refers to activities that take place entirely within an institution. When at Macbeth State University the Glamis Hall soccer team plays against the one from Dunsinane Hall, that’s an intramural game. But when MSU’s Fighting Scots travel to go up against Cawdor U. in the Porter’s Bowl, the game is “extramural” (“outside the walls”)—though the perfectly correct “intercollegiate” is more often used instead). “Intermural,” a rare word that means “between the walls,”is constantly both said and written when “intramural” is meant.

intermural Meaning(s)

  • (s) between two or more institutions etc

intramural Meaning(s)

  • (a) carried on within the bounds of an institution or community

extramural Meaning(s)

  • (a) carried on outside the bounds of an institution or community

intramural in News

  1. 'Monsters University' Review: Wait, Didn't We See All This in 'The Internship'?

    By Alonso Duralde LOS ANGELES ( - Two charming, flawed protagonists at the end of their rope must rally together a team of misfits and win a big intramural competition to keep their career hopes alive. If you identified that as the plot of "The Internship," that would be correct, but it's also a synopsis of "Monsters University," Disney/Pixar's prequel to 2001's lightweight but ...
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  2. High-tech ‘concuss’ detector

    MIDDLETOWN, NY — Technology that could alert coaches when an athlete has suffered a concussion is being tested at an upstate high school. Students at Middletown HS wore impact-sensing mouth guards for three days of intramural practices last week, The Times Herald- Record reported. The mouth guard, under development at i1...
    on June 9, 2013 Source: New York Post

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